How to feel good about yourself: Treating the Mind, Body and Soul
The road to recovery from an illness can be difficult. Sometimes we want to achieve something, and we can’t because of our health. Some people find it hard to overcome anxiety – or to block out the negative voice in their head, that tells them they are not good enough. Whatever reason you choose to research alternative therapies for the mind, body and soul, you’ll be comforted to know that these ancient practices are said to come with health benefits.
When you have been diagnosed with an illness, it is common for those undergoing treatment to experience stress, anxiety, remorse, and even grief.
Traditional therapeutic groups, counselling sessions, and family therapy can leave patients feeling exhausted, maybe disheartened.
The road of discovery and recovery is a tough one and unique to everyone. We’re all unique so why should every treatment be the same for everyone? To truly heal, all aspects of self must be addressed; mind, body and soul. You must understand that this is necessary to achieve long-term, continued recovery and holistic treatment services you feel better.
The alternative treatments below, should be considered as a supplemental treatment to formal medical advice and treatment for any diagnosed conditions.
- Yoga and Meditation for mind body and soul
Yoga and meditation are olden practices that are intended to help put people in touch with their innermost selves, attuning them to the energy of the universe and their place within it. The practices include mindfulness, focus and tranquillity; they can reduce stress, anxiety and emotional distress. Through yoga and meditation, you can learn to become more self-aware, of both body and mind.
Yoga can relax your muscles, help you breathe, realise your self-worth and really test the flexibility and capability of your body. It can allow you to feel calm – maybe that is what you are looking for?
Reflexology is an alternative treatment for a variety of conditions and again, it is documented to be an ancient practice. It involves the reflexologist applying pressure to precise areas in the hands, feet, and ears that affect certain reflex areas of the body.
You can picture there is a linking between zones of your feet and hands that embody certain areas of your body that can be attuned or managed through these zones. A lot of the theory behind reflexology has to do with aligning your qi which is pronounced as chi, but even for those who normally don’t invest much in this discipline, there are plenty of studies that have supported the claims of reflexologists.
It is not widely accepted in the medical world, but thousands of physicians across the globe have been using reflexology for generations, with surprising results. If anything, it is a totally relaxing treatment, so if you are sceptical but would just like to relax, then give it a go.
- Reiki Therapy
Reiki is an old Japanese practice that helps upsurge positive energy and feeling in those who partake. The name comes from the Japanese words “Rei” meaning “The Higher Power” and “Ki” meaning “life force energy.” The practice is divine in nature, yet not religious, and focuses on the ability to live in a way that encourages harmony and peace. The session is facilitated by a professional who is experienced in the method and takes place in a quiet, comforting environment. This is a treatment that will often be felt in mind, body and soul.
- Aroma Therapy
Also called Essential Oil Therapy, Aroma Therapy is another method used to aid in the lessening of stress, anxiety and problems rising with sleep. Essential Oils are derived from herbs, flowers, roots and other raw plants, each creating a strong unique scent. Certain scents (typically oils derived from citrus fruits, or “cool” smelling plants such as peppermint and eucalyptus) have been associated with their abilities to increase energy, productivity and focus. Essential oils can help people with different problems and I’ve written a longer blog about it here.
Acupuncture is another therapeutic technique that has been around for a very long time. It is about inserting needles in specific points on the body to manipulate the flow of energy. Modern practitioners have since learned that medically, it stimulates various systems in the body and can recommend it as a complementary or alternative medicine.
Why do people use alternative therapies?
People use complementary and alternative medicine because: they wish to use treatments that are more natural and help them feel more in control.
Some people are unhappy with conventional medicine and therefore seek to gain knowledge on what else is out there for them.
Others believe that these therapies help their mind, body and soul and therefore see a spiritual attraction to them.
Whatever your reason for looking up alternative therapies, know that there is a myriad of options out there for you to look into for that healthy balance of mind, body and soul.