Duke Integrative Medicine provides the following definition of Integrative medicine:
“…an approach to care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. …”
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
An Integrative Approach
When we think of our health there are so many practices to choose from.
It is important to tailor your care to your needs. Using chiropractors, acupuncturist or other practioners all depends on what will be helpful in your time of need. Deciding what you need and how frequently you need it, is up to you. A good basic model for overall wellness might include:
- A weekly wellness coach
- A daily yoga practice
- A meditation practice for the morning, afternoon and evening
- An annual visit to your primary care doctor
Developing a wellness plan with integrated parts considers the whole person. Meeting all your needs is a wonderful way to grow and prosper in this one life you are given.
Are you already be incorporating an integrative wellness practice? If yes, then check-in frequently to adjust your self-care plan to your growing needs.
What are you missing?
Check out my wellness wheel and rate your current perspective. As we get older our needs change. Checking in with your needs every once in a while may help you identify areas where you need more balance.