Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Wellness Modalities You Can Use at Home

While mental health is often focused on improving emotional wellness, there is often overlap with other domains of wellness such as physical, occupational, and social wellness. Traditional forms of medicine and psychotherapy also often overlap with various types-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine. Examples include bodywork such as chiropractic medicine, massage, yoga, and tai chi; energy work examples include reiki or healing energy. Traditional alternative medicine such as acupuncture and homeopathy.

• Did you know that more than 50% of adults in the United States report using some form of alternative-medicine?

Since many people are now working from home, it is so important to be able to stay healthy and grounded at home. One way to help do so is by practicing-wellness-while-you-stay-at-home.

Here are some examples of both traditional and complementary alternative wellness modalities you can use at home:

Focus on Mindful Eating/ Nutrition. A balanced nutritious diet is key as well as reminders to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. A consultation with a nutritionist or naturopathic specialist can help with integrating healthy eating at home. Incorporating mindfulness– slowing down to prepare and enjoy eating food are also strategies to try.

Integrate Movement. Calming movement such as stretching, yoga, or tai chi is soothing for mental wellness. Fun cardio movement that incorporates dance and upbeat music can help uplift mood and energize.

Incorporate Meditation. Meditation can be incorporated with many other modalities such as visualization, guided imagery, breathwork, nature, and spirituality.

Sleep Hygiene: Create a sleep routine that incorporates self-care and promotes restful sleep. A warm cup of tea, essential oils, using black-out curtains, or a relaxing bath before bed are strategies than can help.

Get Creative & Customize Your Environment: Have fun and get creative. Surround yourself with things that promote good self-care. It may be a minimal clean space with plants, a colorful space with artwork, or a relaxing spa-like environment with soothing sounds and scent.

For more wellness ideas:
Click here for a free PDF resource Creating a Healthier Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

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Written By: Charlotte Johnson, MA, LPCC

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