The family model is about parents and children. Just like a football team, which consists of a team of eleven players, we recognise the dynamics of what makes a great team. A great football team is aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their team mates. Good team mates don’t knock a person down because of their weaknesses, but they learn to build each other up by supporting their strengths.
Every family needs to work together as a team. We all have different gifts, talents and abilities each of us must learn to recognise our strengths. Ensure each family member begins to develop their talents in whichever area they are gifted in. If we don’t use our talents we could very well loose our talents.
Family Wellbeing consists of spiritual, physical, mental and social harmony to your body, mind and soul. As a family you have to look at what you like to do spiritually to nourish yourself. It does not have to mean picking up a new religion, but if you want to do that the choice is yours. It might mean meditating every day, or closing your eyes. There is ‘no one shoe fits all’ when it comes to spiritual development- you have to find what suits you best.
Physical Wellbeing incorporates development of your body ensuring self control over what you eat and drink. It is about exercising your body either in the gym or in the park, the swimming pool, or playing a new sport. There are no limits to what exercise you can do; but for physical wellbeing, inner peace and building confidence it is advised to exercise at least three to five times a week.
Mental Wellbeing is a development of the mind. This can be achieved through reading, puzzles, crosswords, chess and playing music. It is imperative to maintain a sound mind at all times and this is achieved through day to day development.
Social Wellbeing is an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. This could be through going out to dinner, going to the cinema, organizing a day out and generally just spending time together talking and updating each other on the latest news of what is going on in our lives. It is important to have family and friends to spend time with.
If you ever feel out of balance, begin today to get balance in your life and your families through spiritual wellbeing, physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing and social wellbeing.
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By Christopher R. Hesse Editor Natasha Nkantu