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.

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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.
Introducing “Gratitude: The Superpower You Never Knew You Had”

Introducing “Gratitude: The Superpower You Never Knew You Had”

Hey there, gratitude enthusiasts! Welcome to Coaching Toward Serenity, where we believe that a little thankfulness goes a long way in finding peace and graceful aging. Today, we’re diving into the magnificent superpower of gratitude that has the ability to transform our lives in the most amazing ways.

Picture this: you’re strolling through the endless desires of life, chasing after all the sparkly things that catch your attention. But hey, hold up! Did you ever stop to think about the blessings that are already rocking your world? Yeah, those little nuggets that often go unnoticed. Well, get ready to have an Ah-Ha moment!

Gratitude isn’t just about warm fuzzies and good vibes (although that’s pretty awesome too). It’s a secret key that unlocks doors to growth and wisdom. When we embrace the unknown with a grateful heart, we discover profound wisdom hidden within the toughest situations. It’s like finding a treasure chest in the middle of a messy room! And trust us, embracing challenges head-on shows off your true strength and character, guiding your personal development like a boss.

But wait, there’s more! Gratitude also extends its magical powers to our limitations. That’s right, folks. Embracing our flaws with gratitude actually opens the door to our own evolution. Every stumbling block we face becomes a stepping-stone towards the ultimate version of ourselves. With gratitude, obstacles become opportunities to build resilience. It’s like flexing your gratitude muscles and showing adversity who’s really in charge!

Now, let’s not forget about those pesky mistakes. We all make ’em, right? But guess what? Embracing them with gratitude turns us into unstoppable forces of awesomeness. Seriously! Mistakes become lessons along the journey to success. So, let’s flip the script and start celebrating every stumble as a victory dance. Whoop, there it is!

Even on those days when you’re feeling totally exhausted, gratitude taps you on the shoulder and reminds you that every effort you make matters. It’s like having your own personal cheerleader in your head. Armed with this knowledge, you keep pushing forward, making a positive impact, and causing change wherever you go. You go, gratitude champion!

Now, here’s the real game-changer. Gratitude has the magical power to turn negatives into shiny positives. It’s like putting on a pair of gratitude glasses, and suddenly, your whole perspective changes. You start noticing the blessings that were hiding in plain sight. It’s like finding money in the pocket of your old jeans. Cha-ching!

So, my fellow gratitude explorers, let’s start cultivating a daily practice of gratitude together. Right here, right now. Reflect on the abundance in your life and make a gratitude list. Appreciate the little things and the biggies, like finding a parking spot right in front of the store or discovering a new favorite show on Netflix. We want to hear all about it!

Share your stories and experiences of gratitude below. We can’t wait to know how this superpower has brought you closer to peace and everlasting chill. Remember, at Coaching Toward Serenity, we’re all about unlocking the power of gratitude and embracing the journey with open arms.

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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.

A Life Well Lived Needs Balance

A Life Well Lived Needs Balance

Life Balance

Are you feeling like your life is teetering on the edge of chaos? Whether we like it or not, there are certain needs that we must fulfill to achieve true balance in our lives. The better we can satisfy these needs, the smoother our journey will be, guiding us towards that elusive state of equilibrium. At the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), these needs are referred to as “primary foods.” Maslow identified them as a hierarchy of needs, while Anthony Robbins compared them to a wheel. Personally, I prefer to envision them as a deliciously satisfying pie. But regardless of the metaphor we choose it all boils down to one essential ingredient: balance. Without it, we find ourselves facing a storm.

Self-actualization, esteem, love and belonging, safety, and physiological needs form the foundation of these requirements. Although each of us may prioritize these needs differently throughout our lives, one thing is certain – if we neglect one while obsessing over another, our scales will tip, and we’ll find ourselves off-kilter. Anthony Robbins uses a wheel to represent the different facets of our lives, such as our career, physical well-being, spirituality, and finances. By honestly assessing each area and its level of satisfaction, we can visually pinpoint areas of achievement and uncover areas where improvement is crucial. When our wheel is out of balance, it won’t smoothly glide towards our dreams. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition introduces the concept of “primary foods” which go beyond just nutrition. It encompasses relationships, spirituality, career aspirations, and physical activity. While improving our diet is undoubtedly vital – opting for more greens and ditching processed foods – genuine health and happiness require attention to all aspects of our lives. You can have a pristine diet yet still feel like something is missing. To gain a profound understanding of these topics, let’s delve into some basic needs and explore ways to nourish them:

Self-actualization:

– Engage in prayer, thoughtfulness, and meditation to connect with your inner self.

– Unleash your thoughts and emotions through journaling.

– Embrace moments of joy and fun. – Expand your knowledge through study.

– Explore spirituality, whatever that means to you.

– Contribute to the world in a way that fills your heart.

Esteem:

– Cultivate gratitude for the blessings in your life.

– Boost your self-worth through positive self-talk.

Love and Belonging:

– Foster meaningful relationships that enrich your life.

– Find fulfillment in caregiving and offering support.

– Practice forgiveness as a path to healing.

– Embrace intimacy and vulnerability.

Safety:

– Prioritize environmental safety and ensure your surroundings promote well-being.

– Take care of your health, both physically and mentally.

– Seek job security and explore opportunities for growth.

– Empower yourself financially, so you’re free to pursue your dreams.

– Preserve and protect the environment.

– Uphold ethical and moral values.

Physiological:

– Breathe in clean air and embrace breathing exercises.

– Fuel your body with optimal nutrition and maintain a balanced pH.

– Boost your gut health with probiotics.

– Manage your weight to promote overall well-being.

– Enhance your digestion for a healthy gut.

– Incorporate superfoods like Acai, Algae, Aloe Vera, Bee Products, and more into your diet.

– Explore the benefits of raw nutrition.

– Experiment with juicing versus blending.

– Savor the nourishment of nuts, seeds, sprouts, grasses, seaweed, roots, mushrooms, and a myriad of other natural wonders.

– Prioritize exercise and fitness to keep your body vital.

– Stay hydrated with quality water and embrace its healing power.

– Cultivate intimate relationships that fulfill your emotional needs.

– Indulge in restful sleep to recharge your body and mind.

– Prioritize digestive health for overall wellness.

– Embrace a holistic approach to healing. In the coming blogs, we will dive even deeper into each of these topics, providing invaluable tips on how to enrich the quality of our lives.

 

We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments below if you have any additional categories to add to each need and welcome you to explore our resources and discover how to achieve total wellness in ways that work for you. 

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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.
Resilience – A Path Worth Traveling

Resilience – A Path Worth Traveling

What is Resilience?

Resiliency is defined as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2023). “In physics, resilience is the ability of an elastic material (such as rubber or animal tissue) to absorb energy (such as from a blow) and release that energy as it springs back to its original shape. The recovery that occurs in this phenomenon can be viewed as analogous to a person’s ability to bounce back after a jarring setback. The word resilience derives from the present participle of the Latin verb resilire, meaning ‘to jump back’ or ‘to recoil’.”

Now that we have a technical definition of resilience, what does it look like in everyday life? Truth is, most of us have been around, talked to or witnessed one of those indomitable people who won’t allow an unexpected situation to rattle them in a negative way. They’re the person hiking along a trail in the wilderness that suddenly looks around and notices they’re not 100% sure where they are. They stop and ponder a moment, take in the situation around them, and then with a smile say, “Yeah, but look at the view!” Are they not aware of the possible problem here? Yes, they’re aware, but they choose to see the challenges along the way as opportunities for learning experiences. That, and they use their own compass.
 

The Benefits of Building Resilience

What makes one person more resilient in a given situation when others might become discouraged, concerned or even a little fearful in that same situation? To explore that question, let’s try to expand our view past what we see in the moment and connect our whole person to the situation at hand. Because our mental and physical health are linked, any problems we experience in one area can impact the other, leading to doubt, frustration, physical discomfort and overall stress.

Building resilience and coping with stress in a positive way is associated with greater longevity, lower rates of depression, higher life satisfaction and helps expand the meaning and impact of one’s life goals. It’s important to note that having resilience won’t make your problems go away, but it can give you a greater ability to see and grow beyond them, instead of dwelling on and becoming stuck under them. It’s also important to note that resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves working on behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. You just need to know how to read your compass.

Your Own Resiliency Compass

Discovering and applying your own resiliency strengths is a good way to find your bearings during your journey. It can bring more clarity to an overall guiding vision of life purpose and positively nurture the impact we can have on the world. This guiding impact is strengthened through personal accountability and allows us to expand greater overall personal growth in ways we may not have thought to explore before.

Adding in health awareness and staying in motion with physical activity can energize our days, making them more positively engaging. Fueling our body with solid nutritional choices that work for us as individuals coupled with proper hydration, can help make a difference in our sleep and the rejuvenation of that marvelous machine, we call the human body. Working on pillars of resiliency helps us plot our course on the paths of life and reach our wellbeing visions with more confidence.

Find the Support You Need

Not all of us can clearly see how to use our compass right from the get-go, so it’s a great idea to connect with someone who is open to talking about successfully developing your resiliency skills. Think about who could help explore your strengths to improve your overall life satisfaction; what would help develop and strengthen your resilience in a supportive way while you travel the path of personal growth? Someone who is familiar with navigating life’s challenges can be a first step to increase your own self-awareness. Asking a family member, co-worker, friend or mentor to help explore and build the strengths can assist you on your path to successfully flourish in a stressful world.

If you find you still have questions on how to start tapping into your own resiliency strengths and develop them for a more focused and positive life, please consider reaching out to see if professional coaching might be a good path-finding way to help map and explore your wellbeing resiliency vision.

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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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