How Does Your Mental, Physical and Spiritual Health Affect Your Relationships?

Your physical health’s effect on your relationships with your spouse and friends: Conquering your physical health

From my perspective, the most important piece affecting our relationships with our loved ones is our physical health. Our physical health affects our mental health and our spiritual health. Our physical health is determined by our life style. This involves our daily diet and our daily activity or the lack there of. If we don’t have righteous thinking and discipline, our physical health will suffer dramatically. If we don’t live a healthy life style, then we are going to age quickly with poor health physically and mentally. We have to maintain a healthy body and mind in order to be happy and our happiness determines how well we relate to our loved ones.

Our body speaks to us 24/7, 365 days a year and the problem is that we don’t listen. If you feel an ache, feel sluggish, feel lack of energy and if you are a little heavier than you would like to be, don’t ignore what your body is saying to you. Get off your backside and do something about it. Our outlook in life is more positive and more God like when we are feeling good. As we become more negative about life because of our physical health, we become less God like.

Your mental health’s effects on your relationships with your spouse and friends: Conquering your mental health

It is a snowball effect in that our physical health affects our mental health, which in turns affects our spiritual health. All of this has an effect on our relationship with our loved ones. If we are feeling good about ourselves, then we are going to be more caring and compassionate with our spouses, family and friends. Aside from personal and employment issues, our mental state is closely related to our physical state. So, it benefits us to make every effort to stay healthy physically and mentally. Our physical and mental health will help us deal better with any stressful situation that may arise from our daily interactions. Keep in mind that time is not on your side because if you are procrastinating as to when you are going to start some form of exercise and make changes in your life style, you are kidding yourself. The longer you put off getting your body and mind in shape, the worse your situation is going to get. The healthier you are mentally, the healthier you will be in your daily interactions.

Your spiritual health’s effect on your relationships with your spouse and friends: Conquering your spiritual health

For the love of God, anyone who is reading this article, if you are active physically, mentally and spiritually, please continue to do so and if you are not active physically and mentally, do yourself a favor and become more active because you don’t want to die a slow death physically and mentally in your golden years. Do this for yourself and for your loved ones. The culmination of your physical and mental health is your spiritual health. This God-like state of mind is what allows you to live a wonderful life. A life that is full of love, caring and compassion is a spiritual life. This is what Jesus teaching was all about. It is the feeling of loving life, respecting life, treating everyone and every living being with reverence that makes us a spiritual being in the likeness of our creator. It makes no difference whether you attend a house of prayer on a weekly basis or not as long as you meditate/pray in your secret place (the kingdom within) and keep a constant relationship with God in your own way. Your spiritual health will determine the health of your relationship with your spouse, your children, your friends and your community.

For more information, please read Mindful Loving by Henry Grayson and Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox.

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Leonel R. DaRosa, M. Ed. Guidance Counselor

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