It is important for health and wellness professionals to develop psychologically, spiritually, and physically because they need to believe, understand, and feel good about themselves first in order to teach and hare this knowledge with others. For example, if a health and wellness professional is overweight and eating junk food in front of you with a negative attitude as he or she preaches about exercising and nutrition is important to your health and mind leading you to a sexier new you, will you believe this person? Of course you won’t! You will believe a physically fit aerobic instructor eating an apple and preaching to you. The results and evidence we are faced with is the person we will believe, especially when there is a high-energy level and positive attitude to go along with is person who is trying to convince us. I need work in all three areas to achieve the goals I have for myself and can do this by practicing and motivating myself, but mostly on the physical level.
I have assessed my health in each domain by knowing how I feel and look each day as well as how I deal with my stress and negativity. I know I am out-of-shape and have a hard time controlling my cravings for sugar and junk food. I am overweight by 60-pounds for a 4-foot, 11-inch female. I have shortness of breath at times and my knees tend to ache at times too, probably due to carrying around the extra weight. I am not very good at eating enough fruits and vegetables each day and should work on increasing them. I rate myself a two for physical wellbeing since I have been in school. I plan to work on this in another week because I will be finished with school and will receive my Bachelor’s degree. Hooray!
I would rate myself as an eight in spiritual wellbeing because I believe in God and Jesus. I attend church regularly with my family and feel so good about myself when I leave church each week. I pray every day and believe that my deceased family members are in heaven watching over me. I know when something is bothering me, I pray hard for an answer and it always seems as if an answer is provided within the next couple of days to a week. I have no problem believing in my faith and in my family. Quality time and love has always been a blessing to me as well as my family’s health. For this, I am thankful.
Psychologically I rate myself a seven because I some times let people get to me and I need to work on this. I have to release my stress through meditation and the loving-kindness exercises to remind myself I love myself wholeheartedly and need to re-direct this love outward toward others to erase the negative thoughts from my mind. I will need to keep practicing the meditation exercises such as loving-kindness, the subtle-mind, and visualization.
III. Goal Development:
One goal I have for physical wellbeing is to begin losing weight by walking, working out to aerobic tapes five nights a week, and getting away from my desk more at work to take a walk around the building. I would also like to start eating healthier. I will set up some time on my schedule at work to meet with the fitness instructor in my building to go over a healthy eating chart with me and show me how to measure out servings and still feel full after eating a meal. I plan to cut back on my junk food too.
A psychological goal I have for myself is to continue practicing the meditation exercises by using the CDs such as loving-kindness and the subtle-mind. Visualization I already do enough of each day and have in the past, so that is not a problem. I should try yoga too to clear my mind.
The spiritual wellbeing goal is to continue going to church and praying to God. I should try reading the Bible some time now that I will have more free time on my hands.
IV. Practices for Personal Health:
The strategies I can implement to foster growth in the physical domain is to have everything all set up at home for the following night to follow-through on my exercise plan. For example, to keep me focused and while on a time schedule when I get home from work, I will have the DVD I want to work out to on top of the DVD player, work out clothes pulled out and on my bed so I can change right into them, sneakers by the foot of my bed to quickly throw on my feet, and grab a water bottle out of the refrigerator to take downstairs into the basement with me, so when I get thirsty, I do not have to pause the DVD to go retrieve a drink. Having a sweat towel pulled out with my change of clothes is one less step I have to take in grabbing one later in the middle of my workout.
The psychological strategies I should use is getting into a routine of listening to the CD morning and night as I practice the loving-kindness in the morning and subtle-mind exercise in the evening. I can even alternate them to see what exercise works best for me depending on the time of day. Purchasing other relaxation CDs such as falling rain, a thunderstorm, or listening to the sounds of the ocean will help relax me when I have trouble sleeping or I am stressed out over a hectic day where everything seems to have gone wrong. I know we all experience days like these, so I want to try and find a way to heal myself emotionally by relaxing.
The spiritual strategies I should use is continue going to church, read the Bible, and practice Asclepius healing exercises by meditating and praying (Dacher, 2006).
I will assess my progress or lack of progress in the next six months by setting short-term goals for myself for all three areas. I will set time aside for each development area everyday and do my best to stay motivated by keeping my long-term goals in mind such as happiness, wholeness, calmness, and an appreciation toward life. I can measure each of these developments by how I feel after each exercise I incorporate into my day and know by my awareness and integral health that I have truly mastered human flourishing. May God bless each and every one of us! I count my blessings every day for the simple things I have in life.
Dacher, E.S. (2006). Integral health: The path to human flourishing. Laguna Beach, C.A.: Basic Health Publications, Inc.