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Running Head: PERSONAL APPLICATION

Growth and Health-Spiritually, Physically and Psychologically Nada L. Crowder Kaplan University HW499 Earon Davis October 14, 2013

Running Head: PERSONAL APPLICATION

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person; the body, mind, spirit and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness through balance (WebMD, 2013). As a health and wellness professional it is important to develop psychologically, spiritually and physically. The holistic medicine professional believes that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts, so if one part of the system is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected as well. Being developed psychologically, spiritually and physically will allow the health care professional to create a treatment plan appropriate for the patient that may include both conventional medication to alternative therapies. Herbalism, physical fitness, meditation, guided imagery, massage; aromatherapy and prayer are all tools that can be used to promote holistic health. Combining several of these modalities creates a foundation to proper health. Throughout the health and wellness program I have applied one additional modality to my personal care regimen. I practice physical fitness by exercising 3 days out of the week. To make sure that I am consistent I keep a calendar on my kitchen wall that reminds me of my progress. I assess both psychological and spiritual health together. I am a Christian so regular prayer is something that I practice on a daily basis. I also attend church service on Sunday mornings and Biblical studies Tuesday evenings. Church participation has proven benefits I have witnessed from my children as well as myself. My sons are respectful, they have values, they are problem solvers instead of problem creators and successful. Because of my church participation I have the support I need when faced with challenging situations which would cause me to revert to old habits. I have a new found peace that I have only experienced while living a Christian life. Scoring me on a scale from 1 to 10 in reference of psychological, spiritual and physical health would go like this: I would give myself an 8 psychologically. This is because there are

Running Head: PERSONAL APPLICATION

periods in which I become overwhelmed and emotional concerning situations. Even though I recognize stressors and many are problems I have no control over, conquering this giant is an area that still needs work. I give myself a 9 in spirituality. I practice prayer individually as well as corporately. I attend regular church service and I spend quiet moments in praise and worship with Jesus Christ. And lastly physically; I can stand to improve in this area. I will give myself a 6 for fitness. Even though I exercise 3 days out of the week, I believe that I can increase the number of days. I also have allowed my hip as well as knee surgeries to be an enabler preventing me from pushing myself harder, stronger or longer while working out. I certainly need to improve physically. Goals allow us to strive for something we want to see accomplished and I have developed a plan to achieve a goal in all three concepts of psychological and spiritual health. I have enrolled in a yoga course that will teach me how to mentally and physically relax. Yoga helps you to focus on the inner core and also introduces proper breathing technique as you move into the mind-body-spirit movements that promote balance, flexibility and induced relaxation (Micozzi, 2011). My physical goal is to increase my fitness routine by adding an extra day and working out consecutively 4 days in a row. Spiritually I would like to develop more in the area of missionary work extending the love of Christ to people who struggle with substance abuse. Strategies that I will use to foster growth in the physical area would be diligent about exercising four days a week, which may require a buddy system for accountability. I will continue to practice yoga which allows me to relax my mind so that I can become more conscious of both negative and positive thoughts. Spiritually I will continue to live a life as a God fearing woman. I will show gratitude towards my family, friends, my possessions and those blessings that have yet to manifest.

Running Head: PERSONAL APPLICATION

There are two areas that I will practice as an ongoing commitment towards physical, psychological and spiritual health. Examples of these would include working out in the gym 45 minutes to an hour and swimming or another form of cardio for an hour on the weekends. Spiritually I will continue to attend church, read the Bible and participate in both individual and corporate prayer. I will know the progress of my commitments based on how I feel mentally, spiritually and physically. Maintaining my long-term practices for health and wellness will also include yearly check-ups, proper nutrition and vitamin intake, exercise, self-evaluation and continued education.

Running Head: PERSONAL APPLICATION

References

WebMd. (n.d.). Health and Balance. Retrieved October 14, 2013, from http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/what-is-holistic-medicine