Seven Balance Point Model To Better Health
Holistic Clinical Pharmacist
How would you define health? For many of us, health is strictly focused on our physical condition. Yet, holistic teachings guide us to equally consider value in body, mind, and spiritual health. I’d like to propose there are at least seven aspects to explore when planning a health and wellness regimen. We will call these aspects taken together ‘the seven balance point model’ for healing and wellness (e.g., physical, nutrition/supplements, sleep, exercise, social, emotional, and spiritual health). Here is a brief summary of each aspect.
Physical: It’s important to select and develop a good relationship with your primary care physician who will coordinate your traditional and non-traditional health care team as you partner to develop a personalized health regimen. Keep up with maintenance and preventative testing as directed by him/her. We all need a 50,000 mile tune up from time to time just like with our cars!
Nutrition/Supplements: The Mediterranean Diet is considered the world’s gold standard diet for healthy eating and is evidence based. Read about this strategy and try to incorporate more beans, nuts, oily fish, antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, and monounsaturated fatty acids like extra virgin olive oil into your diet. You’ll be amazed at how much better you start to feel. Use dietary supplements sparingly at the advice and consent of your healthcare practitioner. Supplements can never replace good nutrition or eating whole organic foods.
Sleep: Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep at night. If you have trouble sleeping, drink a glass of milk or decaffeinated green tea before bedtime. Milk contains tryptophan and green tea contains L-theanine, both of which are relaxing constituents. Keep your bedroom very cool to allow the body’s natural melatonin levels to rise and help you fall asleep. Place a drop of lavender essential oil on your pillow as a relaxing fragrance. Play soft music with nature sounds at bedtime. Light candles to make the room inviting (but be careful not to burn down the house); extinguish them before retiring.
Exercise: We need about 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Walking qualifies and is easy for many of us to do around the neighborhood, at the club, mall, or even at work. Walking in nature is even better to encourage us to drink in earth’s beauty and become one with the universe.
Social: Develop relationships and friends for your emotional support and for whom you may be a good support in return. We were not placed on this earth to be isolated. Being around others helps us feel more alive and stay young.
Emotional Health: Forgive others and self. Manage your stress with regular massages, laughter, and musical enjoyment. Dancing is a fabulous outlet to bring a smile to your face. Deep breathing is a Yoga technique and helps center and calm for stressful times in life. Try it sometime and see for yourself. As much as possible, try to focus on the positives in life and change the mental tape if you start to think negative thoughts.
Spiritual Health: Again, spend more time in nature. Explore your understanding of a higher power. Focus on the big picture in life. Volunteer in your community and give back to serve others and give thanks for your blessings.
Good luck and may you be blessed in body, mind, and spirit.