As a health and wellness professional it is important to develop your psychological, spiritual and physical being. This is because “one can not lead another where he has not gone himself.” There is not much truth in what you are preaching if you too are not living it and owning it. For myself during this nine-week course I feel that I need to work on my spiritual, physical and mental aspects. All of these aspects of being human can effect how “well” you actually are. Stress, being out of shape and having mental instability can affect your immune function, your heart and many other aspects of well being (Dacher, 2006).
In order to get a better understanding of where my spiritual wellness, physical wellness and psychological wellness I utilized the integral assessment from chapter eleven in our text; this assessment helped me really take a long hard look at myself and let me determine where I really stand health and wellness wise (Dacher, 2006).
During my assessment I determined that for my spiritual self I am a four, I don’t ever really think about religion or spirituality, but after this class I realize that believing in something more can be very beneficial to your health and wellness. Physically I rate myself at about a seven I feel that I do my best to get the proper amount of exercise every day. Last but not least psychologically I rate myself at about three, after careful consideration I know that I have a lot of random endless chatter going on constantly in my brain, the only time it shuts down is when I sleep, and like a computer I need to reset myself daily and not just through sleep (Dacher, 2006).
My goals for my physical well being is to schedule myself for one hour to thirty minutes of exercise every day, I would also benefit from keeping a food diary to help me track my food intake, this will help me lose some weight. As for my spiritual well being I think that just taking a few minutes to do one of the relaxation exercises that have presented to us in this class can help me become more aware of how I feel spiritually, I would also like to further look at my belief system and find a fitting religious group to attend. Lastly my psychological well being I would like to find ways to become less worried about things that I have no control over and also find better ways to cope with things that make me anxious. For this last goal I can use meditation practices like the loving kindness or even a body scan exercise to help me relax and rejuvenate this will help me focus on what is really important in life and this will cause less worry.
As I mentioned in the above performing one hour to thirty minutes of exercise daily will help me reach my weight loss goal as well as keeping a food diary. For the spiritual aspect I will perform thirty minutes of deep relaxation sequences to bring me closer to my spiritual self. And last but not least I will practice deep breathing and meditation to help me stop worrying so much and help me with my stress and anxiety.
Practices for personal health
Some strategies that I can use to foster the growth in each of the above-mentioned areas are to practice the subtle mind and loving kindness exercises everyday, this will ensure that I am getting better at focusing and emptying my mind. I will use the loving kindness exercise every morning before I begin my day; I have it written in on my list of things to do. I have also scheduled myself in for one hour of exercise everyday doing cardio, weight training and flexibility. Three days a week I participate in yoga, which helps me learn to move fluidly through the day and helps me learn to breathe through my stressors. I have been ending my day with the subtle mind exercise it helps me unwind after a long day. All of these practices can help me grow psychologically, spiritually and physically (Dacher, 2006).
I have implemented all of these strategies by setting aside time in my hectic life for myself. I have it all scheduled out from day to day and I do not vary from the schedule. I have also teamed up with some girlfriends from work who have common weight-loss goals and general health and wellness goals. This gives me a sounding board to go to whenever I have an off day or am feeling discouraged, someone to turn to who may be experiencing the same things as myself.
The most obvious thing that I will be able to track with simple weight and measurements and specific fitness tests is my physical well-being. Simply by tracking my weight loss and shrinking waistline I can see how well my strategy is working. As for the other two areas that I need work in I can always come back to the integral assessment tool, this tool will allow me to see how far I have come and where I need to focus more attention.
As I mentioned before having a support team, people to lean on who are in the same boat as myself can encourage me to stay on track for the long term. I also plan on using certain reward systems, like getting a massage when I have mastered each level of consciousness or just patting myself on the back for staying calm under pressure. Just the benefit of knowing that I am doing all that I can to be a better, healthier person is enough to inspire me to continue on for the long term.