Taking Ownership of Your Outcome Through Integrative Wellness
by Rachel EvaWhat is Integrative Wellness and how can it help individuals overcome obstacles and empower them to create the life they want? Integrative Wellness is wellness, wholeness or balance in 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 affect one another. For example, one can experience weight gain on the physical and its 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.
How are these four systems defined? 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 from religion, yet religion is one example of a way to increase balance or wholeness within the spiritual system, if one so chooses.
How can an individual get help? Getting coached in this area may be hugely beneficial to the quality of life the individual desires. For example, 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 and Life Coach (trained and certified through Integrative Wellness Academy) has knowledge and 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 and 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 and Life Coach does this through the holistic and integrative approach of coaching toward 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 and Life Coach can experience and expect to walk away with a personal plan to move them toward wellness and health in the areas of mind (thought life and patterns), emotions (emotions and relationships), physical (this can be physical health or physical surroundings/situations such as career or finance) and spiritual health (awareness and spirituality).
Here is one of the exercises Integrative Wellness and Life Coaches use, which helps the individual to identify areas that are out of balance and intentionally move them toward balance, wellness and wholeness as well as to uncover actions that are leading them away from balance, wellness and wholeness. Once these have been identified, it is possible to list effective actions to help move toward balance and create the outcomes desired.
Fill in the in the graph below, do one graph for each of the systems; mental, emotional, physical and spiritual:
For those who have a passion for having a career helping others, or are simply interested in getting equipped to help themselves, the Integrative Wellness Academy offers Integrative Wellness and Life Coach Certification courses both in person and online. To learn more about these trainings, visit IntegrativeWellnessAcademy.com.
Rachel Eva is an integrative coach and author as well as president and head trainer of Integrative Wellness Academy. For more information, email her at [email protected]