When you take a holistic approach to your wellbeing, you are caring for your whole self. In so many cases today, we take care of one part of our health and sacrifice another. We are busy with life and can’t always make time for ourselves.
As an independent living community, we work to ensure that our residents have access to programs and activities that help to take care of the human being as a whole. From diet to exercise to mental and emotional health, when we care for all of our being, we are healthier and happier.
When people hear the word “holistic,” their minds may turn to things like acupuncture and reiki. The truth of the matter is that while these things can be part of a holistic approach, what we are really talking about is taking a whole-being approach to wellness. Rather than simply concentrate on one aspect of a person’s health, we offer an integrated approach so that physical, spiritual and mental health are improved.
You don’t need to reside in an independent living community to take this approach in your own life. If you want to feel as though you are operating at your best, you must care for all of your parts. Your wellbeing is comprised of your physical health, mental stimulation, spiritual nourishment and emotional nurture. What are you overlooking?
If you are interested in beginning a holistic approach to your care, create a plan. Begin by listing all the parts of your whole into a list and choosing one activity that can help you build and improve that area of your being. Decide on when you will add a second activity to your list, and so on. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Physical Health
You know your own limitations when it comes to exercise. Starting off like gangbusters is not the best idea, as you won’t stick to your plan. Begin with something you know you can accomplish. Perhaps you will walk for 30 minutes each day, complete a yoga workout or eliminate sugar from your diet. Maybe you will replace your current lunch choice with a healthy smoothie.
However you choose to improve your physical health, discuss your plan with your doctor to ensure it is safe for you to do so.
2. Mental Health
One of the best things you can do for your mental health is to quiet your mind. Spend 15 minutes a day learning how to meditate. Choose a single day during the week when you will unplug: Turn off your laptop, your tablet and other electronics you don’t need, and get outside. Join a course for mindfulness or sit back and spend an hour reading a book.
3. Emotional Health
Look for a beautiful journal at your local store and start writing in it every day. Catch up with a friend or family member during the week. Speak with a trained therapist or counselor to work through any issues you are dealing with. Do something that makes your heart sing. For you, it could be a walk through the woods, a bit of time in the garden or making something with your hands. Whatever it is, put it on your list and do more of it.
4. Spiritual Health
Discovering your spiritual side does not necessarily mean attending a structured worship service, unless that is what you desire. You can spend time alone, contemplating the greater good. You can volunteer with a group or organization that supports a cause you believe in. You can practice gratitude or even develop a pay-it-forward attitude.
As with any change in life, if you start too big, you run the risk of burning out quickly. The better idea is to choose one area of your life and one thing that you would like to change. After a week add another area of your life. After a second week, add that third component. Making changes slowly helps to ensure that you will stick to your new plan and actually enjoy yourself. Before you know it, you will have adopted a new lifestyle.
At The Holbrook, we provide ample opportunities and options to better your holistic health. If you would like more information about our independent living community in Decatur, we are here to answer your questions. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to speak with a member of our team. We are happy to provide you with the information you desire.