Friday, March 12, 2010

Self Reflection and Exercise

One must be aware of his or her strengths and weaknesses to obtain optimal wellness. This includes being aware of your physical, spiritual, and psychological well-being. There is little encouragement among health care providers to perform self reflection evaluations and look into one's inner self for inner treatment options for the mind, body, and spiritual healing methods, even if it is used to complement the external treatment modalities. I do encourage you to evaluate you own well-being of the physical, spiritual, and psychological aspects. Here I have completed a self reflection myself and share with you what my finding were. I am not ashamed, I now just added knowledge on what factors I need to work on and how I am going to meet that goal.

Based on my self reflection:

I would have to rate my physical well-being as a six (6) due to not living a healthy lifestyle, being overweight, and having a decreased health status (including hypertension) as 36 years of age. Goal: I will have a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, and have a stable health status within 6 weeks. Actions: I will quit smoking, start exercising 2-3 times weekly for 30 minutes a day, eat smaller portions of healthier foods, lose 10 pounds, and take medications as prescribed.

I would have to say my spiritual well-being is rated at a 5 due to reacting before I think sometime in situations, not addressing my inner self, and not treating my body as a precious one. Goal: I will handle open the inner mind and self and treat this body as a precious one within six (6) weeks. Actions: I will think through my feelings before speaking or reacting to a problem or before making final decisions, start addressing my inner self to increase my integral health, and start taking better care of my body physically and mentally to care for it as a precious one just as God gave it to me.

I have rated my psychological well-being as a 5 due to being under increased stress and so many emotions going through my head that I do not know where to start. Goal: I will have increased knowledge of different approaches I may take to help deal with the stress in my life day to day and the emotions that I feel within six (6) weeks. Actions: I will continue learning from courses I take in school, continue learning from research on mind body, and spiritual modalities, try different approaches to reducing stress to find the correct techniques for my different circumstances, perform daily techniques to aid in relaxation and stress reduction, and communicate more with others my emotional feelings to clear my mind instead of repressing them.


I have completed the relaxation exercise "The Crime of the Century". This exercise talks you through visualization, deep breathing, relaxation, and positive emotions with the rainbow technique of relaxation focusing on 7 different areas of the body. At first, I was getting a little frustrated trying to listen to him, do what he was saying, and trying to relax all at the same time. I felt a little overwhelmed! As I continued listening, I became more relaxed and was able to focus on everything he was saying. His voice was so calm. It was like going into a trance or something. It is hard to explain. I was so relaxed by the end of it, I had went to sleep. So, I would say it was very beneficial. My five year old woke me up talking to me. I just had to listen to it again and again. I love it! What a magnificent feeling that it gave me!!!! I think I will continue with this technique.


  1. Hi Chancey,

    You have set some pretty high goals for yourself! I would say if you can accomplish what you've set out to do, that is absolutely wonderful! However, don't be too hard on yourself if you don't - because if you don't get where you think you should be, you may give up. The secret is to NEVER give up, and if it takes you 16 weeks, or even 52 weeks or even two years, so be it. The fact that you are making little changes along the way is what is important.

    How do you eat an elephant?

    "One bite at a time."

    If you make one change per month, you've made 12 changes in a year.

    Quitting smoking is tough. I smoked 35 years, and it took 10 years to FINALLY quit. *sigh* You may not get it done in 6 weeks, but you'll be heading in the right direction.

    I am anxious to follow your progress....Let me know if you need a shoulder to lean on.


  2. Thank you, Paula! You know it also helps with encouragement and support from others. I want get upset if I do not accomplish my goals within the six weeks. I am also dieting and we all know that dieting and smoking cessasation is a hard process when you combine them. I have lost about ten pounds in the last 3 weeks. I am trying and trying hard. Thank you so much for your support!