While wellness is usually thought of as staying physically healthy or mentally well, Cameron Arch makes it a point to focus on the third component of mind, body and soul.
“When I think of holistic wellness, I think about mind, body and spirit. We talk about physical fitness and mental health. The one thing I don’t think we talk about enough is spirituality,” says Arch.
Arch grew up in a Christian home, but it wasn’t until after college that he started asking himself the hard questions about his faith and taking charge of his own spiritual wellness.
Arch has found peace with an identity outside of work by allowing himself to focus on his spiritual wellness and pursue his Christian faith.
“We have a tendency to find our identity in our work,” says Arch. “For example, I’m an attorney and I focus on the things I accomplished during the day, the things I said, the things I didn’t say. But if I’m grounded in faith, my purpose stretches beyond those things.”
In addition, Arch has found that spiritual wellness has helped him find joy and build better relationships at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).
“My faith brings me joy because I can see the needs around me and focus on loving and encouraging others throughout the day.”
Arch also notes that no matter what you believe, working on your spiritual life completes the wellness puzzle. By focusing on loving others well while working on your own spiritual journey, Arch says that he has found a more well-rounded lifestyle.
“Again, I think it allows me to get out outside of myself and better serve others,” says Arch. “At Blue Cross, we talk about gratitude a lot. I think it makes us more joyful people and better people at work, helping each other out and seeing those needs of our coworkers.”
His advice for anyone looking to enhance their spiritual wellness is to start with self-reflection.
“We all believe in something. I would point people to start asking yourself ‘What do I believe?’” says Arch. “Talk to others who have gone through that searching process. We are all on a journey, and we all have deep questions.”
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*Wise & Well is a monthly wellness series highlighting BCBSNE employees and their dedication to health and wellness.