An Integrative, Holistic Approach to a New World
by Deborah Tosline
An integrative holistic approach takes into consideration all components of a system, maintaining each component equally to ensure optimal health of the system as a whole. The well-being of any system is dependent on its holistic health and balance. Undisturbed nature balances itself, even as it incrementally evolves, to optimize the health of each system component. A holistic perspective requires awareness and knowledge that each component relies on associated components to illustrate system interconnectivity.
To implement an integrative, holistic, healthy lifestyle for optimal health and well-being, it’s important to consider all aspects of healthy living and to develop awareness of the interconnectivity of all components of one’s health. Promoting holistic health includes hydration, nourishment, sleep, rest, mental and physical exercise, meditation, social interaction, giving of oneself, and kindness. This level of mindfulness promotes the best treatment of one’s self and is not self-indulgent; in fact, it is a basic necessity for health.
The synergy, or combined effect, from practicing holistic health results in a deep sense of well-being, in the moment. It could be referred to as ultimate health. Practicing holistic health is like taking a happy pill, without need for a prescription, and who knows – it may prevent you from ever needing a prescription. If experiencing well-being in most of your moments is not reward enough, there are additional and more profound and long-term impacts, such as increasing the odds of maintaining a high level of function throughout the aging experience – priceless.
An integrative holistic approach is not only an incredible way to care for one’s self; it is also the way to care for the Earth and the ecosystems that sustain us. Using an integrative holistic approach to care for the Earth requires presence of mind, intent, and conscious “in the moment” choices.
Everything that we use, own, and consume – every little bit of it – is derived from the earth. We don’t readily see the scars or the practices required to harvest these resources and often we are ignorant of the processes that provide our consumables and material goods. It is vital that we develop awareness regarding everything we purchase, consume, and dispose of and that we plan an integrative holistic approach to protect Earth’s ecosystems so that we may continue to benefit from them. Resources must be used sustainably to satisfy societal needs while supporting habitat and environment. To protect the world, and our future, we must develop awareness and knowledge of ecosystem components and support sustainable practices.
How can we support integrative holistic environmental practices? It begins at home and spreads into the community and beyond. Buy less stuff. Buy recycled, secondhand, used, and thrift store items first. Vote with your dollar, and when buying new, support sustainable practices and technologies. Just say no to plastic bags; save every bit of plastic and recycle it at your nearest grocery store. If possible, compost your vegetable scraps and make soil. Grow vegetables. Be conscious of your use of resources. Walk to do your errands. Notice. Not a little here and there, but a lot; be proactive.
It’s wonderful to implement a new healthy practice in one’s life. Use the opportunity to notice the interconnectivity between that new practice and other aspects of your life and the environment. An integrative holistic approach extends beyond personal health and the environment; it is applicable to everything. Notice that a smile begets a smile, etcetera. Be present, and identify and implement ways to better connect to self, others, animals, and ecosystems. This is not about perfection, which is fleeting; it’s about striving, which is meaningful.
Integrate a holistic healthy lifestyle with holistic healthy resource management to promote optimal conditions for our beloved and productive environment and ourselves. Connect the dots, be aware, and notice the interconnectivity of the world.
Deborah Tosline’s education and work experience is in science, where hypotheses are tested through observation and experiments. She has two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in geology and one in ecology. Deborah wrote the book Skin Remodeling DIY: An Introduction to the Underground World of Skin Care. Her approach to skin care is based on that scientific background and a love of research. Deborah has studied and practiced DIY skin care for three decades. She has integrated skin rejuvenation into a lifelong holistically healthy lifestyle and proactively supports environmentally sustainable technologies and conservationism.