Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Holistic Wellness in 2010

Throughout this past semester I have realized that balance is one of the hardest things to have in life. I find myself struggling with this concept constantly. Over the past couple of months I have recognized the need for balance in my life and have been researching the 6 dimensions of wellness (which as a student affairs professional...I try to instill in my students). I am not a big fan of "resolutions" because I believe we should constantly be setting goals for ourselves, not just one day out of the year. For the coming year I have quite a few goals, but one of the overarching goals that I have is to become holistically well. As I was researching for the dimensions of wellness to help set my goals, I came across this helpful information that I thought I would pass on in case anyone was interested in setting some goals in these areas or push oneself in any of these areas.

Just a quick overview in case any of you that are reading this (hopefully at least one person might read this) are unfamiliar with the 6 dimensions of wellness. The six dimensions of wellness are:
1) Physical
2) Emotional
3) Spiritual
4) Intellectual
5) Environmental/Occupational

The information I wanted to pass along is as follows. This information breaks down each dimensions and gives tips on things to do to achieve holistic wellness. Enjoy!

1) Physical

-Get a physical examination
-Current immunizations
-Be consistent with self-exams
-Regular exercise & eat balanced meals
-Dental & eye exams
-Limit or avoid alcohol & tobacco
-Get a massage to ease tired & worked muscles

2) Emotional

-Recognize when your emotions affect your body
-Express your needs, feelings & opinions appropriately
-Use humor to defuse negative thoughts or situations
-Use journal writing to relieve stress & express your thoughts
-Talk to a trusted friend or family member and vent
-Give & receive lots of hugs
-Be optimistic-believe in yourself & your abilities

3) Spiritual

-Nourish yourself through personal beliefs, morals, and/or religion
-Feel connected with oneself & others
-Find purpose in life & meaning in the little things you do everyday
-Develop a philosophy of life that you want to live by

4) Intellectual

-Find outlets that are intellectually stimulating
-Set & meet realistic goals academically, personally & professionally
-Take advantage of opportunities that may offer you different experiences
-Decide on things that help you relax & do them
-Deep breathing can help the mind-body connection
-Spoil yourself after completing a goal

5) Environmental

-Appreciate & respect the environment
-Do your part to preserve & improve environmental conditions
-Have a place you can go to relax & chill out
-Whether it's at home or work, have a welcoming space for you & others to feel comfortable in
- Colors can be a great way to spice up an area-decide which one's light your fire!
-Reduce noise & pollution
-Keep yourself & others safe-buckle up!

6) Social

-Develop relationships where both parties feel good
-Ability to interact with others in public & private situations
-Comfortable adapting to various social settings
-Can stick to values & beliefs without being persuaded by peer pressure
-Join clubs to expand your social network, it's a great way to get involved & meet others with similar interests

Reflecting on 2009

Wow....what a year! As 2009 ends and I celebrate my 25th birthday, I reflect back on the whirlwind of a ride this year has been. I am so blessed for the amazing people in my life and the experiences & opportunities I have been given this year. I was asked recently if I regretted not going into coaching right after my undergrad....I thought about it....and my answer was absolutely not!! I would not trade these last two years for anything! It has been hard but I have pushed myself harder and farther than I ever thought possible. Actually I should say that God has pushed me harder and farther than I ever thought possible. I am so blessed that God directed me into the areas that he has. He has helped me find my passion & purpose in life and He has opened doors for me that has made everything possible.

This semester has been an emotional roller coaster. I have struggled to balance everything in my life, to stay healthy, and to stay positive. There were moments where I literally thought I was falling into depression but I snapped out of it and realized how lucky I truly blessed I am. I live a life of luxury. Even though I am a struggling college student...I have everything that I physically need....and that I am thankful for.

Family life for me has been tough this year. The transition from losing a loved one takes a toll on everyone. Everyone seeks to find out who they are and that has been the hardest thing for my family. We are trying to rediscover who we are and what our relationships are going to be like in the future. I think I have finally come to the realization that life does not turn out like you think it will and everything can not always stay the same....even though you want it to. But as I reflect on this....even though it is sad and hard to see things change...without this change we will never grow...we would just stay stagnant in our lives. Even though nothing is the same as it used to is still wonderful to be surrounded by people who love me.

Even though things change...people change....relationships change.....NO ONE will ever replace my mom and the love that she gave me. My mom will always be my mom even though she is not here physically with me....I know she is above watching over me....and I hope that she is proud of the woman I have become.

As 2009 ends, I look forward to what 2010 will bring. The coming year proves to be a year filled with major changes in my life. As graduation approaches the thought of where I will be a year from now leaves me with excitement and anticipation. To start a new life somewhere is very exciting but I know that I will leave behind a lot of things. But one thing is for matter what university I am will follow me. The love of my friends, my family, and God will follow me no matter where I go. Goodbye 2009....Good Morning 2010!!