Developing Wellness

What does it mean to have a holistic approach to wellness?

A holistic approach to health and wellness focuses on the sum of all the parts, helping one to flourish completely. The Greek word for holistic is holos, meaning “whole.”

Therefore, a holistic approach means to provide support that looks at the whole person, not just one aspect of health needs, but also taking into consideration the physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing - the "whole.” More than molecules and atoms we are organisms and systems. Therefore, a holistic approach focusses on overall wellness, not just an illness or a condition. The big picture, so to speak.  

According to the National Wellness Institute, there are actually six dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual. Honoring all six of these dimensions in daily living, builds a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment. The definition of wellness used by the National Wellness Institute as the active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward a more successful existence.

When beginning a holistic approach to living, become aware of how all of the dimensions interconnect, and how they contribute to overall wellness. Practicing a holistic lifestyle takes into account how a person contributes to their environment, community, the interconnectedness to work and play, the development of values and belief systems, the benefits of physical activity, healthy eating habits, self-care, self-esteem, confidence and so much more. Holistic wellness can be beneficial in every human endeavor.

Let's reflect deeper on the healthy eating habits and self-care aspect.

We are consumers. What we put in and on our bodies affects our overall wellness greatly. Developing an awareness of what is in our nutrition and skincare products is of utmost importance.  However, did you know that the Food and Drug Administration only bans 11 potentially harmful ingredients for use in foods and skin-care products? Scary.

The FDA is supposed to protect the public health and welfare. They are responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. If that is the case, why then does, the United States only ban 11, whereas the European Union bans over 1400. This my reason for becoming a part of a global company that takes it a step further by banning over 2,000 potentially harmful ingredients in their nutrition and skincare products.

Chemical food and skincare additive have a long history. (That will have to be another blog post on its own!) The use of food additives increased greatly during the Industrial Revolution. Can you imagine Gloucester cheese with red lead to sweets treated with copper arsenite? Arsenite is considered one of the factors in Napoleon’s death because it was used in the wallpaper in his house. Yes, definitely another blog on food and skincare additives!

Until then, start to investigate product labels of the foods and products that you put in and on your body.  Become aware that the whole person - mind, body, and skin, needs proper nourishment. Product labels can be deceiving since the FDA controls label requirements. You have to be your own wellness advocate.

It is with this holistic approach that I strive to help people flourish – mind, body and skin. It is my passion! If you are new to me, I hope you will come to see how deeply committed I am to helping you live a life well-balanced.

𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒚𝒐𝒖...𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝑰 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈?


Get Brave & Just Ask!

If you or someone you know is currently displaced from your regular income producing job because of this global crisis, consider letting me introduce you to what I have been doing for the past two years and what I have been able to continue doing through my leave of abensce from my full-time teaching position at school, and through my ovarian cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy treatments. This is allowing me to continue making an income while still "social distancing".

Listen, this may or not be a fit for you. But, I had to get brave and just ask!

Someone may just be looking for another way to bring an income in! Know any bartenders that have been displaced due to the current situation we are all facing? Waitresses, Fitness instructors? Hair stylists and nail salon techs? College age students with student loans? Realtors?

I am so grateful to the person that first shared this business with me. But, I was struggling with the idea of blogging about my opportunity for fear that my message may come across as being insensitive to what's going on. Then my friend Maria told me to be the "light at the end of the tunnel for those around you, YOU just may have what someone else is looking for".

So, just maybe, I can be someone's light, or an option, or an answer to someone's prayer for help. I do no one any good keeping what I am doing quite. The consequences of my silence could impact thousands of people over my lifetime. The same goes for the consequences of me sharing my opportunity - I could IMPACT thousands for better, and THAT's what I WANT to do!

Despite our quarantined status, my home-based business is considered essential and is operating at full steam ahead. In addition to being a science teacher (on medical leave with no paycheck coming in), and a studio owner (whic is CLOSED due to COVID-19 with no income coming in), I also own a home-based health & wellness business, which currently is my only source of income!

I may be completely off base here, but I'm just curious...do you keep your options open when it comes to making money? Would you be at all open to a side project if it didn't interfere with what you are currently doing? Or do you know anyone that would like to make some extra money part-time if we showed them exactly how to do it?

No biggie if you are not interested...that's totally cool. I just felt compelled to throw it out there. I just may be the answer to someone's prayer.

Text or call me (908-403-0622) or email me (gallerybarrenj@gmail.com) if you'd like to learn more.

Dream big. Believe big. Pray big...and go with the flo!



In the meantime...

This too shall pass!

💪 Hang in there & stay tuned as I am working on some ways to share with you things that you can do to keep fit during this uncertain time.
Now more than ever, it is important to keep on moving!😉

Because of the bone pain in my legs from my chemotherapy treatmenst, I'll be sharing some workouts from Body Groove instead of doing my own. Hoping to bring Body Groove to Gallery Barre come summer! Also, my Beyond Barre buddy, owner of BeyondBarre Randolph, has allowed me to share her workout posts as well! Thank you Colleen!

🎶So, turn on some music, use your kitchen counter or the back of a chair for your barre, canned goods for weights, a pair of pantyhose for a band & roll out your mat or blanket!

Move your body in some way, shape or form! Heck...just dance around the house!🤗

Post & tag me with your favorite way to keep fit during this period of social distancing!😉💕

Go with the flo~


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