First in a series.

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO.

Is this the approach you’ve taken in your practice?  Practitioners have an extraordinarily hard time setting a healthy example, simply because of the hours, stress, and lack of sleep that we endure.  It’s not always that we don’t know how to be healthy, it’s that we have a hard time carving out the time in a day for self-care.  

To learn healthy habits, there are three equally important things that need to take place.

#1 educate

#2 make time for the habits

#3 establish a support network to reinforce the habits

As you learn how to help your patients establish healthy habits, it’s a great opportunity for you to make changes in your lifestyle as well.

Human Needs

When taking into consideration which lifestyle changes need to be made.  It’s important to look at how we “value” each need.

Taking into account values, helps to create motivation and creates a better chance at success.  We value the importance of different needs at varying levels during periods of our lives.  The truth is, we can eat healthy, exercise, and practice mindfulness, but if we value social and intellectual above all else, and those are lacking, we won’t experience optimal health and happiness. 

 

Start

Start out by getting clear on what we value, and lifestyle change gets a lot easier.

Discover your values

Read through the list below and circle the values that feel important to you.

Emotions
  • peace
  • joy
  • excitement
  • importance
  • successful
  • superiority
  • free
  • pride
Intellectual
  • education
  • enlightenment
  • listening
  • creativity
  • information
  • instruction
  • understanding
  • title or degree
  • discernment
Social
  • friends
  • community
  • placement
  • influence
  • fun
  • encouragement
  • competition
Spiritual

  • awareness
  • proximity – God
  • holiness
  • passion
  • forgiving
  • grateful
  • inclusive
  • piety
Occupational
  • leadership
  • expertise
  • income
  • title
  • power
  • independence
  • creativity
  • achievement
  • service
  • quality
Physical

  • energy
  • strength
  • endurance
  • healthy
  • slender
  • ageless
  • beauty
  • competition
  • comfort
Environmental

  • nature
  • beauty
  • peace
  • quality
  • excitement
  • reflection
  • safety
  • security
  • comfort
  • creativity

Are you surprised?  Do you want to add anything to the lists?  Comment below.

 

Cathy Sykora

Cathy Sykora

President