How Holistic Practices Are Helping Mental Health
Often in my work I come across patients who could benefit from holistic additions to their treatment for a number of reasons. First, they are a great addition to whatever Eastern medicine they are using, such as medication and therapy. Second, they are wonderful alternatives for individuals who would prefer to make lifestyle changes, as opposed to taking medication.
With a few lifestyle changes and the addition of holistic practices, they can truly start to see a difference in their mood very quickly.
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What are holistic practices?
Holistic practices are varied. They can span the line from meditation, to acupuncture, daily mantras, grounding, and guided imagery. A therapist can teach you these tools and help you find out what is the best and most natural fit for you. It is important to try the right fit, as we will not do what is not enjoyable and natural to us. Once you find the right fit, you can learn many variations of the practice to keep things fresh and effective. So, go in with an open mind, and a desire to feel better.
With those two things alone, you are sure to see progress.
Why holistic practices?
These answer the issue of individuals who struggle with mood and mental health issues, but do not want to be on medication. Or, they help people who still do not see enough response from medication, and need to add something else to their routine. Exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep, finding new interests and light therapy, are all scientifically proven additions that have a positive impact on mood.
All forms of meditation, including guided imagery, mantras, and grounding have shown to decrease anxiety and stress, improve self-esteem and resilience, help prevent poor eating and drinking, increases mental focus, memory, and recall, helps to filter out distractions, improves the immune system, reduces blood pressure, and helps lessen or prevent numerous physical ailments.
Wrapping it up
So, as you can see, incorporating holistic practices has many physical and emotional benefits. It can help with mood and overall health. They are non-invasive, offer numerous options to choose from, and benefit you even more when you practice something on a regular basis that truly is a good fit for you. It makes you feel like you are taking an active role in your well-being, and that sense of control and positive forward motion can be very motivating.
So, why not try to incorporate these practices into your routine, or at least be willing to give them a try? At worst, you will be where you are now. But at best, you will start on the road to better and physical health, and that feels like more than worth the effort.
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