Wellness and Wellbeing
The subject of wellness and wellbeing can be a complex one. For example, from which points of view are we considering this subject? How can we assess the degree of wellness and wellbeing? Can we effectively measure any changes? These are just a few of the questions that arise. Fortunately, the Banyan Holistic healthcare team has been carefully applying itself to the subject of identifying specific areas of wellness and wellbeing in the lives of our patients. As a result, we have developed an extraordinary Wellness Program for improving and sustaining a greater level of fulfillment for those in need.
Wellness and wellbeing are an extension of the holistic view of our lives. It covers several key areas. Our physical, emotional, social and the other aspects of who we are, all interrelate in terms of our overall level of wellness. There are six primary areas that we will assess, develop, and support: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, occupational, and spiritual. The following is a breakdown of how we approach each of these specific areas.
- Physical wellness and wellbeing can generally be measured by whether or not a person is living in a comfortable, functional, and dynamic body. If there is pain and discomfort, lack of mobility, low energy, or body symptoms of any kind, then we can see that our physical wellbeing has been compromised. As physicians and therapists, it is our aim to restore the body to its optimal levels of functioning, and to guide our patients so that they are better able to maintain these improvements within their daily lives.
- Emotional wellness and wellbeing is typically measured by how calm and grounded a person feels when under varying degrees of pressure. This aspect is all about our feelings. For example, stress is sometimes difficult to manage. We might feel tense, overwhelmed, or even panicked under this type of pressure. The body might then respond to stress in a way that produces symptoms, like high blood pressure or excess stomach acid. Keep in mind, it can be normal to feel frustration, worry, fear, and so on, but remaining stuck in any one of them will greatly affect the way in which we relate to the other people and to situations in our lives. It is important to address our emotional framework so that we can develop and maintain a healthy life and relationships.
- Intellectual wellness and wellbeing is directly related to our mind. The mind has a two main parts, conscious and subconscious. Our conscious mind is thinking, analyzing, and responding to all of the stimuli that we perceive each and every day. The subconscious mind is the interpreter, the reserve, and represents approximately 90% of our mind’s overall power. To improve this level of wellbeing, we have to understand in what ways has the mind has been filtering, processing, and ENCODING all of the information that is coming in. The mind that is optimized is very clear, perceptive, and insightful, and can be considered like a polished mirror. When this is the case, all of the messages that the mind sends to the body will be coordinated, harmonious, and effective.
- Wellness and wellbeing in terms of our social interactions are represented by a couple of key points. These are harmony and productivity. The more content people are within themselves, the easier it is for them to form healthy relationships with others. Our entire community functions as a result of people working together. There is sometimes struggle and conflict. However, if the outcome is win-lose, then the individual, the relationship, and the community all suffer. Truly harmonious and productive relationships are a win-win, because the partners are working toward the same goal. An intensity of struggle and disharmony is a measure of how little wellbeing exists in this aspect of who we are.
- Occupational and financial wellness and wellbeing are also assessed, optimized, and supported through our program. This aspect of a person’s life speaks directly to their inherent human need for stability, security, and survival. Having a career that is fulfilling, and enjoying the financial compensation that comes with such a career, are major issues that will affect our overall level of wellbeing. Each of us is born with certain innate talents and interests that can hopefully be channeled into a fulfilling career. This, for many of us, is a lifelong work in progress. Having prosperity consciousness and the mindset to literally welcome money into our lives takes some guidance, practice, and reinforcement. Suffice it to say, this is often one of the most important aspects of our wellness program.
- The last major area that we address is that of spiritual wellness and wellbeing. Please note: this is not to suggest that we should be particularly religious, but rather that we need to live our lives with a sense of purpose. Waking up each day and applying ourselves toward fulfillment of that purpose can be an inspirational and empowering way to live our lives. Maybe there is a combination of small goals or dreams and some larger, longer term ones too. Each of the steps we take in life brings us closer toward fulfilling our destiny and greater purpose. If there are elements of regret, resentment, and lack of gratitude, inspiration, or vision, then we would suggest that the spiritual aspect is in need of attention.
Although you may have the impression that wellness and wellbeing is a complex subject, there is a focus and methodology in our program that helps the physicians and therapists guide each person toward their own unique results. There is often some need for refinement in one aspect or another. By taking a careful, individualized assessment of each patient, their background, and their goals, allows the healthcare team to provide specific therapy and suggestions for improvement. There is also abundant support that helps to maintain the increased levels of wellness and wellbeing through their daily lives, and for a lifetime. If curious or in need, please feel free to ask for an orientation session.