The importance of the holistic approach

The importance of the holistic approach

It’s a term that I am sure you have heard mentioned many times before, the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

Regarding optimal health and wellbeing, it’s essential that we put an emphasis on the holistic approach.

I often see mainstream media picking up on a new piece of research that suddenly places all ill health on one specific issue.

The issue with this is that people will place all their emphasis on this one particular area whilst not addressing the big picture.

Of course, it’s important to focus on certain areas but they often miss the point that optimal wellbeing comes from a variety of factors.

For example, if a client comes in and wants to lose weight, results will rarely be achieved if we just focused on exercise. In order to get the desired results for this client we will need to address several areas including training, nutrition, stress, sleep and psychological factors as well. The best exercise in the world wouldn’t get the desired result unless all other areas and mindset were in sync.

The same approach should be taken when looking to help improve the wellbeing of employees in the workplace.

Focusing on key areas such as movement, nutrition, mindfulness/stress, hydration, workplace environment and recovery are all key to getting the best out of staff, with the best results coming from addressing all of these, thus taking the holistic approach.

Implementing strategies for long term changes is key for getting long term results.