What is wellness? 3 holistic tips that can help heal your day-to-day
Holistic therapies look at the whole person, rather than just the symptoms that are presenting themselves.
That’s why, when you come to see me, you’re just as likely to leave with dietary advice as you are to head off with smoother skin!
I can’t help it; I know that everything’s connected, and I want to help you as a whole person – whether by providing a relaxing treatment, creating a safe space where you can be heard, or letting you know exactly what to do about those toxic people in your life!
I know that, if you’re physically unwell, it’s likely to affect your mood, appetite, sex drive and motivation. If you’re struggling emotionally, your energy levels are likely to dip, and you may be more susceptible to getting run down with colds and flu.
I also know that (unfortunately) there’s no quick fix for any of these things.
But there are lots of things you can do to help build wellness into your day-to-day.
How to live a more holistic life
Wellness tip #1: ask for help
It’s easy to think that you’re fighting a losing battle, and doing so without support. Strong people carry a lot on their own. They keep everything going – family, work, home life – despite health problems, money worries, grief, depression and fatigue.
But you don’t need to do everything on your own!
How long has it been since you had coffee with close friends and let them know what you’re going through? Release the pressure, and open up to the people you trust. Sometimes, just talking it through is enough.
Wellness tip #2: aim for progress, not perfection
We’re human, we’re all going to make mistakes. A lot of the time, I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. It’s easy to think that, in order to live holistically, you need to do everything right – from the foods you eat to being eco friendly.
Everyone – myself included – gets hung up on an all-or-nothing mentality from time to time. But all is not lost when you eat one packet of crisps!
Doing a little is so much better than doing nothing at all. Remember: you don’t have to be perfect. But if you keep going, you will see results.
Wellness tip #3: don’t let decision-making drag you down
Have you ever heard of decision fatigue? It’s the idea that the more decisions we have to make, the harder it becomes to make good ones because we’re just too exhausted!
We all know what it feels like when we just don’t have the willpower anymore: at the end of a long day it gets harder to turn down that glass of wine or drive to the gym.
It’s never been harder to make good decisions for the planet, and it’s exhausting. Should we buy locally-made, or products from overseas in better packaging? Should we go vegan or support local farmers?
You can easily beat yourself up (I’ve done it myself!). My advice, decide what your priorities are, and stick to them.
Don’t try to tackle it all at once. Big changes are better made one at a time. Save some energy for you.
How I can help
As a holistic therapist, I see it all. People come to me for lots of different reasons, including (but not limited to):
- Stress, depression, exhaustion and anxiety
- Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Auto-immune conditions such as fibromyalgia
- Digestive disorders such as Crohn’s, coeliac disease and IBS
- Muscular aches and pains
- Skin conditions, e.g. acne
- Hormonal issues, e.g. endometriosis
- Injuries – especially muscular back pain
- Pain – on all sorts of different levels
- End of life treatments
I can also provide relief when you’re suffering or recovering from a chronic illness, such as cancer (but not during treatment).
Did you know that I can help you shop? It’s an important service, especially if you’re looking for products that match your ethics. For example, you might be looking for:
- Vegan and cruelty free skincare
- Natural skincare from the UK
- Makeup and beauty treatments designed to give you specific results (anti-ageing, for example).
What does wellness mean to you?
If I’ve missed something, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how you keep yourself balanced and well, and what you do when things get off track, in the comments below.