Using Holistic Methods for Better Mental Health

Reviewed Apr 8, 2017


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Holistic methods may be helpful in reducing:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Depression

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Holistic methods are those used to take care of the whole person. This means more than treating the body. It includes a person’s mind and spirit as well. The methods can also be used to help one’s mental health.

A few of the methods are:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Massage
  • Hypnosis

Yoga is an eastern practice that joins poses, meditation and special breathing skills. Yoga can be used to help with overall movement and fitness. It also can help with a healthier mindset. Yoga is thought to help with stress, worry, mood, and depression.

Yoga began in India as a spiritual practice. Today many people in the U.S. use it to work out. Yoga classes are widely used to keep in shape and relax the mind.

Meditation is a mental technique that is often used with yoga. It can also be used by itself as a way of letting go of worry and stress. It is sometimes used to treat issues such as trouble with sleep and low moods.

Some research suggests that it improves the mind’s skill to focus. It is also thought to calm a person’s nervous system. All it calls for is a quiet setting and focused thinking. The Hindu practice of Transcendental Meditation includes chanting as a way to focus.

Massage involves touching a person’s body. This is done using special touching and rubbing techniques. It is widely used in sports to help with pain and rehab. Despite the hands-on technique, massage helps with mental well-being too. Massage is a simple and instant method of stress relief. In fact, some massage patients become so relaxed they fall asleep during the session.

Studies have shown massage may lower heart rate and blood pressure. It may help with worry and depression as well. It is believed that massage helps block a person’s pain signals. It also may help let loose chemicals that help mood. These include endorphins and serotonin.

Hypnosis is a mind-control method that is often not understood. It does not involve the control over a person. Instead, it is the control of a person over her own mind. A person is in an altered awareness. During this time, he is thought to be more open to ideas. It is often used to treat widely found fears. Some claim it can also help a person quit smoking or overusing alcohol. A person may be hypnotized by a trained person or taught how to do it for himself.

Keep in mind

Holistic treatments should never be used instead of standard health practices. You should always check with your doctor before starting any of these methods. More research is needed to prove how well these methods work for mental health.


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By Kevin Rizzo ©2011-2017 Beacon Health Options Source: The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine,; The American Cancer Society,

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