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What is Whole Body Health for Mental Wellness?

There are different ways to view "mental health"... You might isolate the constellation of thoughts and subconcious forces within the psychology of a person's identity or perhaps you could look directly at the actual health of the organ : Brain

Whole Body Health as it relates to Mental Wellness believes that there is some connection between the health of the whole body and the health of the Brain and vice versa--- that more than just the psychological personality is experiencing problems.

mind . body. soul. 

This "mental health" process is always happening within our life: there is a continuum of wellness and illness- with differing degrees of : ease or disease, stress, distress or peace.

We are human.

WE live in a world that is often contradictory in many ways. You cannot just expect pure bliss all the time- or smooth sailing nor should that be the requirement or prerequisite for "normal" behavior.

As a society we need to become more adept at distinquishing between episodic distress and chronic dysfunction.

we are people with lived experiences. 

we are survivors. caregivers. children of parents with chronic mental illness. parents of children with chronic mental illness. brothers. spouses. 

& we do La Via Sana because WE CARE...

La Via Sana promotes a gentler approach that doesn't just assume an antipsychotic is the first and only solution- but asks the society to look deeper to see if other alternative therapies might work just as well. *studies have actually proven that given the choice between regular talk therapy and drug therapy for clinical depression- talk therapy is MORE effective and has better longterm outcomes*

why is this evidence ignored?

This issue is not Alternative OR Conventional, in our view--- it is more an issue of WHAT exactly is the person suffering from, what is the root cause, and can the doctors be partners to find solutions that lead to FULL living, rather than disability and shame. Its not a question of whether these illnesses actually exist- some people deny that they do- but rather- how can a person heal , how can a  community support that healing process instead of creating more barriers and stigma. AND most importantly, HOW can the person with the illness find community and meaning for their life- and remain engaged as a valuable part of the society we live in.

As a person seeks professional help, it can be very helpful to start a journal where a person can collect information about themselves and become self-aware and open to new lessons, to become their own advocate for health and wellness. Recovery truly begins with the person at the center of the crisis. Caregivers and family can support, but the real work of discovering answers really does come from the person seeking to make their own changes.

La Via Sana does not assume we have all the answers, far from it... but we support the idea that Recovery is possible, HOPE is real, and with God, true healing is possible!

At no time, is anything on this website intended to replace face-to-face professionals, or are we interested in being contraversial towards the healthcare profession, but rather to supply helpful and inspiring resources that can help a person view their situation with more hopeful expectations. 

Growth & Change are hard paths to take... but healing is possible...

Illness is not an identity.

It is a challenge.

It is not who the person is.

Don't Give Up!


Recovering Control

The SERENITY PRAYER :

God grant me the courage to change what I can,

Serenity to accept the things I cannot control,

and wisdom to know the difference.

Don't Give Up! It can be helpful to journal about key areas in our lifestyle to find the connections and patterns....

  • Sleep Hygiene - the pattern of behavior surrounding bedtime, the routines and habits that can enhance the biological rhythm and create balance, help dream quality, and physical restoration.
  • Nutrition - the pattern of behavior surrounding mealtime, including rituals and habits that can lead to healthy choices, including food education, mindfulness, and gratitude. Nutrition also involves access to whole, real, unprocessed food items 
  • Community being a part of the community that really allows you to reach your potential 
  • Movement - moving the body every day, which can improve breathing, mobility, and energy levels
  • Relaxation & Recreation- activities that allow the brain to have a break, and allows the body to let go of stress, create enjoyable memories and experiences
  • Medication Management - tips and techniques that can make a big difference, information that is crucial to know, and resources. The right to take and the right to ask questions, the right to request less medication and alternatives- and things that can help make this a safe process for the individual.
  • Spiritual Discipline - finding peace & safety within God.

 


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