What's on your bookshelf? Whether you're a lover of paper or electronic books, here are some wellness must-haves worth reading and then keeping on your bookshelf. Note: None of these that I'm listing is a new book. While I love to read, I'm slow. And I often don't buy off the bookshelf that highlights current best-sellers or new releases. Each one should be available from your public library, … [Read more...] about Step 16: Add to Your Wellness Bookshelf
Integrative health combines conventional approaches with complementary therapies. Most of us are familiar with conventional (also known as Western or allopathic) medicine, as well as the MDs, nurses, and allied health professionals that provide it. But complementary therapies can be used alongside traditional medicine for a more holistic approach to health. And if you're going to be your own … [Read more...] about Step 11: Explore Complementary Therapies
Everyday technology can be used to help us improve our personal health. Yes, there's an app for that. Several apps, actually. And it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones are worthwhile to use. I haven't tried them all, but I do have several that work for me. The list below includes only ones that I use daily or very frequently to help me specify my goals and then track my … [Read more...] about Step 6: Set Goals and Track Progress with Apps
When I think about what health coaching did for me as a client, I look around my home in amazement, and with a sense of peace. I had been stuck for a long time in one particular area of my life. But I never considered how it might be affecting my health, because it wasn't in an obvious "health" area such as nutrition or exercise. When I enrolled in the professional health coach training … [Read more...] about What Health Coaching Did for Me
Deep inside, we all want to be heard and valued for who we are. We want to express ourselves. And we do not want to be judged. But how often does that happen? Awareness of the Need to be Heard Last fall, I volunteered at the Unity Project hosted by my church, which fronts a busy street at the edge of a university campus. So when a stranger walked toward me from the sidewalk, curious to … [Read more...] about In Life, We All Want to Be Heard
When starting or staying true to a healthier lifestyle, one must have deal breakers. Right? Boundaries. Lines that cannot be crossed, at least not often. Perhaps you've set out to change the way you eat or decided to get more exercise. Maybe you're swearing off fast food. Or you're planning to take 10,000 steps per day. Or you aim to get 7+ hours of sleep each night. How strong is … [Read more...] about What Are Your Deal Breakers for a Healthy Lifestyle?