Cultivating balance that prioritizes your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health not only enhances your quality of life, but also can reduce the risk of such chronic health problems as cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Jones’ overall philosophy for balance is rooted in the following strategies:
Physical health requires exercise, good nutrition, and rest. Exercise, movement, and chiropractic adjustments help strengthen bones, joints, and muscles and improve range of motion. Exercise also stimulates the lymphatic system, helps you maintain a healthy body weight, improves mental health, and nourishes and repairs all areas of the body by circulating nutrients and oxygen. Getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep, in a totally dark room, especially between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., allows repair and regeneration. Eating whole, fresh foods nourishes the body and can help prevent early aging.
Emotional and mental wellness means creating healthy boundaries and learning to express feelings appropriately. A strong network of friends, pastors, and health professionals helps you process negative emotions that can be harmful and toxic to the body. Equally important is time spent enjoying things that have nothing to do with work or responsibilities. Joyfully “getting lost” in such activities as knitting, gardening, writing, pottery, tennis, or golf eases nonproductive stress and mind chatter.
Spiritual health thrives in a lifestyle of connecting daily with God through scripture, prayer, and stillness. God speaks in many ways, and the ability to hear God is developed through patient, intentional listening. Being conscious and present to God beyond you, in you, and around you opens the spirit to receive guidance, make changes, and experience a more focused, peaceful life.
“A more balanced life enables us to ride out the storms with acceptance and preparedness,” Dr. Jones says. “When challenges come, they can be embraced as opportunities for growth and maturity. We learn to live with flexibility and gratitude, nurturing and acknowledging our changing needs.”