The Meaning of Holistic Wellbeing

Health & Wellness
Last Updated Jul 22, 2020
Health & Wellness

Being a current "buzz word" and trend (one I see is here for the long-haul), we’re hearing about holistic health everywhere we turn.

Yet do we really understand how to apply a true holistic approach to our wellbeing? Do we know what it means to care for our mind, body & spirit as a full package?

Most of us are doing the best we can to give our time, energy and money to one piece of the holistic pie. For example, we have a commitment to exercising regularly and eating well (at least applying the 80/20 rule) to take care of our bodies. Yet we’re not able to relax and allow the body time to restore so our cortisol levels run high. Or, we submerge ourselves in work or a passion, enjoying the creativity and sense of purpose that feeds our spirit. But often working long, late hours and compromising our basic root chakra need to get enough sleep.

Typically, we’re good at giving our attention to where it comes most naturally and as we tick the box in one area, it comes as a sacrifice to another. Anyone I’ve ever asked can tell me what priority seems to come at the expense of another area of self-care.

And, if we stop and pay attention, our thoughts, feelings and bodies tell us exactly what we’re neglecting.
Whether a physical, mental or emotional or spiritual challenge is present in our lives, it becomes a barrier to an experience of wellbeing, blocking the natural flow of energy and vitality. The issue appears as a signal to where we’re not connected to that part of self.

A true experience of wellbeing, of feeling and operating at our very best, involves caring for all the parts that make us whole. Sure we can function only satisfying one area, but are we really happy? Fulfilled? Thriving?

Wellbeing is made up of physical health, emotional nurture, mental stimulation, focus & clarity and spiritual nourishment. So in order to feel at our very best we need a complete approach that meets our needs in each area.

But amongst our busy, already overworked scheduled, how do we manage to spread our time and energy further?

The best way to start a holistic self-care path for is to create a personal wellbeing plan. Start by categorizing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual parts and then chose one activity, practice or technique that resonates and will serve you in that area, in the most enjoyable and meaning way to you. For example;

Physical - A daily 45minute walk in nature
MentalCommit to a 15minute morning meditation
Emotional - Make time to catch up with a close friend once a week
Spiritual - Rediscover a passion, interest or hobby by making time to incorporate in your week

Like introducing anything new, give it time. Chose one thing to start with that doesn't overwhelm your current schedule and commit to that. As you begin to experience how possible it is to create balance in your life, alongside the immediate benefits, you’ll naturally feel inclined to find more ways to support you in these areas.

The holistic approach to wellbeing involves incorporating a range of self-care practices into our lives that satisfies and supports us in all areas.

When we start to experience the value in caring for all parts of ourselves, we begin to feel more complete, fulfilled, healthier and happier, and uncover a radiance that shines from inside out.

Originally published on Sep 21, 2015

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People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills… There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind… So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself. — MARCUS AURELIUS