Why Wellness for You?
Everyone has both feelings and thoughts; these feelings and thoughts drive our actions. They keep you inspired to finish college, make dinner, complete a long project, and make big lifestyle changes. You need to know your Reason(s) For Wellness. You may need to look deep for your reason or it may pop into your mind easily. Goals shift and change. We work with that to our advantage. Reasons are connected to emotions and are less likely to shift. Here are 5 typical Reasons For Wellness that drive others into lifestyle changes:
- Desire to keep up with grandchildren
- Desire to avoid the “scary medical procedure” that your friend/family just had done
- Arrival of a “BIG” Birthday
- A recent divorce or loss that shifts your identity
- A personal health crisis
What is your Reason For Wellness? Find it. Know it. Use it to drive you forward. Keep coming back to it.
Wellness is not a ‘medical fix’ but a way of living – a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever. – Greg Anderson
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Human Needs and Wellness
Science and history give us valuable information about what a human needs in order to live and thrive. Human needs according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs include (in order):
- Biological: Air, water, food, sunlight, warmth, movement, shelter, sex, sleep
- Safety: security, order, stability, protection from the elements, freedom of fear
- Love: Intimacy, acceptance, friends, giving and receiving affection
- Esteem: dignity, achievement, independence, valued by others
- Cognition: understanding, learning, curiosity, exploration
- Aesthetic: appreciation of beauty, form, and balance in the world
- Self-Actualization: achieving one’s full potential, seeking personal growth and peak experiences
- Transcendence: motivation for reasons/experiences beyond yourself
These needs are in order of importance to your mind and body. Before you can do great things for the world, you have to take care of your own needs. At Zen and Vitality, you have the opportunity to engage in self care practices that bring you up, balance you out, accept you for who you are right now, grow your confidence and strength, change your form, challenge your thinking, and help you make your mark on the world. Zoa facilitates all this without magic – just science blended with your purposeful work and mindful lifestyle choices.
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8 Dimensions of Wellness
At Zen and Vitality, you will have access to a wide variety of tools and personalized guidance to improve and maintain all the dimensions of wellness. Some tools will be perfect for you to begin with right away. Others are either lower priority or you are doing fine on your own. Which wellness dimension(s) do you want support with first and why?
If you are like most new Zen and Vitality clients, you want it all! There are so many choices! It is easy to feel overwhelmed. If you take on too many changes at once, you will likely have a very hard time keeping up with all of the changes. It is crucial to acknowledge the interconnection between the different dimensions of wellness.
For example, when you take a movement class with Zoa, you consciously are choosing physical wellness. The laughter and camaraderie that comes from a group class or your private session provides you social wellness at the same time. The full body movement stimulates your fascial system and releases pent up emotions through laughter, smiles, tears, whatever it takes! Voilà, emotional wellness has been encouraged. You gain intellectual wellness from class as well since Zoa aims to share useful tidbits about your body’s optimal functioning as they are relevant. There you go – 4 dimensions of wellness addressed simultaneously in a single hour or less.