Mikaela D. Martin - Guidance for Growing

Living your best life happens one step at a time.  In a sea of too much, and often conflicting health information, Healthy Bites provides the simple, specific information and guidance you need to make a small step – or, a “healthy bite” – toward a healthier and happier life.  Local wellness expert, board-certified health coach and lifestyle counselor, Mikaela D. Martin, of Guidance for Growing in Souderton, writes the monthly Healthy Bites.  For more healthy living news and tips, her website at www.guidanceforgrowing.com. To find out what we talked about on the show, read the full article or visit WNPV and listen to the shows archives.

How do you define health?  Is it being physically fit?  Is it eating all your fruits and vegetables?  Is it having a secure job?  Is it having balanced relationships?  Is it honoring your values?  Or is it simply the absence of illness?

In truth, it is all of these things – and more!  When we think of health, it’s important to consider these seven elements of health: physical, emotional, relational, mental, financial, environmental and fundamental. True wellness is when all of these pieces are present and in balance.  Take the quiz bellow as October’s “healthy bite” and determine how healthy you really are.

Physical

The majority of my meals are unprocessed and do not come in a package. 

I am physically active for 30 minutes four times a week or more.

I am free of illness.

Emotional

I don’t hold in my emotions; I cry when I need to cry and laugh when I need to laugh.

I can write or talk about my emotions clearly.

I ask for support when my emotions feel confusing or overwhelming.

Relational

My friends are understanding and supportive of me, and I of them.

I have a good relationship with my parents, siblings and/or children.

I regularly talk to my significant other about our relationship challenges and successes.

Mental

For the most part, I think positively and optimistically.

I have high self-regard and confidence in my abilities.

I have effective management skills for stress and anxiety.

Financial

I have a savings account containing at least three month’s worth of expenses.

I can easily locate documents for my insurance policies, investments, and mortgage or rental.

I enjoy the work I do – not just the paycheck.

Environmental

The inside and outside air I breath is safe.

I have a clean and organized place to work.

I regularly donate items that I no longer use.

Fundamental

I can identify five or more values that are very important to me.

I have a practice or habit that allows me to connect a higher power.

I feel the link between all human beings. 

Scoring each element of health: Each yes answer equals one point.  Scores of 3 in each area means that element of your health is present and in balance.  A score of 2 means that element could use some attention.  A score of 0 or 1 means that element is unhealthy and needs work.

Optimal wellness occurs when your total score is above 18 and no one area scores below a 2.

Use this month’s healthy bite as an opportunity to strive toward true and balanced health.  The quiz above provides a map that can help guide you.  Just be sure to identify not just the elements of your health that may need some extra care, but also those that are thriving.  It’s those areas of strength that will be your tools to help improve the weak area.  Have a healthy and happy October!

Are you really great at maintaining wellness in one of these elements of health?  Please share it with us at the Guidance for Growing website: http://guidanceforgrowing.com!

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