By Cass Manalastas and Sophie De Haan
As we experience the uncertainties around returning to hybrid learning, we are trying to make sense of what is in our control and take action around it. While our minds are constantly trying to integrate our experiences and the ambiguities we face, our bodies are also attempting to feel empowered in circumstances that feel immobilizing.
Wellness Coach Luis Figueroa shares in this article that “when we feel emotionally unbalanced, our bodies can also get out of balance.” If you are going through experiences like lack of sleep/oversleeping, changes in appetite due to anxiety, headaches, and other physical symptoms, it may be your body asking you to pay attention to something. The article expands on the connection between mind, body and spirit and ways to strengthen this connection to foster wellness. The Washington Post also has a helpful visual about what body-based wellness looks like from head to toe. We strongly recommend this visual for you and your families!
For those seeking more information about the mind-body-spirit connection from a scientific perspective, Deepak Chopra discusses in this Wellness video the connections between these three aspects of our well-being and how we can sustain well-being in the long term.
Lastly, it is important to recognize that these strategies do not address the systemic inequities that we are storing collectively in our bodies. It is not completely on you to feel holistically well in an environment that continues to oppress marginalized bodies, whether it’s race, class or gender. We can continue to do our self-work and love ourselves and be dissatisfied with the contributions (or lack thereof) from the system to our own well-being.