A Model For Holistic Wellness

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The basis of my approach to wellness coaching is to address all areas of life. I have adopted a model including 7 Pillars of Wellness that I use to help my clients optimize their well-being holistically, so they can live a healthy, happy, fulfilling lives. I came across this model after exploring and experimenting with many different theories of human needs, all of which have played a role in my approach to wellness coaching. Here is an overview of three models including the 7 Pillars, plus how and why I use it.

Most models of human needs have been developed as a means to understand human motivation and to promote physical and mental well-being.

Arguably the most famous model was developed by psychologist, Abraham Maslow, back in the mid-1900s.

Maslow's theory posited that the first need (physiological) must be fulfilled before a person would have any need for the next level (safety), and so on up the pyramid to transcendence. He later adjusted this assumption to be more flexible, believing that the order of needs achievement was not the same for everyone.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (the original 5, plus 3 new categories added to his work more recently):

  1. Physiological: air, water, food, shelter, sleep, reproduction
  2. Safety: personal security, employment, resources, health, property
  3. Belonging: love, friendship, intimacy, family, connection
  4. Esteem: respect, self-esteem, status, recognition, strength, freedom
  5. Cognitive (new): knowledge, understanding, curiosity, exploration, need for meaning, predictability
  6. Aesthetic (new): appreciation, search for beauty, balance, form
  7. Self-Actualization: desire to become the most that one can be, achieve full potential
  8. Transcendence (new): motivated by values which transcend personal self (mystical,  religious, science, nature, etc.)

A newer model is put forward by life coach and self-help guru, Anthony Robbins. Robbins' proposes that success and happiness can be found by meeting the fundamental needs of human beings.

These needs, he says, drive our motivations, decisions and behaviours for everything we do, whether beneficial or not. And by understanding these needs we can find better ways to meet them.

Tony Robbins' 6 Core Human Needs:

  1. Certainty: safety, security, stability, comfort, order, control, consistency
  2. Variety: the need for variety, surprise, challenges, excitement, adventure, novelty
  3. Significance: the need to have meaning, feel special, pride, be needed/wanted, feel important, worthy of love
  4. Love & Connection: the need for love, communication, belonging, attachment, intimacy, connected to others
  5. Growth: the need for ongoing emotional, intellectual and spiritual development
  6. Contribution: the need to give beyond ourselves, give, care, protect, serve others.

The first four are considered needs of the personality and the last two are needs of the spirit. The first pair (certainty and variety) and the second pair (significance and love & connection) work in contrast to each other, with a preference for a semblance of balance between the pair. For example if you have too much certainty, you may crave more variety, or if you spend too much time gaining significance, you may have trouble finding deep, meaningful relationships that thrive on love & connection.

I have used both of these models and value their perspective on human potential and well-being. However, I wasn't quite satisfied with either of them. I was seeking a simple, comprehensive model that includes the core areas of the daily human experience AND is easily applied in the coaching process. Here's where I landed...

The 7 Pillars of Wellness:

  1. Physical – the physical health of your body: sound nutritional practices, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, engaging in physical activity, avoiding risky behavior, preventative medical care.
  2. Financial – money and occupation: security, living within your means, future financial health, consumer awareness, satisfaction at work.
  3. Environmental – contribution to & support of your surroundings: having a home, furniture, equipment & tools that support you, access to resources and services, decluttering, a well-stocked pantry, global environmental stewardship.
  4. Social – relationships and belonging: strong social network, friendships, family relationships, sharing, empathy, active listening, support & guidance for/from others, committing to common good.
  5. Emotional – emotional wellness: personal feelings, balanced emotional state, accepting limitations, reducing stress, expressing emotions effectively, adjusting to change, and maintaining healthy relationships, counseling when needed.
  6. Intellectual – managing your inner game: addressing fears, stress, limiting beliefs, ability to deal with problems, sense of autonomy and confidence, curiosity & engagement, learning, creative activities.
  7. Spiritual or Self-Actualization – exploring beliefs, values, ethics: finding meaning, seeking spiritual development, quest for value and purpose, peace and contentment, achieving your full potential, and developing the fortitude to continue in the face of obstacles.

The Physical, Financial and Environmental pillars address the need for health, safety and security.

The Social and Emotional pillars address the need for belonging, contribution and self-esteem.

The Mental and Spiritual/Self-Actualization pillars address the need for growth, fulfillment and meaning.

I love using the 7 Pillars of Wellness because it identifies the main areas of a person's daily life experience, making it easy to understand, remember, and apply in coaching and it integrates what I've learned from Maslow, Robbins and others' models of human needs. I'd love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below.

TAKE ACTION TODAY:  Apply this model to your own life and find ways to improve the areas that are least satisfactory to you to create more well-being and overall balance in your life. 

Peace and ease,

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Radio Interview - Shannon Staples

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Listen to NBR-FM Radio host Rob Whetham interview Shannon Staples, Vitality Coach about her business, her passion, and how she got started.

 

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Celebrating You

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Celebrate all the little successes because they are what *really* count.

You have overcome so much. You have not given up! You rise up after every setback, and you continue to push forward. Stop being so hard on yourself. Stop being disappointed in yourself. Stop judging yourself. You’ve come way too far to doubt yourself anymore.

Allow yourself to believe in your strength, resilience, and recognize that all is well (as it always has been) even when it seems hard. Need evidence of that? You’re here aren’t you? You are a survivor! You have overcome! You have things to be grateful for in your life!

Give yourself credit for all your victories along the way. You have worked hard to get where you are, don’t focus on feeling like you're not there yet. It’s a vicious cycle of chasing of the "next moment" instead of embracing how far you've come and reveling in the goodness of right now. Take credit for trying. Take credit for your progress. The little things do matter.

Stop living like you’re not “there” yet because there is no “there.” Once you get “there” there will be a new “there.” So, cut yourself some slack and enjoy the journey and all the tiny little victories and joys along the way. This is what life is – a journey – a perpetual path of moving towards what we want. Since what we want is always changing and evolving as we have new experiences along the way, choose to be happy now. Celebrate every little success. Enjoy the “becoming” of life.

We tend to think that success is only an achievement of an end goal, or a leap from where you are to where you want to be. However, it's those baby steps, those small accomplishments, and those days where you want to give up, but you try a little harder, that count. Every single day, every single moment, is an opportunity to celebrate those small wins. The more you celebrate the better you feel, and the better you feel, the more there is to celebrate!

Your feelings of celebration are adding up energetically and will manifest your desires. Don’t doubt yourself. Be patient and loving with yourself. Remember that you are good enough. That you are worthy of great happiness.

Have a very happy holiday season! I just wanted to say that I am proud of you. Keep going!

Peace and joy,

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Are You Sabotaging Your Healthy Efforts?

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 Your vitality is in direct proportion to how brightly and how frequently you let your light shine.  To be clear, your light is always shining; you simply have to let go of what’s dimming it from being seen – the veils or filters that conceal the brightness of who you really are.

Let’s talk about this in terms of healthy behaviours. There are many activities you can do to increase your physical and mental health – clean eating, active movement, quality sleep, medicine when necessary, meaningful relationships, enlisting support, therapy, researching alternatives, relaxation, self-care, etc. We all know about these opportunities and activities that lead to greater health and vitality.

Once you decide on what activity you would like to add or remove from your life, and once you get to the point that you are ready to make the change, or maintain it, the key to success in this endeavour is your mindset. As it turns out, your mindset is largely, I’d say primarily, a result of your vibration (how brightly or dimly you allow your light to shine). Vibration precedes everything else.

For example, when you eat your greens because you think you should or must; when you pay no attention to it, shovel it down, or just get it over with; your body cannot benefit from it the same way it would if you were focused on higher vibrations such as the enjoyment, satisfaction, or gratitude of this otherwise healthy activity.

When you eat under duress (stress), your nervous system shifts to preparing to fight or flee; it slows or stops your ability to fully digest and assimilate the nutrients to heal your cells because all the body’s energy and attention goes to your survival needs instead of your regenerative, restorative, healing needs. When you’re focused on how much you hate what you’re eating, that you don’t have time to eat, or when you judge something as bad for you, you ensure that you’re not getting the nutritional benefits you could be getting from it.

Alternatively, when you apply your attitude and mindset to mindfulness, gratitude, appreciation, enjoyment, savouring, and focusing on the pleasure of what you’re eating (no matter if it’s a green smoothie or chocolate cake), you increase your body’s uptake of nutrition and ability to heal your cells, thereby increasing your physical vitality, while also increasing your mental-emotional vitality.

Bringing it back around now, your job is to let your light shine by being mindful of your thoughts, behaviours and limiting beliefs (beliefs are simply repetitive thoughts, which you can choose to change). Instead, focus on what brings you joy. Do things (including eat) deliberately, with positive intention, awareness, presence and gratitude. The longer you can stay clear of those low-vibe filters, the easier it gets to keep your light shining bright, and the more vitality you feel.

TAKE ACTION TODAY:  Eat your next meal without distraction (no TV, cell phone, reading, computer). Really pay attention to each and every bite, savouring the flavour and texture, and being grateful for the nutritional healing that is being delivered to your cells. Notice how your body feels, breathe deeply to relax, and stop when you feel satisfied. Notice how your behaviour, needs, and desires change when you do this. Let me know what you discover!

Peace and ease,

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The Buzz About Balance

There's a lot of talk about work-life balance. So let's get into it!

What is it, really? How can you achieve it?

I bust a couple myths about it on this short episode.

 

 

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P.S. 

Are you thinking you need to move towards more balance?  I am taking new one-on-one clients! Click here to apply and we’ll see if we’re a good fit.

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