Holistic Health And Self Care Sunday – March 25, 2018

Self Care Self Love

Self Care looks a little different for me this weekend that most weekends. Usually I move my body on weekends and do food prep for the week. This weekend I am truly slowing down to take care of my physical body.

I stepped in a pot hole on Tuesday night. I rolled my right foot over onto the side and sprain my Ankle. I knew immediately I injured it. I iced and elevated it as soon as I got home. Luckily, the snow storm gave me a day off and I also took off Thursday to at least rest it for the first 48 hours.

While I was home resting on Thursday, I started sneezing. I must have sneezed over 30 times over the course of the day. I knew a head cold was coming too. My head cold started on Thursday afternoon. It’s pretty much gone by Sunday afternoon. That suggests my Immune System is pretty strong and I took good care of myself appropriately when the cold started. The worst of it is over. Here’s what I did as soon the I felt the head cold coming on:

  • Ear drops: Equal parts 70% Rubbing Alcohol and White table vinegar. Three drops each ear twice a day. The ENT gave me this recipe 🙂 See photo at bottom.
  • OTC: Mucinex and Tylenol. I only took one Decongestant
  • Gargle: With warm salt water
  • Saline Rinse: Rinse my nose out with Saline from CVS
  • Take my usual vitamins: Multi-vitamin, Vitamin D & E, Magnesium at bedtime. I also added Coconut Walter for Potassium
  • Green Juice: I drink 16oz of Green Juice each day: Kale, Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Parsley, Celery and Cucumber. I sometimes I blend it at home. This week I bought at a local produce store that makes it for only $4.00 a bottle.
  • Omega 3s: I drink Hemp Milk and took Salmon Oil pills for a couple of days
  • Rest and sleep: I left work on Friday at noon. I came home and stayed in bed until Saturday.

Holistic Ear Drops

As for my Ankle, I ended up going to Urgent Care yesterday because it’s looks pretty bad. I didn’t think it was broken but wanted to be sure so I didn’t continue to do more damage. The X-ray showed I have a contusion of the soft tissue around the 5th Metatarsals. I’ve been doing everything right. He didn’t give me any drugs. He told me to stay off of it as much as possible for the next few days. It could take five to ten additional days to heal depending upon how much I am on it. It’s making me walk weird which is bothering the rest of my leg and my hip. I have been resting it. I will still go to work tomorrow. I will wear comfy shoes and won’t be walking my normal 10K steps. The doctor told me I did everything right so far. Again, good self care prevented my injury from being worse than just a contusion.

Sprained Ankle Meme

Sometimes my self care is pretty and is about pampering at a spa. Other times my self care is about moving my body in yoga and walking 10K steps a day or other times my self care is about mediating and slowing my mind down. This week self care has been about actually taking care of physical body to ensure a quick and full recovery from illness and injury.

Before attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and becoming a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I really didn’t know how to take care of myself. A year ago I would have pushed through both the cold and the injury and would have made both worse. What a difference a year has made.

IIN Primary Foods

Making the decision to attend to IIN was the best decision I made a very a long time in my life. The last year hasn’t been easy. Going to school while working full time, starting a new job, juggling various other aspects of life hasn’t been easy. I’ve been over my head at times but I hung in there. On Friday I learned that I have already accumulated the minimum graduation requirements. I still have one test, two Coaching Circles and four weeks of lectures to go until graduation but even I I missed all of them, I will still graduate. It really takes the pressure off and I am looking forward to slowing down and entering the next phase of life.

So, what’s next after I am done school? Well, I am looking forward to enjoying this summer. I am looking forward to having a social life again. While part of me is very interested in continuing my education with another class, that needs to go on hold for a while. First, it’s expensive. Second, I need to slow down a bit and enjoy life without any pressure other than my full time job for a while.

Work will also require more of my focused attention this summer as the Implementation phase of my Outreach plan will start in the May/June timeframe. Therefore, I will be traveling to DC more as well as visiting a few colleges through the rest of year. I am looking forward to that. If you need help developing an Outreach Plan, I can help. Here’s the basic flow.

Outreach Plan Flow

As for my Health Coaching business, I plan to step back and really think how I want to position it and what I hope to achieve. My classmates are very focused on getting clients and making money. I sometimes get caught up in my that. Being stuck at home with just myself most of this week, I’ve had time to think stuff over. I am seeing things differently. With having a decent full time job and income, I am not pressured to take a lot of clients. I can be selective. I can also offer services at discount rates, even pro-bono to those folks who really need it. I also plan to volunteer my services at the local Rescue Mission after I have my official Graduation Certificate.

I need to do some business planning and think over my business model a bit. During the next few months, I will be working on building a website and branding. I know I want my website to be free resource for people to access important guidance about how to care for their holistic health. I also know I want my Health Coaching business to be a platform to affect change about how people approach self care. I have the knowledge, skills and ability to design and build my own website. I am going to do that this summer as my hobby 🙂 Come on, Y’all know I can’t just sit in a beach chair all summer only working on a tan. Lol 🙂 This photo was taken at sunset on the beach out front of my apartment 🙂

Atlantic City, NJ Sunset

How are you taking care of yourself? What does your body, mind or soul need from you today?

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I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I help clients find strategies to achieve a balance of body, mind and spirit so they can find their highest good in all aspects of their life.

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Self Care Sunday Post – Holistic Wellness

Self Care Sunday

How did you take care of your mind, body and spirit this weekend? I socialized with close friends Friday night. I walked three miles in the sunshine yesterday and today. I actually relaxed and watched TV last night too. Since I am in still in school, I had to do some homework but I did get to sleep in both days. This time of my life is a balance between self care, school and work.

I am also balancing between building my personal health coaching business and my new full time job. I spent some time this weekend strategizing for both areas. My thoughts today fall into a few different categories:

Full Time Job vs Health Coaching Quandary:

As I get closer to graduation, I am starting to think about what my Health Coaching business, Highest Good Holistic Health Coaching, LLC, looks like and what Intention I hold for it.

Intention

The reality is I have a full time job. I do not plan to quit my full time job until I am eligible to retire in 2028. It’s important that I maintain absolute professionalism and complete separation between what I do full time and my coaching business. It is also prudent for me to keep my social media accounts and website fairly clean to protect my image as my full time job is somewhat high profile. On the other hand, to build a thriving health coaching business, I need to put myself out there on social media. Do you see the quandary I am in?

After thinking about it, I’ve decided protecting my full time career takes priority over building my health coaching business on social media. I’ve accepted that most of my clients will probably come to me by word of mouth or referrals. I do have links to schedule appointments with me on this site but it will be hard to grow the business without me really putting myself out there on social media. I finally accepted that is ok.

Website Dilemmas:

Dilemma I have a couple of challenges with this site. First, I transitioned my blog to be my business site temporarily. The domain name is mapped over my WordPress Blog name. My blog has poetry and art that is a bit suggestive and is considered erotica. WordPress considers that for adult eyes only. Therefore, WordPress will not let the blog be on its home page which is now hurting my stats. It will also prevent my health coaching posts from being seen by other WordPress users.

I have a few options. I can transition off of the WordPress platform altogether. I can split the business site from the blog. I can stop worrying about stats and page views and just write.

I haven’t determined what to do as of yet. I think I may hire a website consultant for professional advice. I would prefer keeping the blog, poetry and business all together on one site. Having them all together demonstrates that I consider writing and art part of my holistic wellness. That’s authentic to who I am and honors the true spirit of my business. It also demonstrates that writing and painting, even if they are artistic and suggestive in nature, actually serve my highest good by feeding my soul and nurturing my spirit.

The way I see it is the business could be the main site with the blog being a page on the site. The blog would have it’s subscription list and URL just as it does right now. I can’t do that with my current site. I would need professional help in making that transition. I could probably figure it out but honestly I don’t want to use a whole weekend doing that for myself. I actually do not have the time to do that right now. Maybe I will have time after I graduate. For now, it’s fine the way it is. I am thinking more about the future. Since my intention is to keep the business lower profile, perhaps the way it is is good. I am looking for professional feedback. If any experts read this and have advice, please feel free to contact me.

Better Put Three Rings On It:

Binder Meme

I am standing up a new program at work. I feel like I have papers and folders all over my desk. It is making me a little crazy. I am VERY organized and seeing paper all over the place is causing me some anxiety. Lol ☺️ I use a planner at work and I love it. When I went to a meeting the other day, I had to bring the planner and like five folders with me to talk about my program. After strategizing it a bit this weekend, I am going to put together a three ring binder for my program. I will keep stuff like the Charter, Implementation Plan, Action Item list, Schools by State and other things I need as reference on a regular basis in the binder. I can take that binder to meetings with me and have everything at my fingertips.

How did you take care of yourself this weekend?

I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who provides guidance on Holistic Wellness approaches. Health is about more than just the food on your plate. If you would like more information about Holistic Health Coaching, please email me at Linda@highestgoodcoach.com

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