What exactly is a holistic approach?
For me it means balance. Keeping balance in my life. I have had periods that I have eaten poorly, deprived the body of nourishment and fed it with sugar and coffee.
There are times that I have been emotionally absent from my family and put all my energy into my work. Borderline workaholic, if you like. I have had moments when neither home nor work was a good place to be. In other words I was depressed.
In this post I am trying to explain what the holistic approach means to me. I dug up some links that I have found helpful and pictures that I have taken from other web sources but I have linked back to the source. The five elements of holistic approach are explained in the picture below.We need all of the elements to harmonize ,in order to feel whole. Ergo feel well, in the state of Well-being.
We know that exercise and nutrition contribute to our well-being but did you know that meditation and relaxation play as important role?
We need rest, exercise and nourishment to keep the body “machine” working but the mind also needs rest, meditation unwinds us from stress. Stress in a contributing factor to many dis-eases of the body.Stress is a modern society health threat.Stress increases the PH value in the body. If the PH value is high we are more likely to get sick, than if the PH value is balanced.
The five pieces of our cake
Relationships Our relationships matter, it means that the people in your life can not be draining you of energy. In order to have balanced relationship, you will have to find a way to stop letting people robbing you of your energy. The weird thing is that we often have draining relationships in our immediate family. It is worth working on because these are the people you can usually not just stop seeing.
Career We tend to get absorbed in our work. But we can not let it overrides everything else in our life. I have tendencies to get too wrapped up in the things I am doing. Sometimes it would drain me of all my energy and when I came back home there was just the shell left. I was deflated for energy from my work.
Spirituality We need to have some refuge, it does not matter what name we put on it. If it is a higher power or if we practice meditation. We need a break every now and then. To tune down and reconnect with ourselves. I find it helpful to study the balance of my chakras.
physical activity The best we can do for our body is just do 30 minutes a day of exercise. We need to run the machinery so it won´t get rusty and stiff. Walk, ride a bicycle. Find a steep hill and walk up it. Go to the gym. Whatever suits your rhythm and preference.
Nourishment We need good balanced diet and plenty of water. Water is the base. Food is a big part og our lives. It´s the hardest part to keep balanced. Our cravings can tell us la little about our imbalances, on mind-body green there is a summary of food cravings and the source for the craving.
There are holistic resources like the holistic health library that have information regarding all parts of our holistic living.
The thing is there must be balance between the ares of our lives. Look at it as a cake , is just one cake. You are it. If work is too big of a slice the others are smaller. The cake is not getting bigger. There are 24 hours in a day. You need to divide them wisely. for you.
I find the chakra Wisdom helpful in understanding the balance. Here is a chakra wisdom from sspirituality and self-help . The seven chakras are explained. This blog for example is my way of regaining strength in my throat chakra. The chakra that deals with self-expression and communication.
Seven chakras meditation has an online support of the chakra well-being and some useful tips.
Illustration of the 7 Chakras © Wikipedia
- Chromotherapy for Holistic Healing (blogcritics.org)
- Chakra Massage – fingertips for the client (hofholistichealingcenters.com)
- A Word About Chakras (estrellahealing.wordpress.com)
- Why a holistic blog? (wholisticme.com)
- chika chaka whaaaaat – CHAKRAS (sweatpantsandeggplants.com)
- Chakra Balancing, and How It Can Be Done (blogcritics.org)
- Healing Your Chakras (theaceofswords.wordpress.com)
- Free Chakra Healing Report (visionaryforcreativechange.wordpress.com)
- Crown (Sahasrara) Chakra (sensualblissvoyager.wordpress.com)
- Have you checked YOUR chakras lately? (everywherealways.wordpress.com)