What does a holistic approach to mental health look like?

The term “holistic approach” means looking at the whole person, not just their mental health needs. It includes physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.

It is important to view one’s mental health from a holistic approach because there may be pieces of the puzzle that are missing if we just look at one’s issues through a singular lens. Many practitioners take a holistic approach when treating their patients. However, it is important to take the initiative into one’s own hands at times. For instance, if you are feeling depressed, one might automatically think he or she has a genetic predisposition to the illness.

However, by making certain dietary changes one’s mood may begin to lift. Certain holistic approaches that can be complimentary to psychotherapy include acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition, exercise (including yoga and mindfulness,) pet therapy, and revisiting one’s spirituality. (*Note: This information is not intended to replace the advice given to you by your
medical professional.)

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