The 5 Aspects of Holistic Health

Written by Nancy

Holistic health takes a whole-person approach to an individual’s wellbeing. The approach explores the tangible and intangible components that make up a person, i.e., emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, and physical and mental, and how they might be interdependent.

Here’s an exploration into all five of these parts.

1. Emotional

Poor management of negative emotions has been associated with poor physical and mental health. It’s also related to poor interpersonal relationships. In this instance, brain/body connection can be explained by chronic stress.

Negative attitudes may result in chronic stress, which might, in turn:

  • Cause hormonal imbalance.
  • Slow down the production of feel-good brain chemicals.
  • Hurt the immune system.

2. Social

The link of social interactions with better health has been proven via empirical research. Social ties are associated with reduced stress, heart-related problems, and immune system modulation.

Intimate contact can trigger the release of feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin, which also have several biological perks. For instance, Parkinson’s Disease is linked to the death of serotonergic neurons. By triggering serotonin production, social interactions may prevent the onset of degenerative conditions capitalizing on serotonin depletion.

3. Intellectual

Intellectual health is all about keeping the brain stimulated to prevent it from falling into disuse. It’s about learning new things and keeping most areas of your brain active through different activities, especially as you grow older.

This would prevent your brain from slowing down, keep age-related mental health problems and their impact on your physical health at bay.

4. Spiritual

Spiritual wellbeing is related to better physical health and wellbeing. Different religious and non-religious activities are known to change the brain’s physiology.

For instance, meditation is associated with increased gray matter density, which has several benefits, such as:

  • Higher pain threshold.
  • Immune system modulation.
  • Stress relief

5. Physical and Mental

Some associate physical and mental health with a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI), whereas others believe it’s all about sleeping and eating well, staying on the move, and quitting unhealthy attitudes, such as alcohol consumption and smoking.

Both are true, but only to a certain extent. Every person is different, and they may have different points of transformation that may lead to positive and desired outcomes. Identifying them is the first step in the right direction.

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About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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