Integrative Wellness is wellness, wholeness or balance all all four aspects of self; mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. The word integrative as defined by the dictionary is: Combining allopathic and complementary therapies and/or serving or intending to unify separate things.
All four of these aspects of self are interconnected and effect one another. For example, you can experience weight gain on the physical and it’s core or root issue can actually be in the emotional system. True wellness and harmony is experienced when there is balance in all four systems or aspects of self. This wellness will then branch out and create positive results in the major areas of life such as career, relationships, family, health and self development.
What exactly are these four systems defined as? The ‘Mental’ system is the area of thought life, self perception and beliefs. The ‘Emotional’ system is our emotions and relationships, this includes our negative emotions and feelings about the past. The ‘Physical’ system is our health and physical body as well as all the things we create around us; job, home, finances, organization etc. The ‘Spiritual’ system is our connection to our true self, our higher self or God, energy, love, nature (any definition you choose), what we believe spiritually and the way we choose to grow that connection through actions. The Spiritual system is different then religion, religion is one example of a way to increase balance or wholeness within the spiritual system if one so chooses.
How can I get help? Getting coached in this area may be hugely beneficial to the quality of life you desire to live. You may be familiar with the term ‘life coach’. A life coach is traditionally defined as a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. An Integrative Wellness & Life Coach (trained and certified through Integrative Wellness Academy) has knowledge & training in ‘integrative’ approaches and techniques to help resolve core issues and roadblocks in the areas of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellness (wholeness or balance).
Integrative Wellness & Life Coaches can help people gain freedom from the past, overcome habits and patterns that block fulfillment in an area of life as well as help clients take the actions necessary to live the life they have always desired. An Integrative Wellness & Life Coach does this through the holistic & integrative approach of coaching towards balance (harmony or wholeness) in all four body systems; mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.
This approach moves life coaching from simply counseling and encouraging to fully equipping and empowering clients to make effective change. The clients of an Integrative Wellness & Life Coach can experience and expect to walk away with a personal plan to move them towards wellness & health in the areas of mind (thought life & patterns), emotions (emotions & relationships), physical (this can be physical health or physical surroundings/situations such as career or finance) and spiritual health (awareness & spirituality).
I wanted to provide one of the exercises our coaches use for you all to try! This exercise helps you to identify areas that are out of balance and intentionally move you towards balance, wellness and wholeness as well as to uncover actions that are leading you away from balance, wellness and wholeness. Once you have identified these, you can INTENTIONALLY list effective actions to help move you towards balance and create the outcomes you desire!
Fill in the in the graph below, do one graph for each of the systems—mental, emotional, physical and spiritual:
If you have ever had a passion for having a career helping others, or are you simply interested in getting equipped to help yourself, my company, Integrative Wellness Academy offers Integrative Wellness & Life Coach certification courses both in person and online. If you are interested in attending please email us! You can read more about our team, trainings and reviews on our web site http://www.integrativewellnessacademy.com/
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