The Lotus Flower is regarded in many different cultures, especially in Eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the lotus produces the most beautiful flower. Just as the lotus finds its way to its outer beauty in the midst of the dirtiest of waters, the human condition reminds us that even at our worst, internal and external beauty are well within reach even with dirty waters, T-storms, etc.
The concepts of wellness and well-being aren't new. As the world continues to shift and as our every day personal and professional needs are continuously challenged, wellness and well-being are becoming hallmarks of not just healthy living, but survival for some. Whether it be in the workplace or at home, creating good habits and coping strategies to maintain your sense of wellness and well-being will serve you and those around you.
Keeping the above in mind, there are eight (8) dimensions of wellness & well-being I focus on with clients and that you should be mindful of as you start your journey. The eight (8) dimensions are as follows:
Coping effectively with life and creating relationships you find satisfying. Understanding your feelings, values, and attitudes, appreciating the feelings of others, managing your emotions in a constructive way, and feeling positive and enthusiastic about your life.
Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being. Understanding how your social, natural, and built environments affect your health and well-being. Being aware of the unstable state of the earth and the affects of your daily habits on on the physical environment. Demonstrating a commitment to a healthy planet.
Satisfaction with present and future financial situations. Managing your resources to live within your means, making informed financial decisions and investments, setting realistic goals, and preparing for short term and long term needs or emergencies. Being aware that everyone's financial values, needs and circumstances are unique.
Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills. Growing intellectually, maintaining curiosity about all there is to learn, valuing lifelong learning, and responding positively to intellectual challenges. Expanding knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing your gifts with others.
Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work. Preparing for and participating in work that provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with your values, goals and lifestyle. Contributing your unique gifts, skills and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding.
Recognizing the need and caring for your body by giving it physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep.
Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. Maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you.
Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life. Finding purpose, value and meaning in your life. Participating in activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values.
As a wellness & well-being practitioner, I provide the following services to clients (additional information can be found under the wellness & well-being tab):
Plan creation and serve as an accountability partner