A Holistic approach with 8 Dimensions

A Holistic approach with 8 Dimensions

Hello CT Serenity readers! Welcome back to the blog and if this is your first visit with us, welcome to the community. Today we’re going to look at the 8 dimensions of wellness as a means to achieving solid holistic health,

Wellness is not the absence of illness or stress, it is a harmonious balance between mind, body, and spirit. It is nourishing your body with wholesome foods, embracing self-care rituals, and finding joy in the present moment. It’s not just about being physically well, it’s about cultivating healthy relationships, pursuing passions, and honoring your true self. It is a journey of self-discovery, self-love, and personal growth.

We firmly believe that true holistic wellness entails adopting a comprehensive approach to health and happiness. This is why we wholeheartedly embrace the concept of the 8 dimensions of wellness. Once you recognize the significant role each of these dimensions plays in our overall wellbeing, you begin to tap into the secret sauce of holistic health.

No Time Like the Present

Let’s get straight to the steps and what they do so you can use the knowledge in your everyday lives.

1. Physical Wellness: Nurturing our bodies through regular exercise, proper nutrition, and ample rest is indispensable for achieving optimal health. Striving for balance and prioritizing self-care is key to maintaining a wholesome well-being from the inside out.

2. Emotional Wellness: Understanding and managing our emotions effectively is vital for cultivating mental resilience and fostering a positive mindset. By making self-care a priority and nurturing healthy relationships, we empower ourselves to thrive emotionally.

3. Intellectual Wellness: Engaging in continuous learning and stimulating our minds allows us to expand our intellectual horizons. Exploring new ideas, acquiring knowledge, and embracing intellectual challenges all contribute to our overall wellbeing.

4. Social Wellness: Building strong connections and nurturing meaningful relationships is the foundation of social wellness. Whether it involves spending quality time with loved ones or actively participating in our communities, fostering social bonds is essential for our happiness.

5. Occupational Wellness: Discovering purpose and satisfaction in our work is pivotal for achieving occupational wellness. Pursuing a fulfilling career, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and consistently seeking professional growth all contribute to our overall wellbeing.

6. Environmental Wellness: Recognizing the impact our surroundings have on our health is crucial for achieving environmental wellness. By appreciating and preserving our natural environment and creating nurturing spaces for ourselves, we enhance our overall wellbeing.

7. Spiritual Wellness: Cultivating a sense of purpose and connecting to something greater than ourselves is essential for spiritual wellness. Whether through religion, meditation, nature, or personal reflection, nurturing our spirituality enriches our lives significantly.

8. Financial Wellness: Effectively managing our finances and making informed decisions is essential for achieving financial wellness. Striving for financial stability, practicing wise budgeting, and setting clear goals ensure our financial health supports our overall wellbeing.

Pulling It All Together

By focusing on each aspect and striving for harmony within ourselves, we can attain inner peace, a more meaningful purpose within ourselves and gracefully embrace the aging process as we do.

If you would like to talk more on this, click LEARN MORE and let’s have an open discussion about where you are versus where you want to be in your life goals.

 

Please share your experiences below in the comments box and let us know what you’ve tried and found useful or not. We’re eager to hear about both your successes and challenges.

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Charles can be reached by emailing charles@coachingtowardserenity.org or calling (513) 212-7995.

Charles Jacobson

is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Consultant for adults. He is an accountability partner in navigating behavioral change and exploring opportunities for growth and development.
Meaningful life goals, potholes and all

Meaningful life goals, potholes and all

So here we are, chugging along through the first quarter of 2023 and those pesky little New Years resolution goals (remember them?) seem to be sputtering out or struggling to make it down the road with us as intended. That business goal, weight loss aspiration, stress reduction technique or exercise routine that you expected to be well under way or achieved by now seems to still only be a passing road sign pointing to where you WANT to be, but not the actual destination you want to reach.

 
Wait, shouldn’t it be a simple matter to just pick a goal that you say you want, work on it and achieve it? It may seem like it should be that simple sometimes, but in reality, we’re complex physical and mental machines that are driven by meaning and purpose which can be distracted by the many potholes, road signs and off ramps along the way to that goal destination. So how do you create a meaningful goal and make it stick?
 
 What is a meaningful life goal
A meaningful life goal is a subjective thing from one person to another, but in short, life goals can be defined as “the desired states that people seek to obtain, maintain, or avoid” (Nair, 2003). This is a nice clean straightforward definition, but meaningful life goals can be a bit more complex than that. They are what drives our behaviors over the long run-in accordance to what we want to experience through our own values, beliefs, and strengths. Think of it as a vision of your future best self doing what you want to achieve, what you’ll look like doing that action and how you’ll feel once you’re performing that meaningful goal so successfully that it becomes effortless and a part of who you are.
  

A list of life goals one might pursue can cover a lot of road and might focus on things like:

 Building or strengthening relationships
  • Creating greater job satisfaction
  • Improving one’s physical abilities or appearance
  • Reaching financial security
  • Tapping into one’s emotional resilience
  • Eating a healthier diet
 and the list goes on and on and on….
  

Goal motivations

So, what drives us to either head down the road towards a goal or sit on the side of the highway looking at the goal map pondering which direction we should start off in? Part of that answer might depend on where the goal is coming from. What I mean by that is did you envision, explore and build the goal to reach (Intrinsic motivation) or did it come from somewhere else (Extrinsic motivation). 

 If it’s an extrinsically motivated goal, it’s being given to us by someone else and we are motivated to perform a behavior or engage in an activity because we want to earn a reward or avoid a punishment. “Clean your room or else!” If it’s an intrinsically motivated goal, you engage in the behavior because you find it rewarding, enjoyable or meaningful to you. “Working out energizes me!” With intrinsic motivation, you are performing an activity for its own sake rather than from the desire for some external reward. Successfully completing or maintaining this behavior itself IS the reward.
 
As you may already be concluding, self-determined or intrinsic motivations tend to give a person more control to make choices on how to pick, focus on and pursue a life goal when they are ready. Autonomy is a core human drive, and we are hardwired to dislike being told what to do. Remember those New Years’ goals that were sputtering out or struggling to avoid those potholes? If you would, take a moment and think back on how you came to make that your goal. Was it extrinsically or intrinsically motivated and did it connect with your core values, beliefs and with who you want to be? “Self-oriented visions, plans, and behaviors are the ones that stick (Moore, Jackson, & Tschannen-Moran, 2016)”.
  

The benefit of understanding a goal path 

 “Happiness requires having clear cut goals in life that give us a sense of purpose and direction (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). The way a person engages, envisions, plans, and acts on their goal can help build their self-efficacy, positive emotional state and create mastery experiences along the way that support their purpose and meaning in life. How a goal connects to one person’s beliefs and values may connect in entirely different ways with another even if the desired goal result is the same. An example might be losing 20 lbs. A 25-year-old might want to power through this goal by working out in the gym (having a desire to tone the body, or for a physical look), a 70-year-old might need to focus more on diet and moderate exercise (having a desire to control cholesterol and blood pressure so they can play with the grand kids). 
 

Both may have been told by a doctor that they “Have to” lose weight for their health, but as we see above, each addressed the need with a different intrinsic desire that held real meaning to them. They can both move down the road towards their life goals with success but for reasons that connect differently to their personal motivations and who they are at their core. 

 

Tips on building your goal 

 Henry Ford was quoted as saying: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” There is so much truth in that statement. Building our self-efficacy or the belief that we can do something can be a powerful tool in successfully participating in a goal. The more you believe that you can accomplish a task, the more likely you are to do it and do it well. The opposite is also true, the more you believe you can’t do something the higher the chances of self-doubt and struggle. Each positively acknowledge step you take towards an envisioned life goal is a success that supports you in your desired long-term outcome. 
 

When exploring goals, try reflecting on the following:

 Does your goal have clarity – What in your life will change in connection to reaching your goal and how will you know when you’ve achieving it or are on the right road towards it?

Considers your goals complexity – Too complex can be overwhelming in the beginning and might be viewed as something that takes too long to reach.

 Is it challenging – Finding the sweet spot somewhere between easy and difficult is worth exploring.
 

Is there a commitment to it – Did you create this life goal, and do you have full “buy in” and accountability to yourself on it?

 Feedback – Check in with yourself or someone to discuss your progress on the goal process and listen with an open growth mindset to the feedback you receive.
  

Remember, you do you

 It may feel quicker to start at a point on the map that’s been given to us, but traveling from point A to point B isn’t always quick if the directions aren’t clear. You might end up on the side of the road with questions or doubts about what was given to you to accomplish. When we map out goals built on our own vision, strengths, values and beliefs that connect with us in ways that we see as meaningful, we can travel down the road with more support and self-confidence in ourselves. 
 

Could you use some roadside assistance with your goal? 

 If you’re looking for help with reading your map, have questions or need a jumpstart, I’d be happy to connect and discuss if coaching is right for you. Visit me at www.coachingtowardserenity.org and begin your journey toward serenity.

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Charles can be reached by emailing charles@coachingtowardserenity.org or calling (513) 212-7995.

Charles Jacobson

is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Consultant for adults. He is an accountability partner in navigating behavioral change and exploring opportunities for growth and development.

Flow is a Way of Being

Flow is a Way of Being

Imagine a mountaintop lake sitting at a high altitude in a pristine wilderness area. This lake is so high that it feeds innumerable rivers and streams coursing down to the sea. As seasons come and go, the rivers and streams fluctuate in the force and volume of their flow. Heavy rain may overfill this lake, giving rise to new streams that chart their unique paths toward the sea. So, too, times of drought may cause some of the streams to dry up—at least until the next heavy rainfall.

Each new stream must make its way down the mountainside. Sometimes there isn’t enough flow to sustain its coursing path, so it diminishes, its waters absorbed into the earth; it never seems to make it to the sea. Other times, a stream may encounter barriers that block its flow. It may become a pond and once again never reach its destination—the open sea. And with heavy rainfalls, new streams may burst forth over steep cliffs, giving rise to spectacular waterfalls. With such volume and power, these streams rush relentlessly toward the sea. (Gavin & Mcbrearty, 2019).

It’s a good bet that we’ve all had one of those days where something failed to meet our expectations. Perhaps we fell short of some goal set for ourselves or had to change course on a plan because it didn’t flow to the place that we wanted it to. In those moments, you may begin to feel like you failed, hit a barrier or just aren’t good enough to succeed at the task at hand. You may even begin to think catastrophically, with thoughts creeping in that try to create a narrative that you’ll never be able to achieve the goal set before you.

One could liken this catastrophic feeling to a Dementor’s effect like in the Harry Potter movies, feeding on our positive emotions and thus generating feelings of anxiety, depression and despair leaving only the negative thoughts of that moment to reflect on.

Expecto Patronum!”Whew, now that you’re aware of that catastrophic thought, you can stop it from consuming your day, reframing it with realistic and achievable goals can keep the thoughts from returning. It’s during these moments that we can work to reframe a negative narrative with a little positive introspective thinking and some helpful collaborative support to grow our mindset in ways that allow us to clearly envision our stream of dreams and goals.

I suspect you’ve heard the saying, “Life Is a marathon, not a sprint”? Well, this saying truly applies in building realistic and achievable goals. Instead of seeing things in long-term modes and constantly having thoughts like, “I’ll be happy when: I get promoted, drop that weight, make a certain amount of money,” and yes, even run that marathon; it’s important to remember to satisfy yourself with short-term goals and happiness knowing they flow down to the long-term achievements.

Starting your goal journey will take some intention on your part to really bring focus in on what you’re ultimately wanting to achieve and why it’s important to you. Small wins along the way will equate to big successes, so you’ll want to have an idea of what your long-term goal is which will help you with charting your flow and using those small successes to carry you on to that end goal.

Once your intention is clear, being able to uncover your larger story on what makes that goal important to you (and you alone) is a must. Then the work begins on discovering your intrinsic motivations, the barriers that could crop up and change your course, the support systems and skills needed to succeed, your understanding of the steps along the way to that goal, your resolve on reaching it, and a sustained motivation so you can make this change a lifestyle reality for the future.

Managing expectations, tasks or goal setting can be difficult at times and doing so isn’t really going to come from a one size fits all solution that someone else gives you. In fact, reaching our dreams, visions and goals may sometimes look much like a stream meandering one way to the other, making its way to its destination, the ocean. It didn’t go straight to that destination but learned along the way how to reach it.

Flow is a way of being. Find your flow and wash away the dam of barriers that have been standing in your way.

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Charles can be reached by emailing charles@coachingtowardserenity.org or calling (513) 212-7995.

Charles Jacobson

is a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Consultant for adults. He is an accountability partner in navigating behavioral change and exploring opportunities for growth and development.

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