Holistic Approaches to Stress Reduction
When the stress response was first recognized, much attention was placed on the physical aspects of the mechanisms involved with fight or flight, specifically the symptoms of stress. As this field of study expanded to explore the relationship between stress and disease, it began to overlap and to some extent, even merge with the fields of psychology, sociology, physics, and clinical medicine. What was once thought to be a physical response, and then referred to as a mind-body phenomenon, is now suggested to be a complex multifaceted or holistic phenomenon involving the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual components of well-being. Looking at stress from these four different perspectives may explain why there are so many varied definitions of stress. Ironically, this new insight itself has produced some tension within the community of health care professionals, and here’s why.
Through the advocacy of the wellness paradigm, attempts have been made to unite the practice of both relaxation skills and coping skills for a holistic approach to stress management. This implies viewing each person as more than just a physical body and dealing with the causes of stress as well as the physical symptoms. The primary focus regarding the application of the wellness model is based on the prevention of disease and illness and the enhancement of health. Furthermore, the underlying current of this philosophy is to place the responsibility of healing back into the hands of the individual. Successful stress management therapy programs have now begun to adopt this wellness philosophy and holistic approach, supporting the concept that, indeed, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A sound stress management program does not merely attempt to reduce (fix or repair) stress, but rather manage it correctly. This management process attempts to focus on all aspects of one’s well-being. This philosophy is implemented by attempting to resolve the causes and reduce/eliminate the symptoms of stress. It is imperative to remember that as an intervention modality, the wellness paradigm does not dismiss the use of medications or surgery. Rather, it strongly suggests that there be a collaborative integration of several therapeutic techniques to produce a more effective healing process. Equally important as a preventive measure, the use of coping skills and relaxation techniques are also advocated to maintain the essence of inner peace.
Stated simply, effective stress management includes the following:
- A sound knowledge of the body’s reaction to perceived stress.
- A sound knowledge of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual factors associated with stress.
- The utilization of several coping techniques to work through a resolution of the causes of stress
- The regular practice of relaxation techniques to offer homeostatic balance to the body.
- The periodic evaluation of effectiveness of your coping skills and relaxation techniques.
To give an accurate understanding of the stress phenomenon, it is important to see the human condition as one collective living system. Once this is understood it becomes easier to manage stress effectively. In the words of Hans Selye, "I cannot and should not be cured of my stress, but merely taught to enjoy it." The enjoyment comes in the ability to manage stress effectively.
At Amita Holistic Healing Center located in Brooklyn New York, Dr. Tatyana is a professional doctor who uses specifically holistic and homeopathic approaches to treat stress and anxiety through creating an individual approach to your specific problems. Using a complex of treatments of Reiki, acupuncture, acupressure, yoga and a different blend of natural herbs, we care that the treatment would contribute to your whole body with no side effects. Give us a call today to sign up for the first consult that may change your whole life.
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