The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) has been around since 1989, and is an impartial, non-profit resource for information about holistic (mind/body) wellness.
One of the first resources I discovered at AHHA, is the booklet Wellness from Within: The First Step. I found it to be a great place to start to learn about AHHA and its core values.
This booklet makes a crucial point: we all have the power of choice. I’ve seen people who seem to “have it all,” choose to be miserable, stuck in lives of boredom and apathy. I’ve met others who make the most of what little they have and face life with resilience, laughter and creativity. AHHA illustrates that using this power can be the difference between a mediocre life and one of optimal health and wellness.
The Wellness from Within booklet describes health and wellness from a the whole mind/body approach. AHHA points out that good health is not simply about curing diseases, but more about becoming “well” in every aspect: mind, body, and spirit.
I remember seeing my mother suffer from heart disease and diabetes during what should have been her “golden years.” Sure, she had physicians galore and she took medications meant to control her symptoms. Yet she continued on a path of failing health, because she lived with the belief that she had no control over her own body. It’s that age-old “old age” stereotype; one we need to disrupt with our own thoughts and actions.
The booklet describes how we can do that, simply by using a team approach. The team consists of all aspects of our self: physical, spiritual, emotional and mental. We empower ourselves by taking charge of our thoughts, actions, and choices that relate to all of our team members. These team members are interlinked in a vital way, and taking care of all of them can lead us to a more vital life journey.
AHHA describes things we can do to get to know our team, (discovering where the individual aspects may need help), then initiate changes that will benefit the team as a whole. The booklet also pointed out the importance of motivation and setting health/wellness goals.
The Wellness from Within booklet is written in an easy-to-read, commonsense style. I found it to be a very worthwhile resource for defining my own wellness goals and making some simple lifestyle changes that will help me reach them.
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