A Mind-Body Approach to Health Includes:
Well-being of mind, body, emotions and spirit
Developing healthy relationships with family, colleagues, and friends
A healthy lifestyle; nutrition, exercise, life balance, happiness
Development of personal and spiritual awareness
Learning life skills to make life flow well; finances, communication, alignment with life purpose
Respecting yourself and other people as equals
Incorporating natural products, remedies, and therapies into your life
- Person viewed as a unified being who contains inextricably linked aspects; mind, body, emotions and spirit
- Individual is also linked to their environment and shares a two-way, constant, interaction with it through thoughts, emotions, and actions
- Relationships with other people and situations hold great importance because of the inter-dependent nature of existence, and it's effects upon wellness
- It is not viable to experience thoughts, emotions, or actions, without also involving other body systems
- Lifestyle factors like nutrition, exercise and relaxation hold greater significance because of their impact upon the entire person, and their preventative actions on developing ill health
- Higher value on subjective experience and spiritual component, with less requirement for external validation
- Person viewed as comprising of separate substances: mind, body, and systems, which are treated as individual speciality areas for healthcare
- Less value placed upon the extent to which body systems are part of an entire, whole, human being, resulting in a reductionist approach to health
- Materialist-based system which views people as separate physical individuals, living within a dualist world
- Since physical health is deemed as existing independently, experiences like thought, interaction with environment, and emotional have lower value rating
- Excellent at resolving physical-based acute health issues, but lower success with recovery from chronic illness
- Priority on scientific theory and empirical data collection, with lower value on self responsibility, subjective experience, personal and spiritual connection
Troublesome thoughts are perhaps the most common source of problems when it comes to well-being. Fear-based thinking may arise from an overactive mind, or can be triggered by certain life situations and previous trauma. If we lack clarity of mind we can find ourselves in unhelpful behaviour patterns. Our thoughts influence our happiness and success in life, and the extent to which we can overcome limiting beliefs. Mindful awareness or meditation can be highly beneficial for understanding and calming the mind.
Physical ailments like pain, fatigue, digestive or cardiovascular problems can cause a great deal of suffering for anyone who experiences them. If symptoms are severe, they can affect mobility, work, relationships, mental and emotional wellness as well. Fortunately, there are multiple ways of controlling symptoms; the use of therapies such as massage or acupuncture can help with pain and mobility. Nutritional therapies can calm inflammatory disorders, IBS, pain and fatigue. Yoga or similar therapies can help with relaxation, mobility, and energy levels.
Emotions can seem uncontrollable when we are in the midst of a particularly challenging life situation, or dealing with a difficult person. We can begin to change our relationship and understanding of our emotions by examining them in more detail, learning to recognise why reactions occur, and allowing stored emotional tension to be fully released over a period of time. The nature of emotions is that they contain sensations or feelings in the body, combined with specific thought patterns. With this insight comes emotional freedom.
There is no single definition of spirituality; each one of us creates our own interpretation of meaning according to our life experience, beliefs and values. So when we discuss spiritual development, it is important to focus on what this means for you, rather than attempting to find a particular external experience. Spiritual wellness includes a wide range of things for different people; it can refer to understanding the deeper nature of life, who we are, our life purpose, and connection to the world around us.