A holistic approach places the person at the centre, rather than just looking at the medical issue, or the psychological issue, or the social issue all separately, it takes into account the entire life history. It encourages each individual to examine carefully each of the stresses that they have faced and currently are facing, not only what is happening in their context at home or at work or in their extended family environments, but also those that are generated internally.
This self-reflective process allows the person to take into account every aspect of their lives and by doing so it allows for the ability to not only understand that there are influencers that connect everything together, but that all of these influencers need to be taken into account to be able to increase the chances of getting back to health. Also, it allows for the opportunity to create an isomorphic treatment plan. Isomorphism is a match between who it is that you are, where it is that you come from, what makes sense to you, what you actually truly believe, and how this plays out in your daily life with the treatment plan. If the treatment plan doesn't make sense to you, or just doesn't fit with your lifestyle, then there is no way that you are going to be able to adopt the changes over the long haul. You might be able to do it for the short term but the truth is if you don’t like eating eggs and the new diet plan is all about eggs then the program is going to die a quick death with no hope of continued implementation.
It is important to be able to figure out what you are all about as well as what is really important to you. This is to do with your core beliefs and once you understand what you truly believe to your core, then you will be able to understand the new lifestyle that you need to implement, not only to be able to make life better but also to make it sustainable. Every one of us is like a tree, what is above the surface of the ground we can clearly see, however, what lies under the ground, the root system, is just as big or even bigger.
This part is hidden and supports the structure that you can see, the root system sustains the tree. It sucks up the nutrients for the tree to grow, so depending upon what those nutrients are will result in either a healthy and flourishing, resilient life, or the opposite. If the nutrients you have fed from develop a pattern for you of; emotional repression, anger, confused or mixed up feelings, feeling not protected, hurt, a failure, denial, pain, suppression of distress, low self-esteem, making everyone else happy, neediness, then the resulting growth will be an automatic reflex rooted not in adult realities of resiliency, but in childhood experiences and traumas that have programmed your current coping that has shaped your resulting system.
If on the other hand your root system is nurtured by love, powerful caring, support, good advice, this allows for the development of a tree that has a fighting and resilient spirit. Paying attention to what you allow as your nutrients that supports your system, is important in considering what the cost is to your resulting structure.
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