Definition of HOLISTIC…
Philosophy – Characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
Medicine – Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.
I believe in being holistic and so try to look at the whole person rather than just a pair of feet in front of me. The feet can be like a light and can begin to reveal a bigger picture. I will always try to give some tips relating to whatever I discover.
An example of this could be if the hip reflexes constantly show up and yet the client does not necessarily suffer with hip issues physically, it may be that they feel ‘stuck’ in some area of their life or unable to ‘move forward.’
Here are some changes that you can do to assist yourself in your wellbeing and live a more holistic lifestyle.
Having regular complementary therapy such as reflexology, acupuncture or massage. These therapies will help your body back into homeostasis.
Regular exercise has a great benefit to our overall health and wellbeing. If joining a group is not for you then just a short brisk walk every day or pottering in the garden will have a profound positive effect. Its good to get outside at least once a day.
A new study by the University of Essex has shown that it doesn’t take much to reap the benefit of being outside. You may only need 5 minutes of being outside to have an effect on your health and wellbeing.
Dr Jo Barton and Professor Jules Pretty analysed 1,252 people and it showed that activity in the presence of nature (green exercise) led to mental and physical health improvements. They looked at activities such as walking, gardening, cycling, fishing, boating, horse-riding and farming.
Reducing stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol, cigarettes etc. Stimulants are chemicals that cause ‘excitement’ of your nervous system. They cause more chemicals to release more signals through your body. By reducing these stimulants you allow your body to regulate itself naturally.
Healthy eating will help with stress. You may get cravings for food high in sugars, fat and salt when you are stressed.
Try new hobbies – get creative. Having a hobby will encourage you to take a break from your day to day but still having a purpose. This can give you great satisfaction as you will be learning something new without any pressure.
Breathing practice or meditation – See the blog ‘Just Breathe‘
Laughing has been shown to improve our whole being. It can improve both our physical and mental wellbeing.