Life can be busy. And with everything you are juggling - family, friends, work -- it can be difficult to prioritize self care. People don’t always approach health holistically and oftentimes isolate their self care routines to focus on either the mind or the body. Let us break down the importance of holistic self-care and provide some easy practices you can incorporate into your self-care routine.
So what exactly is “Holistic Self-Care'' and why is it so important?
the pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health”. The categories of holistic health are often broken down into mental, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions but could also include other aspects such as social and environmental aspects as well. Beginning with a broad definition of wellness enables us to hone our focus.You can think about holistic self-care as the physical as well as the emotional aspects of well being. Because it may be difficult to define, it’s helpful to have a model from which to reference. Duke Integrative Medicine’s Wheel of Health, (2010) breaks it down into seven major categories:
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