The Holistic approach

Blog by Lauren O'Sullivan at SportsmassageOS

People often see holistic health as a spiritual concept but I ask you to view it as a tool that can be used collaboratively with any Western medicine and treatment you may need. Western medicine has gone through amazing advances and can cure so many ailments and problems that we face. However, it often doesn’t go past ‘fixing’ the specific problem, usually physical, leaving the rest of our body a bit lost and stuck playing catch up. To heal holistically think about how you can help those other parts of yourself that may have become neglected. For example you could consider massage, therapy, yoga, meditation, good nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, osteopathy, reiki...the list goes on. Not all of these will work for you so take time to experiment and see what does.


  • Sleep for 8 hours a night. I can’t stress how important sleep is for your body.

  • Move your body for 30 minutes every day. And for goodness sake, move JOYFULLY. (If you are exerting energy throughout the day that whole sleeping thing will become easier).

  • Give your body time to rest and recover – this could include complimentary therapies like massage, osteopathy and acupuncture.

  • Eat a nutrient rich diet that places emphasis on plant-based foods. Limit highly processed foods.

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption


  • Keep your mind active. Feed your brain with new knowledge, it hates to be stagnant.

  • Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants will contribute to good cognitive function.

  • Healthy gut = healthy mind. Consume both pro-biotics and pre-biotics.


  • Seek out therapy when needed. This can be essential and should not be judged or feared.

  • Practice mindfulness. This can be done however feels best to you: journaling, meditation, morning pages, or simply setting aside time in your day to check in.

  • Recommended reading/listening: Brene Brown (Daring Greatly), Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way and creator of 'morning pages'), Inside Out Theory podcast (can be found on itunes and Spotify)


  • Make time for in-person connection. Not ideal in our current situation but we have another gift: time. Call someone and chat to them with no time limit.

  • Set boundaries with people who bring you toxic energy or increase your stress. They are not helping you, you don’t need them.

  • Connect with your community. At the moment this means a lot of online communities but see this as an opportunity to connect with people and communities that you maybe never would in person.


  • Spend time in nature

  • If you are religious this is your time to practice your faith

  • If you are not religious then perhaps you can take some time to think about your values. Do you even know what your core values are? Are you putting them into practice in all aspects of your life?

Look at your life as a whole: life s a whole: Physically, mentally, emotionally, socially & spiritually. It’s not just about you internally but rather how you may also be affected by your environment too. Blog by Lauren O'Sullivan,



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