Wellbeing is something we all want, we all strive for, we all hope to achieve in life. The ‘total’ part means that wellbeing is not just one thing. There is a sum of parts: the mind, the body and the spirit.
Imagine a triangle – one of the sides is the mind, the way you think, the way you process, the way you relate with what you’re experiencing in life. The next one is the body, the vehicle that takes us from point A to point B. The body is the place that we live inside of. It’s our temple. The last one is the spirit, it’s beyond the body, beyond the mind, it’s like our soul.
If you’re trying to feel good in life there’s no bandaid, there is no quickfix, there is no magic formula, there’s no new product, no new book.
If you want to feel good in life, the triangle of mind, body and spirit is something that needs to be addressed and something that needs to be touched every single day. So when you wake up in the morning or sometime throughout the day, can you say you’ve done something for your mind? Have you done something for your body? And have you done something for your spirit? Most of us realize that on some days we do some of all, and some days we don’t do any. And we wonder why we don’t feel good.
For family members whose loved ones are going through addiction, they may have been neglecting their mind, body and spirit for a long time because they’re hyperfocused on the fear of, “Is my loved one going to live?” For all the moms and dads that sleep with their phone on their chest at night, for all the moms and dads that drive around neighborhoods and areas that they’re terrified of driving, looking for their kid, for all the moms and dads that go to a drug dealer’s house to give some money to a drug dealer because their kid is in debt, do you have any idea what that does to the mind, body and the spirit?
As a family member who is in your own recovery, if you don’t start addressing the mind, body and spirit yourself, it may lead to something called psychosomatic illness because our mind and body are connected. If you recognize that you have neglected yourself for a long time, the only way things are going to change is when you change. When are you going to start putting yourself first?
Incidentally, Total Wellbeing is the 2nd pillar of success in the 12 Pillars of Success. It is an important foundational pillar for success in recovery.
Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.
Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.
Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.