Let’s start from a more familiar place – life coaching. A life coach is someone who typically is known for helping their clients reach a goal or make a change in their life. An Integrative Wellness & Life Coach does all that AND helps their clients to heal core issues and negative patterns while empowering them to change their life with effective tools, techniques and specific action plans.
An Integrative Wellness & Life Coach helps clients gain freedom from the past, overcome habits and patterns that block fulfillment in an area of life and 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.
The word integrative as defined by the dictionary is: Combining allopathic and complementary therapies and/or serving or intending to unify separate things. 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 has knowledge & training in ‘integrative’ approaches in the areas of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellness (wholeness or balance).
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).
From: Integrative Wellness Academy
Books are a great tool no matter where you are in your wellness journey. Not only are they a good resource to learn new ideas but reading can even relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. It’s a STRESS release! Make it a habit folks.
Here are a handful of books that I recommend:
Jonathan Fields-How to Have a Good Life
Gabby Bernstein-The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
Jen Sincero-You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Dalai Lama-The Art of Happiness
Brene Brown-Daring Greatly
Elizabeth Gilbert-Big Magic
Russell Simmons-Success Through Stillness
Comment below if you have any others you would add to the list.
One of the biggest and “no cost” self-care practices you can do is living a life of gratitude. When we take time out of our day (EACH DAY – multiple times a day) to think about what we’re grateful something happens to our psyche. I’m not talking about the polite “thank you” which many of us had instilled in our upbringing. I’m talking about focusing on the things, people, events, etc. that you are grateful for. This focus can be either written down, thought of or told. I promise you if you develop a practice of gratitude, you will find more joy, happiness and hope in your life. There has been scientific studies on this exact correlation.
Here are some ways you can start a routine:
- Morning ritual – Every morning when you wake up, go for a walk, or maybe let the dog out (this is what I do) instead of looking at your phone take 2-3 minutes and focus on the things (or people) you are grateful for.
- Gratitude jar – All you need here is a mason jar and post-it notes. At the end of each day, write what you are grateful for on a post-it note and put it in the jar. At the end of the year pull out all the notes and read them. Life changing folks!
- Five Minute Journal app – As usual there’s always “an app for that” and a gratitude journal is no different. The great thing about this app is it will even send you notifications and daily affirmations.
- Five Minute Journal – if you want to keep it old school with writing in a journal, might I suggest this one.
- Social media – I know that I am always telling people to spend less time on social media. This #5 doesn’t change that. What if instead of posting a silly meme or what you ate for the lunch, you post what you’re grateful for? Maybe even tag the person if it’s someone that made your day. Add hashtags like #gratitude or #grateful to help spread the joy.
I always like to share articles that I find regarding the subject matter I’m talking about. I hope you enjoy them!
Reader’s Digest – 12 Ways to Wake Up Happier Tomorrow Morning (and Every Morning)
Philly Voice – Harvard study finds strong link between gratitude and happiness
Zen Habits – Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy