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At A Strong Life, we believe that Social Wellness is coping happily with life and enjoying satisfying relationships.
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At A Strong Life, we believe that Environmental Wellness is occupying a pleasant, stimulating setting that supports well-being.
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At A Strong Life, we believe that Intellectual Wellness is recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to broaden knowledge and skills.
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At A Strong Life, we believe that Occupational Wellness is personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work.
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At A Strong Life, we believe that Physical Wellness is implementing optimal physical activity, sleep and nutrition.
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At A Strong Life, we believe Social Wellness is a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system.
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At A Strong Life, we believe that Spiritual Wellness is expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life.
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Our Approach to Wellness
HOW DOES A STRONG LIFE INSPIRE YOU?
UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONAL WELLNESS
Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and adapt to the difficulties life can bring. The capacity to recognize and share sentiments of anger, fear, sadness or stress, hope, love, joy and bliss in a productive way adds to our Emotional Wellness.
Being emotionally well is more than simply handling stress. It includes being mindful to your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, whether positive or negative. Emotional Wellness infers the ability to know and acknowledge our emotions instead of denying them, have an idealistic way to deal with life, and appreciate life despite its periodic disappointments.
Emotional Wellness follows these guidelines:
- Arrive at personal choices and decisions based upon the synthesis of feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior.
- Live and work independently while realizing the importance of seeking and appreciating the support and assistance of others.
- Form interdependent relationships with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment, trust and respect.
- Take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy.
- Manage your life in personally rewarding ways, and taking responsibility for your actions.
- Maintains routine check-ups with their health practitioners
ARE YOU ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS OF EMOTIONAL WELLNESS?
The path to emotional wellness may involve:
- Awareness of thoughts and feelings
- Using a positive attitude
- Seeking support and expressing emotions in a suitable manner
- Setting priorities
- Accepting mistakes and learning from them
The path may also involve seeking out support from a mental health professional when needed and gathering information in order to make informed value decisions.
UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL WELLNESS
Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop values and create actions in order to understand the meaning of life is what contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.
Spiritual Wellness is an individual matter that involves one’s own values and convictions that provide a purpose in our lives. While people have diverse perspectives of what spiritualism is, it is for the most part, thought to be the search for meaning and purpose in our existence, driving us to seek a state of harmony with ourselves as well as others, all the while attempting to balance our internal needs with the rest of the world.
The National Wellness Institute says Spiritual Wellness follows these guidelines:
- It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant.
- It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.
THE PATH TO SPIRITUAL WELLNESS
It is critical for everyone to explore what they believe is their own sense of meaning and purpose. The path to spiritual wellness may involve meditation, prayer, affirmations, or specific spiritual practices that support your connection to a higher power or belief system. Yoga and meditation can also help you develop spiritual wellness.
Having compassion, the capacity for love and forgiveness, altruism, joy, and fulfillment help you enjoy your spiritual health. Your religious faith, values, beliefs, principles, and morals define your spirituality.
If you are a person engaged in the process of spiritual wellness, you are willing and able to transcend yourself in order to question the meaning and purpose in your life and the lives of others. In addition, you seek to find harmony between that which lies within and the social and physical forces that come from outside.
ARE YOU ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS OF SPIRITUAL WELLNESS?
- Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
- Do I make time for meditation and/or prayer?
- Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
- Am I accepting of the views of others?
If you answered “No” to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your Spiritual Wellness.
UNDERSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS
Environmental Wellness is the ability to perceive our own particular obligation regarding the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The capacity to have a constructive outcome on the nature of our environment, be it our homes, our community or our planet adds to our Environmental Wellness.
Our environment and how we treat it can have a huge impact on the way we feel overall. Environmental well-being includes trying to live in harmony with the Earth by understanding the impact of your interaction with nature and your personal environment, and taking action to protect the world around you. Protecting yourself from environmental hazards and minimizing the negative impact of your behavior on the environment are so critical.
Leading a lifestyle that is respectful to our environment and minimizes any harm done to it is also a necessary component of Environmental Wellness. Examples of environmental threats include air pollution, ultraviolet radiation in the sunlight, chemicals, noise, water pollution, and second-hand smoke.
THE PATH TO ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS
Environmental wellness involves a number of different aspects of personal and societal responsibilities, including:
- Being aware of the earth’s natural resources and their respective limits
- Living a life accountable to environmental needs, both in the present and in the long-term
- Realizing the effects of their daily habits on the world and ourselves
ARE YOU ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS?
- Am I able to maintain a balance of work, family, friends, and other obligations?
- Do I have ways to reduce stress in my life?
- Am I able to make decisions with a minimum of stress and worry?
- Am I able to set priorities?
If you answered “No” to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your Emotional Wellness.
UNDERSTANDING PHYSICAL WELLNESS
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 check ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.
A physically well person:
- Regularly chooses healthy food options, and eats a well-balanced meal, including lean protein, whole grains, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables
- Does not follow strict fad diets, where whole food groups are eliminated
- Gets regular exercise, to include both cardiovascular and strength training
- Integrates supplementation to fill in the nutritional gaps regularly found in today’s food
- Maintains routine check-ups with their health practitioners
THE PATH TO PHYSICAL WELLNESS
Physical Wellness involves aspects of life that are necessary to keep yourself in top condition. Optimal physical wellness is developed through the combination of beneficial physical activity/exercise and healthy eating habits. Elemental components of physical wellness include building muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular strength and endurance and flexibility.
Physical wellness is also concerned with developing personal responsibility for your own health care, such as caring for minor illnesses and knowing when professional medical attention is needed. Developing physical wellness empowers you to be able to monitor your own vital signs and understand your body’s warning signs. You’ll understand and appreciate the relationship between sound nutrition and how your body performs. The physical benefits of looking good and feeling terrific most often lead to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction.
ARE YOU ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS OF PHYSICAL WELLNESS?
- Do I know important health numbers, like my cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels?
- Do I get annual physical exams?
- Do I avoid using tobacco products?
- Do I get sufficient amount of sleep?
- Do I have an established exercise routine?
If you answered “No” to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your Physical Wellness.
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.
It is also the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time, addressing workplace stress and building relationships with co-workers. It focuses on our search for a calling and involves exploring various career options and finding where you fit.
Because what we do for a living encompasses so much of our time, it’s important for our overall well-being to do what we love and love what we do. When people are doing what they were meant to do, they deepen their sense of meaning and purpose.
THE PATH TO OCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS
The Occupational Wellness element recognizes the need for personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work. At the center of Occupational Wellness is the premise that occupational development is related to one’s attitude about one’s work. Traveling a path toward your Occupational Wellness, you’ll contribute your unique gifts, skills and talents to your work that are both personally meaningful and rewarding. You’ll convey your values through your involvement in activities that are gratifying for you. The choice of profession, job satisfaction, career ambitions, and personal performance are all important components of your path’s terrain.
ARE YOU ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS OF OCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS?
- Do I enjoy going to work most days?
- Do I have a manageable workload at work?
- Do I feel that I can talk to my boss and co-workers with problems that arise?
If you answered “No” to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your Occupational Wellness.
INTELLECTUALLY WELL PERSON
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.
Intellectual Wellness is engaging in creative and stimulating mental activities to expand our knowledge and skills and help us discover the potential for sharing our gifts with others.
An intellectually well person:
- Cherishes mental growth and stimulation
- Is involved in intellectual and cultural activities
- Is engaged in the exploration of new ideas and understandings
THE PATH TO INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS
This path allows you to explore issues related to problem solving, creativity, and learning as well as spending more time pursuing personal interests, including reading books, magazines, and newspapers, while keeping abreast of current issues and ideas. As you develop your intellectual curiosity, you’ll actively strive to expand and challenge your mind with creative endeavors. Intellectually well people are also curious and interested in the communities as well as the world around them.
ARE YOU ENGAGED IN THE PROCESS OF INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS?
- Am I open to new ideas?
- Do I seek personal growth by learning new skills?
- Do I search for lifelong learning opportunities and stimulating mental activities?
- Do I look for ways to use creativity?
If you answered “No” to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your Intellectual Wellness.
We are Brian and Melinda Lopp, founders of A Strong Life (ASL). We have had a passion for health and wellness for over 16 years, and have realized through life’s lessons, that health and wellness is really about balance in one’s life. It is the integration of mental, physical and spiritual well-being – literally, a mind, body and soul connection – that most don’t value. We at ASL believe that an individual must address the various elements within each of these 3 components in order to achieve true balance in life. Acknowledging this on a personal level over the last 8 years has led us to want to share with others all that we have learned and experienced… it was only a matter of time before A Strong Life took root and gave us a greater purpose.
Brian Lopp is a former NASM Certified Personal Trainer, former ACE Clinical Exercise Specialist and former owner of FitnessRx in Danbury CT. Presently, Brian is a Certified Nutritional Consultant through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants and Certified Personal Life Coach through Fowler International Academy.
Because of Brian’s vast knowledge of biomechanics and post-rehabilitative work, he was highly recommended by various physical therapy departments in the area for phase 2 & 3 outpatient rehabilitation. His extensive background proved beneficial for his own needs, when in 2007, Brian had a motorcycle accident which left him in the SICU for over a month. Suffering a traumatic brain injury and extensive damage to major organs and bones, Brian had a long road to recovery ahead, and utilized his knowledge of post-rehab work, along with sound nutrition, to heal his body.
A non-believer in pain medication, Brian recovered using natural alternatives. This had a profound impact on his desire to help others achieve their goals, no matter what their circumstances – hence the desire to become a Life Coach. Brian uses his knowledgeable background and credentials to bring a holistic approach to help others heal themselves. Contact us for more information.
Having worked for over 20 years in corporate America, Melinda faced a road to recovery of her own. In 2008, six months after Brian’s motorcycle accident, Melinda suffered a panic attack. Turning into a full-fledged panic disorder, with several attacks a day, as well as suffering from severe anxiety, depression, with a diagnosis of PTSD, doctors turned to pharmaceuticals to treat her.
With Brian’s urging, and a mutual dislike for pharmaceuticals, Melinda explored treatment with whole foods, sound supplementation, and regular exercise. Seeing such rapid improvement, Melinda was able to stop taking most medications and continued with a more holistic approach, adding guided meditation, EFT work, and neurofeedback. She now utilizes a variety of natural alternatives and is off all medications.
Melinda left the corporate world behind in 2012 to focus on their 3 children and growing wellness center, where she shares her passion of natural alternatives to those in need. Currently she is pursuing her Holistic Health Practitioner Board Certification through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, focusing on Dietary Wellness, Healing with Whole Foods, Natural Therapies, Herbal Therapies and Subtle Energy Therapies. Contact us for more information.