Holistic health is important because it takes a comprehensive look at the whole human, rather than the sum of its parts. Holistic health is an understanding that the body can affect the mind which can affect the emotions, the spirit and so on.
A disharmony in one area, for example too little rest or poor skincare (body), can create dis-ease in another area, for example depression or anxiety (mind).
Each system in our body, or area of lifestyle, needs to be examined and nurtured to ensure total balance and overall health.
Holistic Health is Comprehensive
When we embrace and practice holistic health, we take a thorough assessment of our total system health: mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. So, when we experience an illness or dis-ease, rather than just treating the obvious physical symptoms, we would stop and reflect on all areas of our lives that could be contributing to the problem.
Common assessment points/things to reflect on are: mental state, emotions, work environment, diet, skincare, spiritual practice, exercise, relationships, friendships, personal satisfaction, chiropractic alignment, etc...
Once we assess all areas, we likely find that one area is manifesting turbulence in another area. A much needed conversation with a friend or loved one, could be causing headaches. Unnatural skincare use could be causing digestive upset. Not incorporating prayer/meditation could be resulting in anxiety. All things are connected!
Holistic Preventative Care
Holistic health also focuses on prevention. Detecting a dis-harmony in the first place can help prevent us from experiencing unnecessary turmoil. Changing our mindset, diet, skincare, environment and relationships, can ultimately lead to overall improvement in health and wellness.
In addition, how we adjust our thinking of dis-ease or our current circumstances can have a profound impact on preventing dis-ease.
There is a saying that goes, "where our thoughts go, energy flows." So, if we can modify our thoughts, by choosing happiness over worry, rest over exhaustion, or gratitude over lacking, we are more likely to infuse each of our cells with the power of positive healing.
When we focus our intentions on the joys of life, not the concerns, our energy, emotions and physical state follows suit. This is the ultimate in holistic preventative care.
Common Preventative Holistic Health Practices Include: