Wellness Assessment Reflection

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I recently completed the Wellness Index (Travis & Ryan, 2004), a self-assessment that includes areas such as self-responsibility and love, eating, breathing, and thinking among others and must admit I discovered aspects of wellness in which I could improve. The whole idea of wellness and self-care seemed a little trendy for me but I soon overcame my reluctance, becoming more intrigued as I delved into the statements, bonus questions, and sentence completions. In the past, as both a teacher and counselor I have been competent at identifying what others needed and at helping them through issues that were troublesome in their lives, but as far as looking into possible adjustments for myself, I thought this completely unnecessary, either that …show more content…
I am quite aware of the imbalance between the time at work and the time I spend in leisure or play. For that matter, I had a bit of an aversive reaction to the word “play.” It sounded juvenile to me, so did this mean I can’t appreciate play or down time? I hope not and must mention as an aside that administrators at my school have used the term “play on” as a launch for teachers at staff meetings! This may be part of the reason for my reaction, so I think I’ll stick with calling this concept leisure since that resonates as something I would prefer to engage in as an adult when my work is …show more content…
I do not go to church nor do I practice any organized religion. Being a little different than the norm compels me to wonder if I am missing something although I have attended churches in our small town, and quite frankly, I really don’t think I am. Some statements in this part of the survey seemed a bit strange and obtuse, such as, “I experience synchronistic events in my life (frequent “coincidences” that seem to have no cause-and-effect relationship)” (Travis & Ryan, 2004). This hints at magical thinking and as a teacher, I do battle with misinformation that my students often use to guide their actions, such as thinking they won’t get injured in an automobile accident if they are drunk, a dangerous notion to be sure. While I agree that coincidences occur, I prefer to leave it at that and to me, running into a friend just when I was thinking about that friend is merely happenstance. It’s enjoyable when these things happen, but the flip and darker side is the belief that people are hurt or become ill due to something they thought or did not

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