Foundations of Wellness
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Life is crammed with busyness, screen time, and an abundance of shallow experiences. If you don’t mindfully change your way of thinking and behaving, that’s all your life will ever be.
Foundations of Wellness can help you live a satisfying life—one full of rich and deep experiences. You’ll understand your identity and inner strengths and resources as well as set and move toward meaningful personal goals.
With Foundations of Wellness, you will explore physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual realms of wellness using an evidence-based approach to health and wellness that will help you explore ways to live your life to the fullest. You will examine the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness to daily living, delve into wellness resources and dietary needs, discover health check strategies, and learn the keys to making healthy behavioral changes.
Foundations of Wellness is written in a conversational style and divided into three parts. Part I establishes basic wellness problems and introduces tools to discovering wellness and inner peace. Part II addresses physical dimensions of wellness, including physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and body maintenance. In part III you’ll discover the strategies that will propel you to a higher level of living—one that can affect not only your life but also the lives of others for generations to come.
Each chapter explores key concepts and topics that affect your wellness. The chapters begin with objectives and a vignette that illustrates a challenge related to the content and use stories to illustrate teaching points. The text also incorporates activity sidebars that empower you to make the behavioral changes that will lead to a more satisfying and meaningful life.
You will learn how to incorporate mindfulness—a practice that helps you live with greater awareness—and positive psychology as you embark on your wellness journey. In Foundations of Wellness, you will also learn the seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness practices and explore the spiritual truths that are at the core of wellness.
Undergraduate text for personal health and wellness courses.
Part I Challenges and Opportunities to Living Well
Chapter 1 Wellness Beyond Health
Health Care: Managing Crises
Defining Health Versus Wellness
Life’s Boundless Classroom
Chapter 2 Living the Attitudinal Foundations
Foundation for Mindfulness
Seven Attitudinal Foundations
Chapter 3 Using Mindfulness to Enhance the Experience of Life
Learning to Use Mindfulness
Objective Information to Demonstrate Effectiveness of Wellness Practices
Chapter 4 Changing Your Perspective With Your Thoughts
Lower- and Higher-Level Consciousness
Hierarchy of Needs
Chapter 5 Social Capital, Connections, and Support
Community and Social Capital
Wellness Benefits of Social Connections
Using Acceptance to Make Connections
Part II Physical Dimensions of Wellness
Chapter 6 Stepping Into Physical Activity
Physical Activity and Exercise
Benefits of Physical Activity
Getting Started With Regular Physical Activity
Chapter 7 Nutrition
Optimal Wellness Food Plan
Major Food Groups
Nutrients to Avoid
Savvy Food Shopping
Making a Wellness Eating Plan Work for You
Chapter 8 Sleep Balance
Methods to Attain Sound Sleep
Chapter 9 Health Care Advice to Live Well
Young Adults and Medical Care
Guide to the Medical Appointment
Complementary Alternative or Integrative Medicine (CAM)
Part III Strategies for a Higher Level of Living
Chapter 10 Understanding Addictions
Spectrum of Addictions
Fine Line between Passions and Addictions
Mechanism for Addictions
Chapter 11 Sustaining Environmental Health
Protecting Ourselves, Assaulting the Planet
Life Cycle Analysis
Chapter 12 Spiritual Foundation
Spirituality and Religion
Processes of Change
Love and Fear
Learning to Accept Life
Traditions of Mindfulness
Methods to attain sound sleep
Reaching out can immensely enhance your reality
Test package. The text includes a bank of 543 questions in true or false, multiple choice, or essay format for each chapter.