Holistic Approach to Wellness

Health and Wellness

Ideals are great. They give us goals to move toward. But ideals can also make us feel like we are not doing anything right or that we just can’t seem to move toward that goal. We need to remember that optimal health and wellness is an ideal. Whatever you do to enhance your health and wellness is always one step forward.

One ideal, when it comes to health and wellness, is to take a holistic approach. Look at the big picture, and how all of the different parts of yourself interact. A holistic approach includes: your body, mind, emotions, and Spirit.

Here are a few suggestions and questions you might ask yourself if you want to take a holistic approach to your health and wellness:

Wellness in Body

What does your body need to be healthy? Some of the ways you can look after your body include: good nutrition ,natural medicines,warmth, comfort, exercise, physical activity, herbal medicines,sleep, self-care and body treatments, hygiene, rest and relaxation, massage therapy. Listening to your body is probably the best way.

Wellness in Mind

What are you mostly thinking about? Is your glass half-empty or half-full, so to speak? Are you constantly worried or obsessing? Do you get enough mental stimulation and challenges, such as reading, problem solving or being creative? Do you practice any type of meditation or relaxation techniques?

Wellness in Emotion

Do you care for and nurture yourself? Do you allow yourself time to deal with and release your emotions? Are you afraid to show your emotions? Do you journal or find ways to express yourself?

Wellness in Spirit

Do you spend time alone in quiet reflection? Do you enjoy nature? Maybe you pray or engage in some type of religious ritual. Believing in a higher power or simply being in awe of everyday wonders can help to nurture your Spirit. Try being in the moment wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Optimal wellness is only an ideal, but one well worth pursuing.

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