Taking a Break for Better Health

By Myra Bennett

I heard a story from African folklore about a caravan of traders traveling on foot through Africa. After several days, their African assistants stopped and took a break. When the traders asked why, the Africans explained, “We have been traveling so long and so fast that we need to wait for our souls to catch up with our bodies.”

In this fast-paced world we live in, there are times when we all feel mentally, physically and spiritually exhausted. We may have lost our sense of balance in our work and personal lives. At these times, we need to stop and allow our bodies and souls time to repair.

According to the World Health Organization, “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” When any one of these components is out of balance, we are at risk for emotional conflict, burnout and disease.

Studies show that there is a relationship between the mind and emotions to a person’s overall state of health. Dr. Candace Pert’s research draws a direct correlation between the immune system and the health of body/mind/spirit. Talking to a professional counselor is an opportunity to experience a rest stop in life’s stressful journey. It is a place to refresh your soul, gain new awareness about your overall health, rediscover your strengths, and create a plan of positive action for your life.

If you have been pushing too hard, moving too fast or traveling life’s journey too long without taking a break, call the Living Well Network at 901-762-8558 and request a referral to a counselor. It could change your health.

Myra Bennett has a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Faith and Health.