Basic Nursing: Foundations of Skills and Concepts Chapter 1 HOLISTIC CARE
Health & Holistic Health Health is the physical well-being of the person. Holistic health addresses all aspects of life (physical, social, cultural, spiritual, etc.) as an integrated whole.
Health is a Personal Choice Each person has control over his or her own health.
Wellness: The maintenance of personal health through a constellation of sound choices and lifestyle designs. Wellness is a holistic measure of health.
The Five Aspects of Wellness 1. Physical Wellness 2. Intellectual Wellness 3. Psychological Wellness 4. Spiritual Wellness 5. Sociocultural Wellness
Physical Wellness requires: • Good grooming • Proper body mechanics • Good posture • Refraining from smoking and the use of drugs and alcohol • And adequate nutrition, sleep, rest, relaxation and exercise.
Intellectual Wellness requires: • The ability to function as an independent person • Clear thinking and problem-solving skills • Good judgment • A desire to learn
Psychological Wellness requires: • Understanding your emotions. • Enjoying your own creativity. • Maintaining a positive attitude that you convey to your patients
Spiritual Wellness requires: • Hope • Inner strength • A loving attitude • Acceptance • Forgiveness
Sociocultural Wellness requires: An ability to appreciate the needs of others regardless of their: • Age • Race • Language • Economic status • Customs • Family • Religion • Tribe • Political Orientation • Bias
Nurses need to be Self-aware. To best meet the needs of their clients, they must understand themselves. A nurse’s personal feelings,attitudes, and needs should never interfere with the client’s needs.
Self-Awareness: A conscious recognition at any specific moment of what you… • think • feel • believe • and how you behave
Nurture Yourself! • The demands of clients, employers, and coworkers can cause stress for the nurse. • Those who don’t nurture themselves will suffer stress symptoms and illnesses.
Self-Nurturing Tips • Develop activities to recharge your body, mind and spirit. • Make time for fun. Any activity that brings happiness or joy is beneficial • Schedule a few minutes each day for pleasure.