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It is important to develop all aspects of wellness when one is in the health and wellness field.People who are expecting to have someone help them with their integral health and healingwould want to have that practitioner be an example of good health psychologically, spiritually,and physically. Having someone there for them that is already well and can not only tell themhow to reach their goals but show them how is crucial. Everyone is always evolving in life. Weall go through many different stages and learning experiences. Sometimes practitioners can growfrom the experiences of their clients or patients. No one ever has all the answers but being in ahealthy state in all three aspects can really make the difference for someone who is in a learningstage of their own. I need to improve on all aspects of integral health, mostly my physical being. I truly believethat what we look like on the outside portrays what we are on the inside. If we are not spirituallyor psychologically well we cannot be physically well and sometimes biologically well. I havebeen working on my spirit and my mental health for about three years now and have come a longway. I feel I can incorporate physical well being at this point and be successful. I need to do it forme first but also my family and potential future clients. I have a second class this term in stress management and there are many labs we had to do toassess the different aspects of our lives. Although I have been working really hard on my stresslevels for the past couple of years I still scored quite high for a stressful person overall.Spiritually, I have come a long way and have finally come to peace with my old enemies andmost of all myself. I have been working on the psychological aspect of my life and am more thanhalf way to my goal of being healthy and being able to catch any personality conflicts I may havewith my spirituality. The physical aspect is the one I need the most work on. I was ill for a few
years and am still figuring out what is going on with me. I do notice that the better my spiritualand psychological health gets the easier it gets for me to work on the physical aspect of it. The goals I have set for myself change order and sometimes the goals themselves may changea bit. Physically, for me is the hardest component to change. I set goals for myself to be moreactive than the week before. I have changed my diet significantly over the past five years. I eatmany organic foods and whole foods; I rarely eat out of a can or box. I want to become strongerand healthier. My psychological wellness goals are to rid myself of any baggage I may have leftfrom growing up in an alcoholic family. I have spent much of my adult life trying to evolve andgrow into a well rounded, mature, and insightful being. Spiritually, my main goal is to calm mylife down. I live with a lot of stress in life but fortunately, I cause my own stress. I can easily ridmyself of much of my stressors and have a calmer spirit. I have decided to implement good diet, jogging, dance, yoga, weight lifting, and play timewith my girls into my daily regimen. I feel that implementing these techniques will be beneficialin all aspects of growth. A good diet is important for physical, mental, and spiritual health.Eating the right foods at the right times can improve workouts, brain function, and in turn causecalmness for my spirit. Eating the wrong foods and at the wrong times can cause fatigue,irritability, depression, symptoms similar to ADHD, the list goes on and on. Processed foods aresomething I eliminated or rarely eat in my diet. Food definitely affects our physical wellbeingand moods but I really feel it affects the spirit as well. I have heard many saying about foodfeeding the soul and think that there is truth to that. Jogging, dance, yoga, and weight lifting are all good for the mind, body, and spirit as well.Jogging has always helped me solve problems I have been working on and makes me feel a
sense of accomplishment. Dancing is something I can do in my own home with my favoritemusic to move to. Dancing is just a feel good, mood lifting experience. I get my heart rate up asin jogging but it is much more fun and I get my kids involved with it as well. Yoga is definitelysomething that calms my nerves and makes me feel empowered by improving my flexibility.Yoga massages my organs as well and makes me physically feel well. Mentally, yoga just setsmy mind at ease and makes my spirit feel whole. In yoga, I can let go of everything from the dayand just be. With weight lifting I feel so strong and powerful. I can get all my stress out on theheavy weights and by the end of a workout I feel spent and renewed at once. Playing with mygirls gets us all moving and creates good habits for them. It makes me feel good to know that Iam setting them up for health and success in life. We can dance together and do yoga poses.They both love to do tree pose and see who can hold it the longest. We usually do this before bedtime to relax them and wind them down for bed time. I notice they go to sleep quicker for mewhen we do this. Over the next six months I plan on making major changes to my physical body. I havechanged my diet, exercise habits, and life habits enough now that I need to focus mainly on thephysical aspect but am choosing activities that I think will encourage good balance and health inall aspects of my life. I will keep track of my progress by journaling. I like to use this methodbecause seeing what I eat and how I feel on paper gives me a truthful look at what I do daily. Ilike journaling because you can track your calories, moods, exercise, and all you feelings in oneplace. I also like to set up small term goals that lead up to bigger goals. I try to be more activethan the week before by adding minutes to workouts or do some extra walking or chores aroundthe house. If I jog a mile one day I will increase it to two miles by the next week. I also likereminding myself how important my family is to me. Raising my children differently that I was
raised is very important to me. I feel as long as I set an example for them they will take somegood habits into adulthood with them. Most importantly, I feel that keeping a good sense ofhumor and lightheartedness about themselves is what will take them far in life and happiness.Whenever I want to give up or stop moving forward I think of these things and it helps me keepgoing. I also believe that in the health and wellness profession we need to walk the talk and makesure that we are physically and mentally as close to balanced as possible for our clients’ sakes.We all have our own paths and journeys to follow but having good tools along the way can makeit easier and more fruitful for people to be able to get where they want to be.