The Four Legs of the Chair
Based on the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model, the "Four Legs of the Chair"recognizes the importance of whole person care. It looks at and addresses the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors of an individual's "wellness" and takes into account a client's physical or medical condition; emotional or psychological state; spiritual needs and concerns; as well as the social support system.
Spiritual: Having a strong spiritual outlook, a strong sense of what you care about and what gives you purpose and meaning in life, may help you find meaning in life’s difficult circumstances. And likewise having a strong spirit may help you endure those circumstances. We at Lyme and Mold Coach have a strong belief in God and in the saving work of Jesus Christ, His Son. While this is extremely important to us and will always be the starting point from which we share our experiences, you do not have to be a Christian to gain help and insight from us. Should you be interested in more of our story than what we share below please feel free to ask. If this portion of our coaching service is not right for you, just say so during our initial "Introductory/Getting to Know You" session. We will always respect and honor your beliefs.
Having strong relationships has been proven to increase health and happiness. It can also prolong life expectancy. While we will delve more into the importance of relationships with others in the social aspect, we truly believe that having a relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing you can do spiritually. One thing that most long term chronic illness warriors know is that people come and people go - often as a result of not being up to the challenges of keeping a long term relationship with the chronically ill person. But, we believe that God means what he says in Matthew 28:20 and in Deuteronomy 31:6 and Psalm 139:8 that He will never leave us or forsake us and that He is always with us. No matter what the circumstances, Jesus is our friend who sticks closer than a brother. Through the Holy Spirit, who was sent after Christ's death and subsequent resurrection to Heaven, we have comfort. We at Lyme and Mold Coach have found that having an eternal perspective that this life is not just about us, but is about serving God and letting Him use us for those who we can help through our own life struggles. It is about having a purpose in life, beyond trying to get better, to comfort others with the same comfort we have received. It is about having hope and sharing that hope with others.
If you would like to know more, please feel free to send us a message. We would be glad to spend time with you explaining the joy and hope we have found in knowing and having a relationship with Jesus - all at no cost to you except for your time.
Psychological: Psychology can be a very complicated subject, but mainly it looks at the person as a whole system or a interconnecting network of thoughts, behaviors, emotions, ideas and beliefs and encompasses the impact of the brain's physical health upon these things.
While chronic illness can have it's psychological affects, we also have learned through more recent studies on epigenetics that mental health and well-being has a huge impact upon the body. "Epigenetics is the study, in the field of genetics, of cellular and physiological phenotypic trait variations that are caused by external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off and affect how cells read genes..." In other words, environmental stressors - whether they are psychological or physical - are thought to cause changes in how the body's cells express themselves. There is a saying that, "genetics loads the gun, but environment pulls the trigger". It is one of our goals to help you think of instances in your life where your environment may be doing you more harm than good, and to guide you in stress reduction. We also include information about the importance and impact of your thought life.
Physical/Biological: Again, environmental stressors can have a huge affect on physical well-being and that includes diet, exercise, brain health practices, and other routines (or lack thereof) that impact a person physically. Physical health can be impacted by any of the other three legs of the chair, and likewise any of those can affect physical health, so looking at the person in a holistic way is imperative as we seek to address wellness.
Many of those with chronic illness tend to put a massive emphasis on this area, often because it's the arena in which they are battling the most, yet our perspective is that having an overemphasis to get well in the physical can be more damaging rather than helpful. It is our desire to help you think through this area of your life and to develop tools and insight that will serve you well.
Social: It is said that "no man is an island". We at Lyme and Mold Coach believe that God created us to be social beings. We need to have relationship with Him and with one another. Building a support system is vitally important but often does not develop the way we wish it would. No relationship or support system is perfect, yet we cannot neglect putting the effort into developing one.
Developing an effective support system includes having a list of resources; social supports - including online and in person support groups; willing caregivers; financial and spiritual support; and other important people around you - such as your medical team. We would love to help you walk through this process should you need some assistance in brainstorming ideas - and we would love to be a part of your support system as well!
Proverbs 13:12 says that hope delayed is what makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is what is like a tree full of life. It is our desire to bring hope so that you can experience a better life. If you are ready to make the journey please contact us using the "more" button in the tool bar and then clicking on "contact" in the drop-down menu, or click here.