Mental Health: A Holistic Perspective
This is the official Evolve Senior Solutions, LLC blog by Danielle Harris.
Mental health overall is something we ignore. I am not sure if it is because we are not aware of the impact and importance mental health has on/in our lives and on our health, but it is something I want to discuss and I am pretty passionate about. Recently, many famous people have began to speak out about mental health and even began to start up organizations to help with awareness.
Many people are living with mental health conditions. I believe that like diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma we as nurses should educate patients on how to manage mental health conditions.
• Brain functioning and chemicals
• Immune system function
• Physical condition
• Upbringing (nurture)
• Social and emotional intelligence
• Interpersonal relationships
• Intrapersonal relationship with self and self-awareness
• History of past traumas
• Subconscious programming
• Social determinants
Unfortunately, mental health services are under-funded and unsupported. This brings up the importance of voting, but that's a entirely different topic.
Many patients living with mental health conditions are shunned, made fun of, ignored, laughed at, and stereotyped by society. Even in some recent events some people have been killed while in a mental health crisis. Those things in itself says we need more education on mental health conditions. Mental health conditions are not understood by many, and in many cases, not understood or nurtured by our caring profession. Mental health nursing, in my opinion, is the responsibility of all nurses. However, fortunately we have nurses who specialize in this area as well.
General safety information: Always inform your health care professionals involved in your care about complementary interventions you are using. Do not take any essential oils internally (in your mouth). Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. Do not apply citrus oils to skin, even undiluted, and expose self to the sun. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapist. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and seniors. Also review: https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety/general-safety-guidelines
I have used essential oils for years. I recently decided to embark on furthering my education into the world of aromatherapy, which is the use of essential oils for physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.
I am now a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and I will work to incorporate essential oils into my practice as a RN and Aging Life Care Professional (www.evolveseniorsolutionsllc.com).
For this blog post, I would like to focus on anxiety. I am aware there are many mental health conditions, but my recent encounter and readings have inspired me to focus on anxiety, there will be more in the future 😊
During times of change, anxiety levels rise. Aromatherapy is a wonderful healing tool to help relieve anxiety. How do I know? Because I have experienced the benefits in my own journey with anxiety. My mother has experienced the benefits in her journey with anxiety and depression.
Many may not know about anxiety, there are different types, so for some helpful resources, please read, in order to educate yourself and help others or even yourself: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961 | https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-conditions/index.shtml
Anxiety is caused by many different issues. It manifests in many different forms, as well. But usually the catalyst for anxiety is some form of stress.
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