How Does Holistic Medicine Impact One’s Health In 2021?
The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has further stressed the importance of holistic medicine, especially since it has cast a spotlight on physical wellness and spiritual, social, and psychological wellness.
It is for this reason that holistic medicine has been fronted as an alternative form of medical treatment. It is a form of healing that considers an individual's body, emotions, feelings, mind, and spirit in the quest to attain optimal health, wellness, and fitness.
So how can holistic medicine impact your health during these times of the pandemic and help you with addiction recovery?
Promotes Mental Health
The pandemic has brought many challenges, including job loss, economic hardships, and social disintegration. These have brought severe mental pressure for many people leading to depression and negative social behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse.
Mental wellness is the foundation upon which other health aspects are based. Besides, poor mental health is the source of physical ailments, spiritual health disruption, and other social problems. Consequently, to ensure that you remain healthy and operating at a stable level, you will need to take holistic medicine.
Seeking professional help, mindfulness, physical activeness, learning new skills, sharing feelings and emotions are some of the ways that can help you promote your mental health and wellness. By taking care of your mental health, you give yourself the best chance of enjoying life.
Promotes Physical Health
Physical health is what comes to mind when talking about health and wellness. General sickness is what triggers people to seek medical attention based on the signs and symptoms they exhibit. Maintaining your physical health ensures you remain productive and healthy for a long time. Addiction to drugs and alcohol impacts your health negatively.
Strong body immunity is the key to good physical health. But that can be achieved by eating nutrient-dense foods, undertaking physical workouts, sleeping for 8 hours each night, avoiding alcohol, and minimizing the intake of sugar, hydrogenated oils, and processed foods as they are the primary culprits for metabolic ailments such as diabetes and hypertension.
Promotes Social Health
Though not related to one's physical body, it directly impacts and promotes physical, spiritual, and mental health, but it is more linked to mental health. Studies have proven that the happiest individuals manage to form deep and meaningful connections with their families, friends, and community.
Researchers have also found that people with strong social support experienced less severe depression and anxiety. With the movement restrictions, people have had to reduce their physical interactions, which has brought several psychological consequences such as anxiety, panic, insomnia, digestive problems, depressive symptoms, and post-traumatic stress.
However, to promote your social health, you can try to make time for physical interactions with your loved ones where possible, get involved in your community projects, share your feelings, and travel occasionally.
Promotes Spiritual Health
Spiritual wellness does not mean being religious; instead, it's all about focusing on your inner soul and the external environment. Spiritual health aims to balance the mental, physical, social, and psychological aspects of human life. Strong spiritual wellness ensures that you have a purposeful life and the ability to actualize different capacities and dimensions of life.
Some of the ways to enhance and support your spiritual health include meditating, spending time in nature, reading the scriptures, participating in bible study sessions, attending church service and events, and undertaking volunteering work. Such positive activities ensure that you remain motivated to overcome your addiction.