Friday 22 October 2021 at 11:57am

Is there ever one simple trick for wellbeing?

There's never one simple trick for wellbeing

“What I’ve learned in my years of holistic practice is that there’s rarely one simple trick for wellbeing. You have to look at the whole person.” 

By Dr Minha Rajput-Ray

I’m sure you’ve seen those adverts on social media? The ones that promise you the moon by using one simple trick for wellbeing or weight loss or productivity.

To be realistic, often these claims ARE simply too good to be true. The truth is that real wellbeing can’t ever be created by a single life hack. If it could, we’d all have the physical and mental health we dreamed of already!

My role as a Holistic Doctor is to help patients navigate through the maze of injury and illness. Being able to implement long term health goals towards sustainable wellbeing.

This comes from taking a look at every aspect of a person’s life and making sure that, one at a time, the majority of the decisions support their wellbeing aims.

A person’s journey towards being the best version of themselves is more successful if they have a supportive community around them (become a member of The Rising Network for a ready-made supportive community of like-minded women!).

A person’s environment (e.g. workplace) can also have a significant impact on outcomes.

Re-balance your wellbeing

If you need to re-balance, don’t search for that one simple trick for wellbeing. You need to look at the whole picture. The Hierarchy of Needs presents this very well:

In summary:

  • Pay attention to Diet, Sleep, Movement and Mind. This is an excellent baseline to start from, and indeed very much the first steps to ‘reset’ for patients that I see in clinic.
  • Listen to your Body: The body will signal to you (a bit like a smoke detector), when you are out of balance. Sometimes, you might experience physical challenges that divert your attention away from what you’d really like to focus on. For others, you may experience a mental load which leads into unhealthy patterns of thoughts or behaviours.
  • Be conscious of your environment: The stress and anxiety you feel at work may be partially to do with your work environment. But it may equally be a symptom of imbalance in other parts of your life.

Starting at the base, create a foundation, trying out positive changes for each part you think you need to improve. Start Investing in Yourself today !

Get support in making your plan

Once you’ve got your focus areas, join one of The Rising Network’s monthly Personal Development Planning sessions to get your wellbeing plan rolling.

These sessions are not just for professional development! You can use them to make a plan that supports every aspect of your life and enables you to thrive in the life you choose. Find out when the next one is happening.

Dr Minha Rajput-Ray

Dr Minha is a conventionally trained doctor with 20 years experience as a Registered Osteopath and Naturopath. Her unique combination of knowledge and skill bridges conventional medicine with holistic modalities. She provides Innovative Solutions for Pain, Chronic Disease and Work Health at Curaidh Clinic and is committed to guiding patients, families and carers from injury and illness to sustainable wellness.