Relevant to Publish Fall Wellness Series of Articles and Podcasts to Promote Holistic Health and Wellness, with Support from UHSM Health Share

I think we can all agree there is no greater gift God gives us than life, and our health. To honor His generosity, our team at UHSM Health Share worked with Relevant to develop a Fall Wellness Series. We hope you enjoy these articles and podcasts; and we pray they inspire discussion and action that serves to enhance your holistic health and wellbeing.

 

Some of the first few articles in this series are already online, and linked below, such as Why Healthcare is a Christian Issue and How to Lose the COVID Fifteen. Others will continue to publish over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy the series and welcome your feedback on the types of content you’d like to see covered.

Do Your Career Choices Show You Trust In God Or Yourself?

Knowledge and education are vital to surviving in our world. At young ages, we are sent to school to better understand the world in the hopes of successfully navigating it. Those who have not lacked education are among the most privileged individuals on this planet. Is it possible to be too educated? Absolutely not. But a danger we face with education is thinking we are in control of our lives and our future. After all, that’s the message sold to us in society: Go to college and you will get the perfect job. Get a 4.0 GPA and you will most likely end up in a high-paying job. Chase your dreams and you will be happy, the list goes on.

Are You In The ‘Right’ Job?

Have you ever asked yourself the question: Am I in the right job?  Your work may be your calling, but your calling may change over time, right? Let’s share six perspectives to help answer that question.

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Is Physical Health A Spiritual Issue?

I haven’t been a member at the gym for an hour yet. I’m standing with about two dozen other members, all of us just finished with a morning workout. We’re heaving. Our hands rest on our shaky knees. Our excess clothing has been cast into sweaty piles around the gym. And our trainer is asking us to partake in a Bible study. I wouldn’t have been more surprised if he’d asked us to do a jig.

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Why Healthcare Is A Christian Issue

As another election season approaches, healthcare has once again become a politicized topic in the American news cycles. The bitterness in both sides’ rhetoric suggest little hope for reconciliation, especially given the foundational disagreement regarding the role of government. As a Christian inundated by social media, political headlines and talk shows, I confess that distinguishing whether my stances on healthcare are rooted in the Bible or something else becomes difficult.

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Andy Mineo On How To Lose The COVID Fifteen

There are, unfortunately, a lot of ways to get unhealthy in the pandemic era. Many of us are still staying inside, and gyms across the U.S. are largely shuttered in an attempt to keep people trying to get healthy from getting sick instead. If you’ve packed on a quarantine fifteen, no need to be ashamed. You are certainly not alone.

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How To Get Into The Best Mental Health Shape Of Your Life

Just as a personal trainer encourages you to target specific areas of growth, we’ve gathered a group of seven mental health “trainers” to help coach you on various ways you can be more mentally strong this year, in all areas of your life.

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‘Body Issues’ Are Spiritual, Too

We compare ourselves to others in the gym. We come away from movies wanting to exercise for eight hours. We would rather jump in front of a truck than take our shirts off at the pool. We feel pathetic and small. We look at ourselves in almost every mirror we pass. When alone, we flex—not because we like what we see, but because we don’t. We have spent hundreds of dollars on pre-workout, weight-loss and weight-gain supplements. We research the best way to bulk, shred, diet and binge.

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Getting In Shape Is Easier Than You Think

Here we are at the end of October. It’s getting cold out, and those well-meaning quarantine resolutions you made all those weeks ago seem far away. Especially that one to “get in shape.”

That’s where we come in. With a little tough love.

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Gaining A Healthy Body Image

In many areas of my life, there’s a quiet sense that I don’t measure up, but in this area, there’s just too much to measure. It doesn’t help that Grandma and her friends are the only ones who dote on my body or that the only things that fit from those petite clothing stores in the mall are hair clips. Like acne and annoying boys, I thought the issues of size, weight and body image would just go away with the passage into adulthood. I was wrong.

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The Surprising Links Between Faith And Health

If religious faith could be packaged in a pill, the stock price of drug companies would soar. Religion, not merely spirituality, is a profound predictor of health. Spiritual practices can reduce blood pressure, strengthen the immune system and help stave off some effects of mental illness about as well as many drugs on the market.

Consider these five ways that faith is really good for you.

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Angela Manuel Davis On How Physical Exercise Has Transformed Her Spiritual Life

As a former member of USA Track and Field Team, Angela was a five-time All-American who has now turned her attention to AARMY, where she’s the Co-Founder & Chief Motivation Officer. She’s trained the likes of Beyoncé , Jay-Z, David Beckham and Kerry Washington, and now she’s trying to help others discover the connections between fitness and spirituality. She told RELEVANT a little about her style of fitness and why it feels so revolutionary.

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Lecrae’s Five Tips For Staying Holistically Healthy In Pandemic Season

Lecrae was kind enough to share his tips for staying on top of his wellness. “If you’re a Christian, God has provided means for healing and restoration,” he explains. “And so it can be supernatural. It can be a prayer and ‘Wow, look at this, everything’s different!’”

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Brittney Moses On How The Church Can Be A Solution In The Mental Health Crisis

For all the talk about mental health that has become extremely prevalent in 2020, the conversation in faith groups can still be a little stilted. Most people understand, at this point, that acute anxiety is not a symptom on unrepentant sin and a good counselor can be an answer to — not a substitute for — prayer. But there are still a lot of questions about just how Christians should think about mental and emotional health, and what role healthy spirituality plays in a healthy interior life.

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Thanksgiving Is No Time To Obsess About Healthy Eating

As you’re planning your (safe, socially distanced) Thanksgiving feast this year, you might feel the temptation towards moderation. After all, it’s been a long quarantine season. You may have gained a little weight from all that late night boredom snacking. Maybe you should cut back a little for Thanksgiving, right?

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What I Wish I Knew About My Body In My Twenties

I spent a good portion of my twenties focusing on my body and being critical about the shape of it, the size of it, the weight of it. If my pant size moved up, I did what I could to move the size back down. I worried that my body wasn’t as it should be, that it wasn’t good enough and that it needed to change.

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Beyond Fat And Thin

Whenever I work out at the YMCA, I am reminded of a great scene in Mean Girls. The “plastics” are hanging out at Regina’s house when they start taking turns standing in front of the mirror, criticizing their bodies. They complain about their huge hips, fat calves, man shoulders, weird hairlines, huge pores and imperfect nail-beds. Lindsay Lohan’s character, Cady, says to herself, “I used to think there was just fat and skinny. Apparently there’s a lot of things that can be wrong on your body.” I sure know how she feels.

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COVID-19 And The Church: An Emergency Physician Reflects On 2020

As a doctor, what has 2020 been like for you? 2020 has been trying. It’s a lot of ups and downs. I think I’ve seen more just hardship in any other time of practicing any of this. It’s just things that we weren’t ready for. Going into medicine, I expected to be with people on some of their hardest days, but we don’t expect to do it with people not being able to be next to their family members. That is one of the hardest parts.

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5 Keys To Boost Your Mental Health During The 2020 Holidays

In a “normal” year, the holiday season is viewed by many as a joyful time to celebrate with family and friends, attend or host parties and spend hours at the mall shopping for the perfect gifts. For others, however, this time of year may be a stressful trigger that can elevate mental health problems, increase feelings of loneliness and isolation, or intensify grief for lost loved ones. And in this unprecedented year, there is the added burden of being in the middle of a pandemic that affects all of us in one way or another. Holidays aside, stress, anxiety and depression have skyrocketed as people try to navigate their way with so much uncertainty.

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The Difference Between Dieting And Fasting

New Year’s resolution season is just around the corner, which means things like eating more veggies, cutting calories and jogging regimens are on the brain. But the downfall of these resolutions is that they notoriously fall through the cracks about two weeks into the new year. But what happens when you approach resolutions as revolutions?

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