• Deborah Casey

Holistic Approaches; ten tips to incremental health improvements

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

In the world of holistic therapy the connection of mind, body and soul, or as I prefer brain, body, being, is achieved through the application of a variety of activities of daily living. The notion of activities of daily living was developed by Roper, Logan and Tierney in their nursing model based on a model of living which addresses all areas of activities that the person undertakes each day from maintaining a safe environment to sleeping at night. And just in case you are wondering what this nursing model is about here is a list of the areas that are assessed using the model:

  1. maintaining a safe environment

  2. communication

  3. breathing

  4. eating and drinking

  5. elimination

  6. washing and dressing

  7. controlling temperature

  8. mobilisation

  9. working and playing

  10. sleeping

From the basis above I share with you a holistic and complementary therapists holistic approach below based upon my own personal application to my own daily activity of living:

I view all my activities of living as Spiritual Practices;

Breathing, meditation, prayer and self-healing with Reiki

Hydration with filtered water that is energised with lemon, mint leaves, apple cider vinegar, or other natural sources to flavour and restore healing properties.

Nutrition with fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, oats, eggs, butter and meat - I no longer practice vegetarian approaches based on the burning of the rain forests for the production of soy!

Exercise; Chi Kung, Yoga, gentle walking and swimming, we don't need to knock ourselves out with exercise.

Hobbies; take time for doing those things that you love, that engage your creativity and take you to a place of timelessness. For some it is knitting, others it's reading, playing guitar, cooking, or gardening. Other activities include singing, dancing, playing cards or scrabble, jigsaw puzzles, and charades. These maybe old fashioned but they disconnect from the internet and get you to focus into reality. The pleasure is in the focused attention to the activity and the outcome.

Daily practices of Gratitude, Appreciation, Blessing. This connects with mind and thoughts because what we think is what we become much the same as the notion "you are what you eat"! Focused attention can maintain a clear mind and create deep inner silence begin with disconnecting from anything that triggers negative states of feeling and thinking - Brexit is designed to cause distress, distress causes stress and pressure and that results in illness - so switch it off it isn't helping you to improve your health.

Bathing; whether it is a shower or a bath this can ease tension and relax Brain and Body and that leads to improve feelings of well-being. Add Himalayan salt to the bath and soak the natural minerals in the salts help to ease the muscles. I find Linseed gel, Shea butter with essential oils a wonderful alternative to soap especially for dry and sensitive skin and areas. My Aromatherapy course (level 3 demonstrates how to create this natural product for yourself)

Bed; making your bed and lying in it what a lovely statement. I've had much healing and recovering to do from many different issues and this statement really came home to me one day as I was appreciating my home and my life. I found myself thinking "yes I have made my bed and I really enjoy lying in it"! A marker of the enjoyment I've found in life.

Clutter and Rubbish; I'm a hoarder and have had struggle to depart with a lot of stuff. But I made slow and steady, incremental changes to releasing that which held a powerful and painful memory. With the space now available, physically and emotionally I found I'f freed up more time and energy to focus more fully on doing life as I loved.

End the day as you began with breathing practices... this calms the mind and body in preparation for...

Sleep; sound sleep is vital to health and well-being. It is a time of healing, recovering and restoring vitality. I had a decade of pain and suffering from MESH injuries and lost sleep. I now find as I recover from MESH excision that I am sleeping much better. However where there is no identifiable cause of sleep issues then sleep hygiene could help. As too can essential oils, reducing caffeine, journelling and Reiki practice.

Deborah is currently in the process of creating a new course, Practices and Principles of Good health, check back for the release date and access links with promotional, affordable one off fees.

Deborah Casey is a fully qualified, experienced and insured professional holistic therapist in the modalities she practices. She has practised both as a lay person and in a qualified professional status almost 3 decades. Her favourite modalities of Holistic Therapy is Aromatherapy and Reiki. These blog posts and the courses she has created all formulate part of her on going personal and professional development and growth.

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