Nurturing Mind, Body and Soul
Published: August 20, 2023
By: Beth Brown, Ph.D.
Ah, the wondrous month of August, where the warmth of summer lingers, and families come together to savor the last pieces of summer before school is in full swing. Amidst the countless activities that beckon, there is one that stands out, offering a harmonious blend of rejuvenation, self-care, and cherished moments: National Wellness Month.
For me, the concept of wellness is far more than a fleeting trend or a passing fad; it has been a profound and lifelong pursuit. The seeds of this pursuit were sown in the cherished memories of my youth, where outdoor adventures with friends and family taught me the value of physical activity, connection with nature, and the joy of sharing laughter with loved ones. These experiences nurtured a deep appreciation for the importance of nurturing our bodies, minds, and spirits.
During this time of year, families are gifted with an opportunity to reconnect with the essence of what it means to be truly well. We can embark on a journey of self-discovery, tuning in to the needs of our bodies and minds. Through mindfulness practices, we can cultivate awareness and find solace in the present moment, appreciating the wonders of life that often go unnoticed in the whirlwind of our daily routines.
National Wellness Month invites us to explore a diverse array of activities that cater to the well-being of both body and soul. From invigorating outdoor adventures that energize our senses to nurturing our bodies with wholesome foods that provide sustenance and vitality, each experience serves as a brushstroke on the canvas of well-being.
Now, let’s delve into the profound significance of National Wellness Month and explore the myriad of benefits it offers to families:
Embracing Holistic Well-being: National Wellness Month is an invitation to families to prioritize their overall well-being. It encourages a holistic approach, nurturing the mind, body, and soul. From practicing mindfulness to engaging in physical activities and fostering emotional connections, this month-long celebration reminds us that true wellness encompasses all aspects of our lives.
Enjoying Quality Time and Connection: In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle, leaving little time for meaningful connections with loved ones. National Wellness Month serves as a precious reminder to carve out quality time for family. Whether it’s exploring the outdoors together, cooking nourishing meals as a family, or simply engaging in heart-to-heart conversations, these moments strengthen the familial bond and create cherished memories.
Prioritizing Self-Care: National Wellness Month underscores the importance of self-care, not just for parents but for children as well. It’s a time to slow down and listen to what our bodies and minds need. Encouraging kids to care for themselves sets a foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits. From getting enough rest to engaging in hobbies that bring joy, prioritizing self-care is a gift that keeps on giving.
Savoring Nutritious Delights: As we embark on our wellness journey, let’s not forget the importance of nourishing our bodies with wholesome foods. National Wellness Month provides an excellent opportunity for families to explore and savor nutritious delights together. From farm-to-table experiences to preparing delicious and healthy meals at home, families can embark on a culinary adventure that fuels both body and soul.
Experiencing Nature’s Beauty: National Wellness Month encourages families to embrace the outdoors. Nature has a way of healing and revitalizing us, and spending time amidst its splendor can be therapeutic. Whether hiking through scenic trails, meditating by a serene lake, or simply breathing in the fresh air in a local park, nature has a profound way of restoring our sense of peace and wonder.
Practicing Mindfulness and Mental Wellness: In our fast-paced world, mental wellness often takes a backseat. National Wellness Month prompts families to practice mindfulness and embrace mental well-being. From meditation sessions to gratitude practices, families can learn together how to manage stress, enhance focus, and cultivate a sense of balance in their lives.
Learning and Growing Together: National Wellness Month offers an abundance of learning opportunities for families to explore together. From attending wellness workshops to trying out new activities like yoga, tai chi, or dance, families can embark on a shared journey of self-discovery and growth.
National Wellness Month is a reminder that taking care of ourselves and our families is an essential act of love. By prioritizing holistic well-being, quality time, self-care, and nurturing connections, families can create a foundation of strength and resilience that will serve them well in all facets of life.
Beth Brown, Ph.D., is a lifelong educator on a mission to inspire families and kids to have fun, become more active and learn life lessons through sports in her children’s book series Adventures with Divot & Swish. After picking up a basketball at age 2 and swinging her first golf club at age 8, Beth was hooked on sports. Her youth sport participation paved the way for her collegiate success as a member of the University of Oklahoma basketball and conference champion women’s golf teams. She currently serves as Senior Player Development Advisor for the recently launched United States Golf Association’s (USGA) National Development Program.