Are you unsure where to get started on your path to natural health? Have you, like me, exhausted all conventional avenues for answers to your symptoms? Would you like to consider and learn a Holistic Health approach?
First, let’s gain understanding of the basic elements of Holistic Health. Then you can create a plan to transition into a natural health lifestyle.
What are the elements of Holistic Health? The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) describes it this way:
“Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being, where everything is functioning the very best way possible.
These are some of the focuses of primary care treatment in holistic medicine:
- Environmental measures
- Attitude and behavior modifications
- Relationship and spiritual counseling
- Bioenergy enhancement
By definition, holistic medicine is about lifestyle changes, noninvasive remedies and improving the flow of a person’s life-force energy. It also includes enhancing the body’s own ability to heal itself. I like that, the part of “…enhancing the body’s own ability to heal itself.” That sounds good to me, how about you?
According to the AHHA:
“[Holistic medicine] teaches patients to take responsibility for their own health, and in so doing is: cost-effective in treating both acute and chronic illness; therapeutic in preventing and treating chronic disease; essential in creating optimal health.”
With the Holistic Health approach, you are in the driver’s seat.
How I suggest you start:
1.) Sit down (preferably somewhere free of distractions) and write down all the above-mentioned areas of focus: Diet, Exercise, Environmental Measures, Attitude & Behavioral Modifications, Relationship and/or Spiritual Counseling, Bioenergy Enhancement. Use these to create your own health chart.
2.) Tackle each area: Stressful problems, symptoms, acute and chronic illnesses. List what you have tried, for how long, and what you’d consider in the future.
3.) Think back to when you started noticing symptoms. Record a time line to prepare to answer all questions with you HH professional. But this information can be just for you to jog your memory of issues you’ve not paid any attention to before now.
4.) Make note of all-natural remedies and all supplements you are using and what you would like to try in the future.
5.) Inquire with friends what worked for them. Make sure what research you do on the internet is from a trusted source. I would suggest medical associations for each field. They offer valid information and are willing to answer questions.
6.) Think about what you are willing to do, what time commitment can you reasonably make, and always consider your financial budget.
7.) Lastly, set up for yourself a support system of trusted individuals or loved ones. Join private Facebook groups of people going through the same journey as yourself. Know that not everyone will support or agree with your decisions. Putting yourself through unnecessary stress with not benefit you, either.
Remember, you will be outside of your comfort zone, so go a little at a time. Understand that gaining your well-being is a process that’s not done overnight. With the right plan, the right medical professionals to hear you, the right tools, and a support system, you can reach your goals of wellness on whatever level you wish to achieve.
Allison Reece is a Wellness Advocate Educator and Abstract Expressionist painter from NC. She graduated from Northwestern University via Coursera with a Certificate in Social Media Marketing, and a Certificate in Digital Marketing from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera. Allison also studied Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art & Design Sarasota, FL. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, researching & sharing updates about natural health solutions, sharing her love for doTerra Essential Oils, her appreciation for the plant-based lifestyle, long moments of prayer, kayaking in the southeastern intracoastal waterways, and long walks on the beach.
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