A new year usually ushers in a new desire to get in shape, particularly physically. Physical fitness is certainly a key aspect of wellness. However, it is only one element of being fit. Mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness are also key elements of wellbeing. In 2023, I am going to focus on improving my fitness in each of these four areas.
For me, personally, the answer is no. I need to lose weight, lower my blood pressure, and improve my cardio. One objective I hope to accomplish in 2023 is improving my overall fitness level.
One thing I plan to do in order to achieve my physical fitness goal is to walk at least three miles every day, in addition to the amount I walk at work. Yes, I move a lot at work. However, I need to walk the extra steps to kickstart my overall conditioning.
Naturally, a second piece of getting physically fit revolves around diet. I need to make much better food choices than I have in recent years. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables in my diet is something that I need to do along with cutting down on meat.
What are your plans to get physically fit in 2023?
Last year, I decided to focus more on my mental health. Weekly counseling sessions are an integral part of my personal effort to maintain good mental health. Talking to someone about the things I encounter in my Christian ministry has made a significant difference in my state of mind.
Another thing that helps me keep my sanity is a new practice I started last Summer: drawing. I find that drawing has increased my concentration and attention to detail. It’s keeping my mind sharp while also giving it the necessary rest from the daily grind.
Chess is also something that I’ve included as part of my mental fitness routine for years. I frequently play games on my smartphone as well as playing the occasional game in person. I’ve found playing chess keeps my mind sharp.
Unfortunately, you can’t simply repair your mental health with a strip of duct tape.
What routine practices do you employ geared to help you stay mentally sound?
I’m going to get better at dealing with my emotions. My counselor indicated that this seems to be an area I can grow in. I think because of negative experiences tied to my expressing my emotions, I’ve learned to suppress them. This is something I believe I’ve grappled with all my life.
How is your emotional health during these highly uncertain, tumultuous times?
I’m planning on being more intentional regarding my time with God. Terri and I are working through a Bible reading plan that will have us reading through Scripture more slowly. How slow? One chapter a week. We start on Sunday and then we plan to sit down for a time of sharing what we learned from our reading the following Saturday. Our prayer is that we grow deeper to God and closer together as well.
What steps are you planning to take in order to grow deeper spiritually in the year ahead?
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.Psalm 16:8 (New Living Translation)
Friend, are you fit for life or fit to be tied?
This is an excellent question to ask yourself as we kickoff a new year.
Friend, I pray that this post offers you some inspiration and encouragement to improve your overall wellbeing in 2023. As we begin a new year, it is important to reassess where we are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I pray that whatever your goals are for the new year that 2023 is filled with a multitude of God’s blessing. May your walk with the Lord grow deeper as you continue faithfully pursuing Him.
May your soul rise up and meet the Lord daily as the day rises to meet the sun.
Many, many blessings,
The Devotional Guy™
The Devotional Guy™ Rainer Bantau ©2023