Getting Intentional: 10-week summary…
For the last ten weeks at Intentional Health, we have hosted an online program that helps people to understand themselves and their lives. We help people to live the best life they can and encourage them to understand a balanced diet and a better understanding of food.
We look at goals and rewards and even touch on exercise. The course isn’t a diet and weight loss program but more of an educational journey to learn how to bring loads of elements together to live a more fulfilled balanced wholesome life.
For the past ten weeks, one of our course attendees Sophia has been kind enough to blog about her experience whilst on the course and share her experiences with the rest of the Intentional Health family on our website.
You can read her last installment below that wraps up her thoughts on the whole program. With further links at the bottom of this page to all of her previous weekly posts if you missed any. For the final time, we now get to read Sophia’s thoughts.
Getting Intentional: Summary of my journey
This morning I felt a little pang of emptiness. You see, every Tuesday morning for the last ten weeks I’ve made a little cafetière of coffee, opened my laptop, and logged onto Zoom to join in with an Intentional Health course online, but last week we finished the course. I’ve loved meeting with the other attendees, learning about different components of holistic health through a variety of interactive ways, before going into a little more depth in breakout rooms to work out how we can put the ideas into practice. Before I started the course, I was a little skeptical about how you could create a safe, engaging community without actually meeting in the flesh, but I’m delighted to say our course leaders managed it!
I found out about the course through my friend, who actually set up the course a few years ago! Over the last couple of years, I’ve been increasingly interested in health, especially how physical, mental, and emotional health all interact with each other, so this course seemed perfect. Its premise is to equip attendees to make intentional, informed choices about different aspects of health, so that they can live a fuller, healthier life. The course is led by Christians, so spiritual health (from a Christian perspective) is also explored, though the course is in no way exclusive to Christians, and all are welcome and encouraged to join (I unpack this a little more in my blog posts on Week 1 and Week 8b, if that helps).
Once I’d started the course, my aforementioned friend asked if I’d be up for writing a series of blogs on the course, with a post reviewing each session. So here you will find links to each of those blog posts, perhaps to help you understand the course content better, perhaps to whet your appetite for an Intentional Health course, or perhaps even to help you decide that this isn’t the course for you!
In brief, I have loved doing the course. I was already familiar with a lot of the teaching prior to taking part, but I also learned a lot along the way too! I guess the best way to measure how effective such a course has been in your life is by seeing the changes that it has resulted in. So, for me, some examples since starting the course:
- I am more mindful about factoring in non-dairy protein when meal planning
- I find myself checking food labels at the supermarket for certain products
- I am working on breaking my habit of always reaching for my mobile phone when I’m bored
- When I want to achieve a goal I start by setting myself small targets that are almost impossible to fail at
- I am aware of the recommended exercise guidelines and am intentional about factoring more vigorous exercise into my week
- I feel empowered to set boundaries in my life
- I can identify unhealthy thought patterns when they emerge and instead, speak to myself with more compassion.
I regularly find myself sharing what I’ve learnt and saying to friends, ‘On the Intentional Health course we…’! Maybe this is a sign that I’m a bit boring and need new topics of conversation, but I think it’s also a sign that doing the course has had a real impact on me! In our final session, our course leader pointed out that the 20 hours that we’ve spent in sessions amount to around 1% of our time over the last ten weeks. I can certainly say that 1% of the time I invested in the course has made a disproportionate difference in my life for the better!
If you are at all interested in learning more about an Intentional Health course, please have a read of my review blog posts below. And if you would like to join up for a course, please click here.
Week 1: Health and Wellbeing Balance
Week 2: A Balanced Diet
Week 4: Goals and Rewards
Week 5: Physical Activity
Week 6: Healthy Habits and Triggers
Week 7: Thoughts and Feelings
Week 8b: Spiritual Health and Wellbeing
Week 9: A Balanced Life
Week 10: Celebration and Next Steps
At Intentional Health we want to take the time to thank Sophia for all of her weekly updates on her blog. If you would like to read more from Sophia you can find her writing on her own blog Time for Tea here. If you would like to join the next online course and start changing your life and become more intentional about living the best life you can you can sign up for our next program here. Remember it’s just 1% of your time over ten weeks. For not much of your time, you can really learn to live the best life you can.