I talk a lot about wellness in my practice…thus the name Kortney Patriquin, Nutrition and Wellness. Although nutrition and dietetics are my backgrounds and my passion, over the past 4 years working with clients, I’ve begun to understand the importance of wellness when it comes to one’s health. For me, it’s not just about the numbers in your lab work, the number on the scale or the change in your body compassion, for me, it’s about you and how you feel. It’s about your well-being, your happiness throughout the process, your sleep, your energy levels, the joy you feel in your daily life along with your interactions with friends and family. This is my client centered, holistic approach to your health and wellness.
People often get confused by this and are a little taken back when I shy away from the numbers and technical data and really focus on just you and how you feel. What people haven’t been taught is your wellness is key to your health as without wellness you cannot maintain health. When you support wellness through nutrition and vice versa, we are one step closer to achieving your optimal health.
So, I want to talk a little more about wellness because it’s so much more than merely physical health, exercise and nutrition. It’s the full integration of physical, mental and spiritual well-being as well. This includes social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness as a whole. Each one of these seven dimensions interact in a way that contributes to our own physical and emotional quality of life and is essential to our well-being and health.
Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends, and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.
- Tip: Foster your more meaningful relationship. Go for a walk, enjoy a dinner, leave your phones at home.
Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy, and happiness in a productive manner contribute to our Emotional Wellness.
- Tip: Gain perspective of a difficult situation, develop a routine and seek support! (professional or a friend with great listening ears)
Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop congruency between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds creation together contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.
- Tip: Meditation, yoga, deep breathing for at least 5 minutes a day.
Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our Environmental Wellness.
- Tip: Connect with nature; play outside, walk in the park / woods, have a picnic, go camping.
Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in and to society as a whole leads to Occupational Wellness.
- Tip: Everyday, think about one thing you love about what you do. Surround yourself with a positive work space.
Intellectual Wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.
- Tip: Buy a new book, explore the history of your city, try something new.
Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine checkups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.
- Tip: Nourish your body with ½ plate of colorful vegetables daily, move & sweat daily, maintain a sleep cycle.
You may find I touch on each of these throughout our time together, I truly believe they are key to understanding your body and honing in what you as a person needs, remember, your optimal health will look different than someone else’s optimal health, and that is normal.
A lot of people ask what I do to maintain my health such as what I eat (or more commonly what I don’t eat) and what I do for physical activity.
(Hint: the only foods I don’t eat are the foods I don’t like)
Here’s snippet into my life and selfcare routine.
Social Wellness: I visit my parents and brother at least once weekly and enjoy a homemade meal together. I make time for friends and family on weekends and throughout the week and know those relationships are a two-way street.
Emotional Wellness: There has been a lot of change recently! From leaving my job, moving home and starting a business… it has brought a lot of different emotions, both good and bad. I cry, I laugh, I joke, I watch sad movies, I go the gym, I do a yoga class and I read enlightening books. Sometimes, I just drink a glass of wine and it does wonders!
Spiritual Wellness: yoga, yoga, yoga! (and time devoted just to me)
Environmental Wellness: okay, I’m not great at this but I trrrrrryyy to be as environmentally conscious as possible. I reduce, reuse and recycle, drive an eco car and waste as little food and water as possible along with getting as much fresh air as possible.
Occupational Wellness: Previously I worked a cozy 8-4 and never needed to take my work home with me. Owning my business changed that a little and I found myself working 8-7pm nightly, working on weekends always having my business on my mind. I LOVE what I do and I’m passionate about helping my clients, but I needed to set limits. I make time for minimum 1-hour movement daily, some days it’s 1 hour some days is 3.
Intellectual Wellness: I’ve spent far too much money in the past 3 months on books… business books, intuitive eating, consulting private practice, sports nutrition, cook books, emotional intelligence.
Physical Wellness: Lifting weights, yoga, running, balanced diet through intuitive eating and adequate sleep cycle.
What do you do to promote health and wellness in your life? Share your tips below!