June 23, 2022
By: Ashley Logan, MBA, Duke Internal Medicine Certified Health and Well-Being Coach, IIN Certified Integrative Health Coach
Confessions are important for optimal health and well-being. I’m not talking about the public, attention-seeking ones we often see on social media. Nor am I talking about the religious variety that necessities a clergyman/woman. I’m talking about the quiet, private confessions that we only tell ourselves in the quiet moments of the morning or in the private blank pages of our journal.
It’s important to confess. To get what’s gnawing at us out of our hearts and into the world even if to our reflection in the mirror. It’s important to confess. To declutter our minds of the boomerang thoughts that keep us in a stuck state of mind. It’s important to confess. To confront our perceived shortcomings and broken promises in a non-critical way. Personal confessions can be about blowing our pledge to only have one glass of wine a week. Or about our promise to set and uphold boundaries. Or even sticking to a diet plan to lose weight. Confessions do not have to involve anyone else and can be about personal matters of the heart, mind, and soul. It’s important to confess.
The key word is forward. The practice of confession isn’t intended to keep you in a state of rumination but to set you free to move on. Once you acknowledge and confess a broken promise to yourself, move on. Let it go. Confession is intended to be cathartic. Move forward with your revised plan and established support system with a renewed sense of self-trust, self-efficacy, and self-confidence. It’s important to confess so you experience optimal health and well-being because you deserve to feel your best.
Ashley Logan is a Certified Integrative Health Coach, writer and workshop facilitator who helps women create actionable strategies that support physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness for optimal health.
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