Tuesday, May 27, 2014

{personal assessment: unit 9 project}

Tayla James
May 27, 2014
Kaplan University: HW420 Aspects of Healing
Unit 9 Project

Health and wellness professionals deal with a variety of different people with different backgrounds and beliefs, which is why it’s important for them to develop themselves psychologically, spiritually, and physically as well. Going to a professional, one wants to feel connected and able to trust the advice given to them, so it is important that the professional have both book knowledge as well as personal experience in the field they are giving advice in. This way, both the client and the professional experience a more whole sense of well-being.
Personally, I need to work on my psychological health the most. I have struggled my whole life in this area and yet I continue to work on each issue the best I can, but becoming more aware and motivated to change.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (ten being optimal wellbeing), I would rate my physical wellbeing at an 8, my spiritual wellbeing at a 6, and my psychological wellbeing at a 7. I would describe myself as being physically fit and healthy, however I do have some ailments that bother me (knee and back pain, etc.) and although I eat pretty much all organic and healthy foods, I still could be healthier with other things (I drink Monster energy drinks every day!). My spiritual wellbeing is good, but not great. I'm not really religious, but I do believe in some higher power or energy. And my psychological wellbeing is improving, but still could use some help. I suffered with anorexia and depression for ten years, which has taken its toll on me both physically and mentally. I still have anxiety and negative thoughts that rule me some days.  

Goal development
A goal for my physical health is to improve my posture to help ease my back pain and to ice regularly. A goal for my spiritual wellbeing is to take 15 minutes each day and just sit quietly with my thoughts. And for my psychological health, I would like to continue my deep breathing to control my anxiety.
Practices for personal health
In order to move forward with these goals, I want to implement more focused meditation and breathing, which will help me slow down and focus in on what is really important. Also, patience would be a good thing to practice, as change takes time and it can be difficult. Implementing meditation and breathing into my daily life can be as easy as focusing my awareness towards my breath and allowing myself to relax for a moment. The practice does not have to be something I plan for, as ideally I want to use it in times of stress, which are usually when I am out in public. Patience is something more difficult to practice, however it could go hand in hand with the breathing practice, as deep breathing can help me remain patient.
To track my progress for the goals I set for myself, I can keep a journal and write in it each night and record my progress for the day. My goals do not really require me to meet something specific, but rather just my own well-being and emotional feelings, so writing seems a good fit. Maintaining long term practices can be a challenge, but the key is to stay motivated and keep in mind why you are doing what you’re doing. In my case, I must remember why I need to use deep breathing and meditation and I can remind myself how these practices will benefit me and my overall sense of happiness and well-being.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

{practicing in daily life}

I loved all the practices we did throughout the course. I especially liked the subtle mind and meditation ones. The loving-kindness and visualization ones were nice, however it was easier for me to get into the other ones just because they were more relaxing and less thinking was involved. I know I can use all of these exercises in my life, at different times of need of course, and I have already. I love to do deep breathing exercises so the subtle mind one will be the most beneficial for me. I like to practice awareness and mindfulness by deep breathing and focusing on my breath. I can usually draw my attention back to this even in the midst of shopping or other stressful situations! Visualization actually could be used in my morning routine, as I fill out a morning and evening journal, so at the same time I could take some time to visualize how my day might go and how I would like it to go. 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

{one cannot lead another where one has not gone himself}

The meeting Aesclepius exercise was interesting. I enjoyed it though and continued to do my deep breathing meditations as well this week. I still think those help me relax the most. I have severe anxiety and just came off my medication, but have been pleasantly surprised at how well I have been doing. Just by practicing my deep breathing and such, I have drastically reduced my amount of anxiety:)  

"One cannot lead another where one has not gone himself" is one of my favorite quotes because it is entirely true. How would it be possible to teach someone something you have no experience with? How could you give someone advice on something which you have never experienced yourself? When it comes to being a health and wellness professional, you help people best when you have been in their shoes. For one, they will trust you more and look to you for help, and second, you will have the knowledge to guide them in the right direction. I do believe I have an obligation to be developing my own health and wellness or else I would be a hypocrite. If you are teaching someone how to eat healthy and yet, your own eating habits are not good, how do you expect your client to listen and trust you?