Health: Holistic Health Part Two

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PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) –  Last week I discussed mental health, but I did not really discuss emotional health. 

This is because a guest columnist, psychologist Maud Montmeat leave in will cover emotional and other aspects of psychosocial health. There will also be maternal and child health articles written by Celina Szwinta , who is the midwife manager of Khema Clinic. Their pieces will appear in the next few weeks, so keep reading.

Holistic Health, Part Two: Social Health

Holistic medicine is based on the belief that unconditional love and support is the most powerful healer, and a person is ultimately responsible for his or her own health and well-being. So, in order to be truly healthy, we must first look at all aspects of our being.

What is social health?

Social health is our ability to form satisfying interpersonal relationships with others. This also relates to how we adapt comfortably to different social situations and whether we act appropriately in a variety of settings.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs explains that in order to fulfill our dreams we must first satisfy other basic needs – food, clothing, shelter – in our lives.

Developing relationships

Research shows that most people need about a minimum of five close relationships for a happy, healthy social health.  To develop good relationships, we must first be able to accept and love ourselves. 

Be respectful and trustworthy in your relationships.
Learn to accept and love yourself.
Be true to yourself.

 
Healthy and supportive relationships

When we have happy and supportive relationships, we are healthier. These relationships can help us overcome illness and disease. It is also important to stop having unhealthy relationships. 

Trust – Is the most important ingredient in a relationship, as is being able to have faith in yourself and your friends/family.
Compassion – Consideration for the physical and emotional well-being of others is essential.
Respect – Value the relationship and make the effort to spend time with your loved ones. 
Acceptance – Accept yourself and love others as they are, don’t try to change people.
Reciprocity – Be able to give and take. Feel the love when you give back in your relationships.
Surround yourself with good strong people.
Avoid unhealthy relationships that drain you.  

 
Getting the support that you need

Sometimes it is easier to help others and forget about our own problems. But you cannot avoid facing your own issues. In times of trouble, this is when you realize who your real friends are:

Ask if you need help. People cannot help if they are unaware of problems that you have.
Talk with your loved ones, sometimes sharing can help ease the load of pressure and you may find a solution together.
Share the good and the bad equally.

 
Become involved in your community

Get motivated and get out there. Do something you have always thought about doing. Try it once, you might enjoy it.

Find something you enjoy doing, such as a hobby.
Join a club or an organization. 
Discover your passion.

 
Help other people

You receive more social support, with improved social health, when you help other people:

Volunteer and help others less fortunate.
Offer emotional support to those who need it.
Give back to sociely , a healthy community helps each other.

 
Discover your passion and enlighten your world.

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