How a Holistic approach helped me changing my life for the best
Updated: Jun 12, 2020
How many times did we feel pain in our body and immediately ingested a pill, waiting for it to pass to then just have it back in a couple of days, sometimes even hours? How many times did we feel tired, unmotivated, weak, without really knowing why? How many times did we simply feel down, sad, disappointed, and blamed it on other people, maybe ending up fighting?
If you are like me, I guess the answer is “many, countless times”.
There was a point in my life in which I felt my life force was gone, I was depressed, always sick, stressed, worried, and governed by my fears. I couldn't see a way out, I was worried about my health even if, from a medical point of view, everything seemed fine, there was no clear explanation for my constant headache and stomach pain.
I was so mentally down that I was ruining myself even more by having a relationship with a guy that wasn't loving me, which was only bringing more sufferance into my life.
Till the point, I hit rock bottom. That is when I understood for the first time that sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough.
From that day, in November 2018, what I call “my new life” began. It felt like I finally opened my eyes for real and started scanning my existence. It was, it still is, a journey, I believe there is no end to self-improvement and self-discovery, but the steps I took and the choices I made, built the foundation of the “new” or maybe simply “more aware” person I am right now.
And it all started by looking at my life in a holistic way.
First of all, what does holistic even mean? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, holistic means “relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts”.
I started from my mind: I finally decided to see a psychologist, which really helped me enlightening parts of my personality but, having always been a very self-analytical person, I kind of could already see why I was behaving in a certain way, the problem was moving forward and breaking through my self-destructive thoughts and behaviors.
That is when the life coaching part made a difference. I started “life coaching myself” while I was taking a coaching course. I started reading books on mind mastering, on the power of thoughts, on self-love, written by philosophies, psychologists, and scientists. It became so real for me that “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves” as Buddha said.
As almost an inevitable continuation of my path, I got close to meditation and yoga, which really shaped my personality. I could see the calming effect they both had on me, I became more aware of the present moment, started working even more on my discomforts, started perceiving inner balance.
Then It was about time to look at what I was eating: I always thought I was eating quite healthy, but was I really? Well, maybe according to the mainstream idea of what eating healthy is, I was. On the other hand, who didn't grow up believing that cow milk is healthy? Unfortunately, very few people. I started looking deeper into what I was eating, what reaction my body had after each meal. This is, by the way, the beauty of holistic nutrition: there are some fundamental guidelines (for instance, eat fresh, seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables, no processed food, always prefer organic products, and so on) but it is all about understanding and observing your body. Ayurveda nutrition was also a big part of my self-discovery. An Ayurvedic diet is an eating plan that provides guidelines for when you eat, what you eat, and how you eat to boost your health, prevent or manage the disease, and maintain wellness.
Then it was time to just open myself to new options: I got close to alternative medicine, to naturopathy, the shamanic culture, and its remedies.
I became sick of the idea of ingesting chemicals to just remove a symptom when I could have instead gone to the root of the problem and try to solve it with the help of an experienced practitioner: I started moving towards curing myself with natural remedies.
Useless to say, I have never felt better in my life. After almost 2 years of starting this path, I am now in great health, in love with myself, and feeling happy and fulfilled.
This does not mean that I don´t have bad days, we all have! It just means that I have learned how to deal with them and that, by considering myself as a whole, I always try to understand my body and my mind as if they were talking to me and “work together” a solution and a possible interpretation of the problem.
This also does not mean that I believe Western medicine is somehow bad, great things are possible thanks to Western medicine, it just means that it is not the only way to pursue healing and that it is worth exploring more, to then choose for yourself what better suits you. For some issues could be Western medicine, for some others could be Eastern or, most likely, a combination of both.
I strongly believe that, only by looking at ourselves in a holistic way, feeling connected to our inner selves and to nature, respecting ourselves, our mind, and our body, we can really find healing, being it mental or physical.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” - World Health Organization.
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