Keys to Relational Wellness

By Michael Pfau

This post was written by Michael Pfau of Crossways Life Coaching, LLC. To connect with Michael, see the information in the bio at the end of this post.

This is the final installment of a series I’ve been sharing on wellness. Wellness is incredibly important to successfully navigate personal and professional life. When you tend to self-care  —  spirit, mind, body, and relationships  —  you set a strong foundation from which to live. You see, many mostly focus on what they do when they show up but not so much on how they show up. By making wellness a priority, you show up in the best way possible. 

Life IQ Living Revisited

Remember from my previous article that Life IQ Living is the personal foundation we set for our own wellness. As you set your foundation, remember that the process is personal and will vary from person to person. We must do the work of actively engaging to learn what works and doesn’t work for us. Intentionality is the key to Life IQ Living.

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.  So, I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. (1 Corinthians 9:25–26, NLT)

Relational Wellness

Relational Wellness is focused on having healthy and meaningful relationships in your life. The number of relationships a person is able to handle is often based on personality, as extroverts  tend to want more relationships and find them energizing while introverts, on the other hand, need less worthwhile relationships — in some cases far less — and find them draining. Whatever your preference, it’s important to find the right kind of relationships that help you to grow and stay strong in your personal and professional life. This means not only what you receive from others in your relationships but, equally important, what you give in those relationships and how you help others in their life and professional journey.

Keys to Relational Wellness

Here are a few keys to having relational wellness in life:

  • Find close companions who share your values. You want to “do life with” people who support and affirm your personal and professional goals and intentions. Having aligned values supports this in the long term. 
  • Welcome your close companions challenging you in a way that pushes you to grow and stretches you out of your comfort zone.
  • Maintain one or two relationships with people who see the world differently than you. This helps you see your blind spots and inherent biases. 
  • Recognize that some relationships aren’t meant to be for life, so a gracious ending is needed in different seasons of life.
  • Be intentional about developing relational wellness to form and nurture good relationships.

I hope you’ve found this wellness series beneficial. Please check out all of the complimentary resources for Life IQ Living available at Crossways Life Coaching.

Featured photo by fauxels on Pexels; in-text photo by Emma Dau on Unsplash

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