Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton
Have you ever put together a large jigsaw puzzle and found that when you reached the end you were missing a piece? The first reaction is disbelief, the second, an all-out effort to look for the elusive piece. Life can sometimes be like a puzzle, we start with the basic pieces (usually the outline) and as we age we begin to fill-in the rest, similar to a puzzle. When we are young we have the basics from our upbringing, and as we age we keep adding more pieces to ourselves through our experiences, education and faith. This usually helps to determine our characteristics, traits and personality. It is our hope that we have all the pieces so that we become a totally well-rounded person.
But what happens if during our lifetime we don’t collect all the pieces we need to become a totally well-rounded person, or if during our life we have lost a piece or two, can we still become that totally well-rounded person we had hoped to become? Of course we can! People grow and experience life at different stages and times, because of that, we ALL grow into who we are at these different stages and times of our lives. You can see that especially during the teenage years when some opt to become young men and women, while others wish to cling to their youth a little longer. Not that there is anything wrong with either path, it just shows that change differs in each individual’s life.
There are three areas that can help us to become a totally well-rounded person, they are:
– Physical Wellness – first, when we pay attention to things we put into our bodies, making sure that we are eating foods that are good for us, and that they provide us with our daily nutritional needs. When it comes to eating I coach my clients to “eat what you need, not what you want”. Portion control is an excellent way to keep the extra pounds off and can be as effective as any good diet plan. Second is making some form of exercise or physical activity part of our daily life.
– Mental Wellness – this comes in many different forms, from meditation to an afternoon fishing on the lake. It’s that place we go to “turn the static” off, and just enjoy the present moment. The importance of mental wellness cannot be over-stated, we must take time to quiet our mind. By taking the time to quiet our mind we help reduce stress (which is now the number one precursor to most major diseases). Eliminate the stress and it will add years to your life!
– Spiritual Wellness – spiritual wellness is food for the soul, when we are happy in spirit everything changes. Life’s problems no longer seem so large. We are less stressful and for the most part we are happier. When we are happier those around us are usually happier too.
These are the three areas I refer to as “Total Wellness” – when mind, body and spirit all come together as one in good health. This is the foundation to my “Total Wellness” Health Coaching Programs.
If you would like more information on “Total Wellness” or if you would like to schedule a FREE 50 minute personal health consultation with me, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Energy and persistence conquer all things”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)