What is Holistic Health?

What is Holistic Health?

We’ve come a long way in the many worlds of medicine, though in recent years, our long-held habits and beliefs are being widely challenged. Collectively, we are looking deeper into ourselves and our environments for the answers to our health ailments and lingering issues.

Not to disregard the role western medicine plays in our lives, but more holistic approaches to health and healing are being implemented throughout the world. But before we go into the why, we must first look at what is holistic health?

From breathwork to cbd gummies, holistic health is more of a school of thought that addresses the individual as a whole, rather than solely addressing disease or physical sickness. It is underpinned by pillars which answer to all aspects that affect the self – physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and environmentally. These pillars are all interconnected and shape how we think, and therefore feel.

The Pillars Of Holistic Health And Wellness 

Holistic health and wellness can be supported by these main pillars: physical, nutritional, emotional, social, mental, and environment. Meeting the requirements of these pillars is not a one size fits all approach, and looks different for each individual. 

Physical

When physical wellness is brought up, most usually think of exercise. And while this is a huge aspect of achieving physical wellness, a holistic approach to physical health and wellness considers hygiene, diet, and sleep too.

Sleep is an enormous factor to consider as it allows our minds and bodies to recharge. 48% of Australian adults reported at least 2 sleeping problems – a figure that’s likely to rise given the fast-paced society we have come to live in. 

While many adults struggle to obtain 7-9 hours sleep each night, there are a few simple strategies that can be implemented to fall asleep easier and for longer:

  1. Avoid screens 30 minutes before bed.
  2. Incorporate a wind-down routine. This can include dimming lights, reading, or even light stretching or meditation.
  3. Block out unnecessary light and noise. 

Nutrition

While our diet and nutrition uptake is closely tied to physical wellness, it is especially important and requires its own pillar. Our diets are dependent on our age, sex, occupation, body chemistry, and many other variables. 

While there are many different beliefs on what people should be eating, the truth is the answer is different for everyone – and certainly not the next fad diet that storms the world. There are, however, a few tried and true ways to improve nutritional intake:

  1. Eating a diverse range of colourful fruits and vegetables. A good tip to diversify is to eat what is in season.
  2. Pay attention to portion sizes and frequency.
  3. Replace refined grains with whole grains.

Emotional

While our physical health gets all the attention, our emotional wellness often gets overlooked. Although, our emotional health has a direct impact on our physical health, and poor emotional health can manifest in many physical ways. 

Taking control and being able to identify and communicate our emotions is a transformative step that helps us better understand, process and manage feelings. This can be done through journaling, practicing gratitude, mindfulness or meditation, or seeking therapy – even when you’re not in crisis.

Social 

Humans are social creatures, and tend to be much happier with well established networks of support. When we form these deep connections with family and friends, we tend to be much happier and healthier. Contrarily, isolation can have a negative impact on our physical, mental and emotional health. 

Environment

While much of holistic healing asks us to look inward, our surrounding environment also impacts how we think and feel. Ever heard the saying: “Clean room, clean mind” ? Well it’s true. The more you care for, clean, and respect your surrounding environments, the better they will support you in your daily life. 

Holistic Health With A Greener Leaf

Holistic health encompasses so much more than simply a means to shake a cold or flu. It allows us to identify the specific ways in which we may be living unsustainably, and gives us a more rounded approach to addressing it – instead of just taking a pill.

A holistic way of living explores wellness in all aspects of your life, including learning how to integrate downtime, switching off and relaxation. A Greener Leaf has a wide range of hemp, cbd and other cannabinoid-based products to help reduce stress, improve sleep, and live more holistically healthy and relaxed lives. For more information, please visit our website and turn to a greener leaf. 

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