What is Wellness?
In order to create a wellness lifestyle for ourselves, we need to understand what wellness actually is.
Wellness is defined as a condition of good physical health, mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and good habits.
Today, wellness is used not only in terms of health and fitness, but also wellness of mind-body, and spirit. The true form of wellness must include the whole person.
Including the whole person in wellness is called the holistic approach.
My mission and the aim of this website are to help others with their health and wellness holistically.
The wellness movement began in the 80s however I was interested in health and wellbeing way before then.
When I was about 13 or 14 new neighbors moved into our street, and as I got to know them, I found that they were different kinds of people that I was used to. They put a lot of emphasis on their diet and that of their children. These neighbors made everything homemade including bread, cakes, pies, biscuits, sauces, jams in fact- everything that one can consume. They carefully prepared and made what they ate from scratch with whole foods. They never bought anything canned or processed.
On several occasions, I was invited to a meal and I experienced a way of eating that was completely new to me but totally intrigued me. And so as I got older I went to work and I began to research these things for myself and realized that my wellness was my responsibility.
I started to understand that whatever I put into my body, how I treated my body, and the lifestyle I held to, all contributed to my wellness or illness.
So I began a lifelong love with wellness.
These pictures of me were taken recently- 2021 & 2022. They are not photoshopped, but I did have the benefit of good lighting. I was born in 1955 so technically that makes me an old lady. Although I do suffer from symptoms of arthritis, I am well otherwise. People mistake me for being a lot younger than I actually am, and I put this down to my holistic wellness lifestyle.
Here in the UK, statistics show that 80% of people who pass through their GPs doors with major health problems that last more than a year down to one’s lifestyle. This is quite shocking, that is a lot of people who are ill because of the lifestyle that they have chosen.
We all have the power of choice. And what we choose for our health every single day contributes to our wellness or to our demise.
If our mind is healthy and we will look after our body, and if our body is functioning well our mind is clear and functioning in our spirit rejoices.
Holistic Health Lifestyle
What is holistic health? The term may conjure up all kinds of otherworldly ideas. Do you think of alternative medicine, naturopathy, or other Eastern-inspired health trends? If so, you’re at least partly right. However, this is not a cooky-spooky ideal; or a new fad. Conversely, the holistic approach is a scientific, intelligent approach to health and wellbeing.
Therapeutics for Holistic health have been scientifically proven to work, and like alternative medicine, it focuses on wellness and prevention rather than just treating the problem. It gets to the ‘root’ of the cause and heals from the inside out. The holistic approach allows the body to maintain its health and heal itself as it is equipped.
Holistic health is about caring for the whole person by providing for your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs. It is important to consider yourself holistically for health because your mind and body are linked and affect your overall health. Therefore, when I coach women, my approach is holistic. That’s why in my book Nothing Good about Grief– (link below), I include a holistic, mindful experience.
A long time ago, I learned that any method that separates our three parts is only putting a band-aid on the problem, and healing cannot manifest because of it. Therefore, it makes sense to address the whole, to gain wholeness for our being.
The Role of a Holistic Health Care Provider
Medical doctors who take a holistic approach to health don’t just ask you about your symptoms. Instead, they ask you about your overall health and your life — they can make personalized recommendations to improve your wellness.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, a holistic health care provider might prescribe medications or recommend surgery to repair an injury, but they’ll also recommend that you increase your endorphins naturally by getting more exercise. They’ll ask about your diet and discuss how certain foods contribute to inflammation. They’ll ask you about stress, anxiety, and depression — all of which can cause pain or be caused by it — and refer you to a therapist if you want one. They might also recommend massage to relax your muscles, acupuncture to help with nerve pain, or mindful meditation to help with pain management and stress relief. Simply put, rather than treating the pain, they’ll treat the ‘whole person.
Apart from my personal interests in wellness, I am a professional counselor and coach. My role is to bring awareness to how to live well and provide coaching to those who are wanting some support on their wellness journey.
I want to share with you the love and grace that is held out to all of us to live your beautiful life well.
You an exceptional being, comprising of a Mind, Body, and Spirit- that’s how you were made. So, in understating that, looking after yourself takes on a new perceptive- doesn’t it? That is how you maintain health and healing. You need to be well to function independently in this life.
Wellness is a big, important goal; however, it can feel overwhelming at times. You know you should eat healthier foods, drink more water, exercise seriously more often, sleep eight hours a night, give up your vices, and make more time for rest, meditation, and relaxation. But the busyness of work and life can make it hard to prioritize self-care, and the more you think about what you “should” be doing differently, the more daunting wellness can seem.
That’s where you have me as a coach comes in. Coaching will support you, give you the right tools and keep you on track to reach your wellness goals. Holistic health is about taking responsibility for your own health, and I will help you do that.
If you are doing something destructive to your healthy- being, recognize it for what it is, and endeavor to replace it with healthier habits of mind, body, and spirit.
In my coaching practice, I empower you with education and motivation to make better choices. For example, rather than suggesting a long list of lifestyle changes, I include you in the conversation and help you to determine which changes would make the most significant impact on your health. I help you to set your wellness goals and then provide you with resources — whether that’s a personalized plan or an, if you need to go deeper – a counseling session.
Does the idea of living holistically interest you? Perhaps you would like more information? Contact me. I am happy to help you with any queries.
So, what is holistic health and wellbeing? It’s about honoring the mind-body connection by treating your whole person. It’s about caring for and loving your self- because you are a special human being!!
I look forward to your visit here and remember.
Your Best Life is Yet to Come!
Paula Rose Parish
Paula Rose has a Bachelor of Pastoral Counselling and Theology, Vision Christian University, USA. Master of Arts In Counselling & Professional Development, specializing in Spiritual Abuse The University of Derby, UK. BACP Life Coaching Course, Bristol, UK
A life member of (ISFP) The International Society of Female Professionals.
Paula is an Ordained Minister, Blogger, Podcaster, Course Creator, Published Author and has a Master of Arts in Counselling and many other qualifications and a lifetime so, I have heaps to share with you.
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