How Safe Are You Ready To Be: Protectoral Wellness

At The Banyans, one of the models we are proud to use is the Integrated Wellness Approach of the National Wellness Institute co-founder Dr. Bill Hettler. As outlined in our previous blog post, the dimensions of wellness according to this model are physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, financial, protectoral, nutritional, occupational, financial, and social wellness. The focus of this blog post is on the dimension of protectoral wellness.

Protectoral wellness relates to our own personal safety. How safe are we at any given moment? Though it may not be obvious, safety hazards exist in every environment. These dangers can often go unnoticed until it is too late.

In many cases, simply shifting our attention to potential hazards can make us safer. This is because awareness impacts our behaviour. A person will easily step over an electrical cord in their walking path if they see it, but may trip and fall over it if they do not.

Protectoral wellness also relates to how proactive we are in preparing for potential dangerous situations. Recently, a disaster occurred in Fort McMurray, Canada. The entire population of approximately 90,000 people were evacuated with virtually no advance warning when a small fire careened out of control and took over entire areas of the city. By the first night of the evacuation order, most service stations had run out of petrol due to the increased demand. As a result, thousands of people were stranded on the highway when their cars ran out of petrol as they were trying to flee. Even something as seemingly small as keeping your car’s petrol tank filled can make a big difference in an emergency.

A key part of protectoral wellness is how aware you are during your daily life. Part of valuing and taking care of ourselves is making decisions that keep us safe. When we find ourselves affected by substance abuse or other addictions, it becomes apparent that we have low protectoral wellness, as we participate in activities that put the safety of ourselves and others at risk.

The Banyans is the ideal environment to foster your protectoral wellness. Our team includes senior psychologist Peter Hayton, who is well-versed in mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one’s attention to the present moment, thereby increasing awareness of surroundings. Mindfulness has been demonstrated to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. According to Harvard, it has also been combined with different forms of psychotherapy for the effective treatment of substance abuse. For our guests who desire to increase their physical ability to protect themselves, our team also includes a martial arts instructor who has years of experience in teaching self-defence.

Designed for integrated restoration, and with an expert team of addiction medicine specialists, therapists, health practitioners and wellness coaches, The Banyans Health and Wellness Residence is a place where body and soul prosper in an environment of rest, wellness, and inspired living.

Call us now on 1300 BANYAN (1300 226 926) or email welcome@thebanyans.com.au for a confidential discussion about how you or someone you care about can benefit from The Banyans.