For years I kept my personal pursuits in the field of wellness separate from my practice as a psychotherapist. However, it has become increasingly clear in studies which measure happiness and longevity that a strong relationship exists between mental health and a healthy lifestyle.
As a daily practitioner of meditation since my 20's, I often rely on mindfulness skills to stay present with clients. my training in hatha yoga/meditation can be as useful as my degrees/credentials in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Furthermore, through yoga I have developed the capacity to analyze breathing patterns and teach Pranayama techniques (controlled breathing) when appropriate which has produced rapid results in moving through anxiety and fear.
Mostly vegan and macrobiotic for 30 years, I believe nutrient rich foods along with daily exercise
are important to consider. in 2010 I created a wellness guide: The Seven Facets to help coaching clients identify the imbalances in their lives and develop skills for change!
The Seven Facets
One: Internal Cultivation- spiritual practice, prayer, yoga/meditation, meaningful reading. nature
Two: Authentic relationships- we need a handful of people whom we trust and can be unfiltered with
Three: Exercise- our bodies need to move for optimal health, whether structured activity or walking, working outside
Four: Whole Foods-artificial additives and preservatives are not food, a plant based diet with some fish/organic proteins is proven to be most beneficial
Five: Peaceful Home- to rejuvenate from a busy world our space should be calming, pleasant and void of Clutter, chemicals
Six: Creativity- if you have a job that you are passionate about, perfect! Otherwise we need to "tap into" your creativity: baking, painting, writing, decorating, gardening...
Seven: Preventative Health- homeopathy, healing foods and other therapies such as: massage, chiropractic...
What do you need to feel balanced?