The Holistic Approach
Holistic approach to health fully acknowledges the integration of the mind, body and spirit. Wellbeing depends on the good health of the other, and we are affected equally by our physical, emotional and spiritual states. If one area is lacking (i.e our physical health) then it is important that we make time nourishing the other two elements our, emotional and spiritual states. There are a number of coping mechanisms and some examples of this are as follows:
Meditation is an ancient and powerful tool for healing the mind, body and spirit. It is to bring inner peace within ourselves in a positive way.
All you need is a peaceful, relaxing environment and comfortable clothes. Meditation can be as simple as being in a sitting position that is comfortable, closing your eyes and focusing on your breath, allowing thoughts to pass in then out of your mind, letting them go. There are many forms of meditation along with clearing the mind, some of which may be guided or holding your attention on a subject, object or process.
Whilst many religions include ritual meditation practice, you do not need to be religious or spiritual to enjoy it! Meditation is becoming one of the most common methods that people are using to reduce some of the stresses that occur in everyday life it is recommended by more and more doctors in treating a range of disorders such as anxiety; depression; insomnia; headaches; high blood pressure; stress; or life threatening physical illnesses.
Yoga encourages mental calmness and body awareness through concentrating on various movements and poses. The meaning for Yoga in Sanskrit is union and hence yoga and meditation work together in achieving the common goal of unity of mind, body and spirit. It is more than a physical workout; you can tune in, chill out and shape up at the same time!
Research shows that yoga helps manage or control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches and heart disease.
Practicing yoga regularly reduces fat, stimulates the immune system, reduces stress, improves muscle tone, flexibility and strength.
Yoga makes you feel good about yourself and is why holistically, yoga can have an overall impact on helping you maintain a healthy heart!
Sometimes when the going gets tough, you just need to spoil yourself. It can be in the form of a massage, a retreat, a walk along the beach or park, a good book, a movie, golf, reiki, acupuncture or even just taking a bath.
It can be anything you enjoy, as long as it makes you relax! If you don’t take the time to do these things, to look after you and enjoy yourself a little, you will forget why you were here in the first place! Life is about finding your happiness and let’s face it, our body malfunctions occasionally- we just can’t let that take over our lives and take away our happiness.
Unlike those who suffer from conditions that involve a one-off diagnosis-treatment-recovery process, those who suffer from chronic heart conditions must go through this process on a continual basis throughout their life. This factor presents issues for the sufferer, particularly in the area of support. Lack of support for heart disease patients could be due to the habituation phenomenon. Psychological studies have found that we have an innate tendency to notice and respond to a novel or surprising event, but such a response declines when there is repeated exposure to the same stimuli or event.
Unfortunately, due to its’ recurrent nature, those suffering from heart disease commonly face the effects of habituation. Much support is generally given during initial episodes, but as these continue, support starts to decline as those that surround patients become ‘habituated’.
As a result, a false sense of comfort arises amongst supporters, where consecutive episodes are viewed as less severe than the last. However, in the case of heart disease patients, each episode, procedure is just as serious and even life-threatening as the last. Whilst others may easily get on with their own lives, our daily experiences with heart disease can still be as difficult as the last and we still need you.