‘Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind and spirit – the realisation that everything we do, think, feel and believe has an effect on our state of well-being’. Greg Anderson.
watercolour/gouache – I painted this overlooking the Usk Valley Wales where the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains meet. Through Mother Nature we see how all of life is interconnected. What is Holistic wellbeing?
Holistic wellbeing is characterised by the treatment of the whole person. It is to look at the self from a whole (holistic) perspective and to understand the mind, body, spirit connection.
To change one fraction of a painting, – changes the whole painting. This is true for we humans….to change one small part of ourselves, (positively or negatively), changes the whole.
watercolour/gouache – Brecon Beacons Wales – Mist over the hills. In our ever more complex and stressful day to day living, finding ways to balance the different aspects of our lives can at times seem overwhelming. It is for this reason that I believe to make changes, we first need to create a simple daily plan.
The following are some of the things that have helped me over the years.
Movement to enhance physical wellbeing – A daily walk – a stretching routine – dance. (we don’t have to run a marathon).
Emotional wellbeing – We can do this by removing unnecessary technical stuff. Do we really need our phones on 24/7?
Clearing the space in which we live helps to clear the mind and the body.
Keeping pen and paper close at hand to write down thoughts and feelings. Emptying our heads before going to sleep by writing down anything that is causing distress or disruption.
Spiritual food – The creative process in all it’s many forms can feed this need. Painting, writing, music, gardening, cooking and colour all help to feed our senses and enhance our imagination and observational skills.
Without establishing simple routines, our creativity can be neglected. My little book – The Apple Exercise – is all about making space in our daily lives to explore our creativity. In the book I suggest fifteen minute exercises.
Each person has to create their own simple daily plan, one that works for them.
When we address these simple needs we experience a sense of wellbeing.
This watercolour exercise demonstrates that as we change one small portion of a painting, or ourselves, the whole changes.
Allow time for a new simple daily plan to become part of who you are….change one element at a time.It takes 28 days to form a new habit. The key is to be persistent and consistent. As we make positive simple changes, stress is replaced with a calmness which supports the whole. This is holistic well-being. Everything I write in this blog comes from personal experience. I came up with a simple daily plan for myself thirty-two years ago, when I recognised that my own life had become overwhelming – out of control. Feeling overwhelmed and fragmented affected my physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
You might say that at that time, I had an epiphany, a sudden and striking realisation that I needed and wanted to change.
To make these changes, I started with a very simple daily plan. Slowly but surely my life improved beyond recognition.
With these tried and true tools in place – I am now able to face stressful situations in a much more constructive way.
‘The key is changing our habits and, in particular, the habits of the mind’. Buddhist Offerings.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the magical hummingbirds. 🙂A Bientot