Sunday, May 26, 2013

Health Coaching Survey Results

As promised (albeit 6 months ago!), I decided to publish the results of my previously posted survey. Browse, comment, give feedback, suggestions. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Health and Lifestyle Survey

Hello there! Matt here from RealizeWellness.

I recently created a survey to learn a little more about peoples health and lifestyle habits as well as the perceived value of health coaching. I hope some readers will consider taking this survey, as it will likely affect the future direction of RealizeWellness.

Take the survey here:


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Contacting Reality: Again and again and...

This article is about mindfulness. But, before the ...


I'd like to suggest that mindfulness, meditation, and "contacting reality" are not solely for new age, hippy, liberal, progressives with underlying agendas to make us all eat falafel and hummus and read eastern philosophies.

Some of you already know this--and I personally like hummus--but that is not the point. Mindfulness is one of the most useful tools to guide us toward consistently recognizing reality of our bodies, minds, actions, and relationships in day-to-day life.

I love this drawing of Freud by MC Escher. In my
interpretation, Escher is making the statement that
Freud's capacity to accurately analyze others is
directly related to his capacity to accurately analyze
himself. His clients were merely crystal ball reflections
of himself.
Thus, this article is not about mindfulness as much as it is about contacting reality of our lives.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Realize Wellness: Unoriginal?

The content I've written in this blog, Integrative Wellness, is nothing new. Under Realize Wellness, I haven't written anything you haven't heard most -- if not, all -- of your life. However, is originality the point of a life well-lived?

Look at the messages I've written about wellness thus far:

  • Physical: Exercise, eat fruits and vegetables, get enough rest
  • Emotional: Learn your emotional responses, practice communicating them
  • Mental: Learn to take multiple perspectives, take a class, read a book, practice expressing different perspectives
  • Social: Connect with others, know your neighborhood, keep a budget
  • Spiritual: Do something that inspires you, meditate, pray, admire nature, etc.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Challenging Wellness: Not Just Warm Fuzzies

I've now heard it multiple times: "Wellness is over." It has been said: "It's too soft, too cuddly, too nice and warm and fuzzy." This perception is the result of stereotypes resulting from immature expressions of wellness. Today I think it's time to address this stereotype.

The Case for "The End of Wellness"

First, I agree with the content of the criticism of wellness. Many times, the wellness field presents itself as eternally happy, blissed-out, and all-loving. All that is needed is some disruption of this delusion to prove that it isn't the case. And so, "We've proved it wrong."

But not so fast ...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wellness Weekly Headlines - 18 October 2011

This will be my last weekly wellness headlines article. I recently accepted a Community Advocate Internship with FoundHealth. In regards to Realize Wellness, this means that I will not be writing headlines every week. I will scale back headlines to once a month, in the effort to return to providing original content on a weekly basis. I also plan to write two multi-article series on topics of Mindfulness and Integral Wellness, so be on the lookout for these articles.

With that said, on to the headlines!

1. Healthways, with the support of Gallup, published the national "Well-Being Index" for September. The report presents the greatest drop in access to basic needs. The full report, based on the the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, includes stats on life evaluation, emotional health, healthy behaviors, and work environment.

For more, see the September report from Gallup-Healthways - September 2011 Well-Being Index

2. On a similar note, the Center for Disease control published the final review of Healthy People 2010. Healthy People was a 10-year nationwide project to improve quality and quantity of life based on health statistics. The report evaluates the project's impact on over 25 areas of health.

For links to the full report or topic related sections see Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Healthy People 2010 Final Review

3. Fall's here, winter's around the corner, and soon will be the cold and flu season. It's time to think about boosting your immune system for optimal health and wellness. Luckily, Dr. Sacha Elliott presents some natural means to boost immunity.

For five immunity boosting tips see My Yoga Online - Season to Boost Your Immune Power

4. Some exciting changes are coming around the corner for health and wellness with social media. Limeade and Health Dialog just announced their partnership on a new program. The Wellness Dialog (TM) will include telephone, online, and onsite workplace support for employees to stay healthy.

For the full story see MarketWatch - Health Dialog Announces Next Generation Wellness Offering

5. I chose the final headline because I am currently taking a mindfulness training course, and I will likely write many of my upcoming blog posts on news, experiences, and research based on my own wellness practices. Elisha Goldstein dreams of a time when mindfulness is no longer a buzz word and the benefits of focused attention and being in the present moment is common knowledge.

For more check out PsychCentral - The Post Mindful Era: I have a Dream

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wellness Weekly Headlines - 10 October 2011

First an announcement. Realize Wellness now has a Fitocracy group. If you haven't heard of Fitocracy, you should check it out, it is the competitive social network for exercise. The first five people to tweet this article mentioning @realizewellness will get Fitocracy invites (if you, on the honor system, promise to join the Realize Wellness Fitocracy group). To sum it up, join Fitocracy, then I will invite you to join the Realize Wellness group.

Now onto the headlines. Occupy Wall Street has me thinking about economic, financial, and social wellness. The first three articles this week address topics of living well and society. We round off with a topics of workplace wellness and a celebration of World Mental Health Day.

1. Just what is living well in society or economic terms? Umair Haque, author of "The New Capitalist Manifesto," leads an inquiry to answer that question. Umair questions the fundamental assumptions that 1) we as a society know how to live well and 2) industrial output equals prosperity for a society.

For Umair's challenge to society, see Umair Haque, Eudaimonics. Redesigning Global Prosperity. - Do We Know What it Means to Live Well?

2. The illusion of scarcity. Is it necessary that we deem resources, finances, jobs, and overall economic wellness scarce? David Martin suggests that the scarcity approach is obsolete. In poetic fashion, he leaves us with an excerpt from a classic of antiquity. I wonder if David and Umair know each other. If you're reading this, have you guys met?

For the literary classic David chose, see Inverted Alchemy: An Integral Economy - Anyone Up for a Sweeter Song

3. Sentence #1 of the next article states: " It seems that adding the word 'social' to any category escalates its importance." I knew I was on to something in use of the term "social wellness." Brian Solis, as an introduction to his forthcoming book "The End of Business as Usual," makes the case for businesses to engage dynamically with their customers, to enhance their brand and ultimately financial wellness.

For the full story see @BrianSolis - We are the 5th P: People

4. " [M]any people tend to think of social media as a consumer marketing tool. But social networking is an excellent communication tool for internal customers, too." Which, in the context of workplace wellness provides the perfect context for socially-driven wellness programs.

See why companies are turning to social media for workplace wellness in Workforce - Companies Are Turning to Technology to Help Keep Workers Well

5. Today is (was) World Mental Health Day. In honor of this day, Joe Kraynak posts an article on "medication adherence" and why medication is "like Kryptonite to Superman" particularly for people with bi-polar disorder. In short, medications are not the most attractive route for some. Joe provides some tips for discussing medications if you know someone living with a mental illness.

For the full story see PsychCentral - Like Kryptonite to Superman: In Honor of World Mental Health Day