How does one define wellness? A commonly accepted notion is that wellness consists of many aspects that contributes to our well-being such as, a healthy diet, exercise, mindfulness, meditation, healthy sleeping habits, planetary healing, etc. In this day and age where wellness has taken over most people’s lives, it is important to recognise its merits in giving science a helping hand (and vice versa) when it comes to improving our quality of life.
Use wellness as a foundation, science as a backup
Improving your eating choices, learning how to manage your stress levels through mediation or yoga, training regularly, and getting enough sleep are some of the simple ways you can introduce wellness in your life. With a strong foundation of wellness, you may find yourself making lesser trips to the doctor. When you do need to go, you may find yourself bouncing back faster than you would with other holistic alternatives.
Wellness and science can go hand in hand
If I am down with a flu, for example, I would go to the doctor for treatment. At the same time, I would ensure that I get enough rest, proper nutrition (probably up my fruit and vegetable intake) and probably meditate to release any pent-up stress. Does this mean that I no longer trust my doctor’s advice to get me through this? Not at all. What I’m doing on the wellness end is to aid in and optimise my medical recovery and make myself as comfortable as possible. The success of any one method doesn’t have to come at the exclusion of the other.
Wellness isn’t an end-all be-all solution (neither is science)
What works for you may not work for someone else. Individuality aside, the truth is that there are several issues plaguing both the wellness and medical industry. To consider one to be superior over the other would be extremely short-sighted to say the least. However, the beauty of the situation is that each one covers up the flaws of the other almost perfectly. Finding your harmony between both holistic and science-backed methods of wellness will allow you to see more success as opposed to just sticking with one.
Do what works best for you
If you feel that practices like reiki helps you to deal with stress as you undergo treatment for anxiety or depression, then by all means go for it! Bolstering your diet with salmon or chia seeds, or any other foods which have been touted as brain foods isn’t a bad idea either! It doesn’t mean that you are anti-science. The state of the mind is a crucial yet often understated component of recovery, so taking actions that resonate with your beliefs and convictions will do more to help you than blind adherence.
Just remember, before you do anything alongside your existing medical treatment, check to make sure that it does not put you in any risk of exacerbating your current condition. If you wish to say, drink herbal tea while you are on your cough medicine, it is best to check with your doctor if the tea might conflict or interact badly with your prescription. As long as your doctor gives you the green light, don’t be ashamed of supplementing science with wellness!