Dr. Christine Sauer MD ND is a German-trained physician and naturopath, as well as a gastrointestinal disease specialist, currently working as a Holistic Brain and Mental Health Professional, Coach, and Educator. Her own struggles with chronic pain, weight loss, and mental health issues have led her to dedicate her life to improving the gut health and brain/mental health of others and enabling them to drop unwanted pounds – all with natural means. She wrote #1 bestselling books, and lectures on the topics and coaches individuals, groups as well as families. As “The Doctor who Knows how You Feel” she is known to make a lasting impression and positive difference in the lives of her clients and followers.
We all want to live our best life. The issue seems to be that there are always roadblocks coming along, circumstances that life throws our way that derail our best intentions.
It is time to check if you are truly living your best professional life – and your best personal life – in all 5 dimensions – physical, mental, social, financial, and spiritual.
You will see how this approach to true individualized whole-person health can positively impact healthcare costs for families, employees and corporate healthcare plans.
The 5 Dimensions of Health and Life
We all are multidimensional beings. And we like to separate similar issues in a category. I have done that with whole-person health.
If all dimensions or determinants of health are in an ideal state and in balance we live in homeostasis, resulting in heightened quality of life and happiness.
Here are examples of what I mean by each dimension of health and life: (not complete)
Physical Health means the functioning of our physical body, the organ systems, the mechanical parts, biochemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and more.
Examples of issues that need to be looked at in the physical dimension are:
- Lab Testing
- Air Quality
- Physical Illnesses
- Immune System Health
- Blood Sugar Levels
- Sexual Function
This is generally understood to encompass feelings, emotions, beliefs, values, thoughts, schemas, and mental patterns.
But have you ever thought about what it really means? Mental health is much more than just what we think is going on in our minds, or what we think about. Here are some examples of determinants of mental health.
- Body image
- Emotional Trauma
- Emotional Abuse
- Sense of Control/Power
- Being submissive
- Responsibility for self
- Leadership of Self
- Generational History
- Sense of Hope
- Experienced Stress
- Sexual Satisfaction
- Sense of Fun
- Sense of Humor
Humans are Social Beings. We thrive of being part of a group, of a community. Many factors go into how we function in relation to our own self and others outside of us, be it family, friends, acquaintances or strangers. Here are issues that need to be looked at when assessing this dimension
- Sexual Relationships
- Toxic Relationships
- Loving Others
- Dealing with Loss and Grief
- Sense of Connection
- Sense of Belonging
- Partnership Quality
- Abuse in Relationship
- Stress from Work and Life Environment and others
- Loss of a partner
- School Success
- Work-Life Integration?
- Leadership of others
- Information Sources
- Health Habits of Friends/Family
- Illness of Friends/Family
- Dealing with difficult people
- Relationship with pets and animals and the environment
- Satisfaction at Work
- Cultural Issues
- Intergenerational Trauma (e.g. holocaust)
In our modern world, we are no longer growing or making everything we need to live. We are dependent on a monetary system to buy necessary resources. A steady source of income means feeling secure, not having to be afraid of going hungry, losing a safe place to live, and being able to afford the lifestyle we desire and deserve. Here are factors that influence our functioning in this dimension and directly – or indirectly – our health
- Basic Security
- Having enough Food
- Security of Home – Avoid Homelessness
- Having enough saved for retirement
- Having enough saved for emergencies
- Affordable healthcare available
- Afford supplements
- Afford prescription medications
- Afford Transportation
- Afford a healthy environment (air pollution, water pollution etc.)
- Afford healthy food
- Afford education
- Work-Life Integration
- Leadership issues
- Saving Habits
- Spending Habits
- Giving to others/ charitable spending
- Financial Risk Taking
- Lending – Debt
The spiritual dimension of health is often neglected in modern medicine and often left to clergy that are most often not trained to deal with the intersection of spirituality of health. In this dimension we also many charlatans, but also many serious and effective healers in the spiritual or, as they often call themselves “energy” dimension. Spirituality, whether in the context of organized religion or not, is one of the most human issues and one that hasn’t been researched well by science, in part because the effectiveness of spiritual interventions is very hard to quantify with the currently available means of science. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in the future, we see many more studies evaluating the efficiency of health interventions targeting this dimensions.
- Sense of meaning
- Does my life matter?
- Why am I here on this planet?
- Taking Risks
- Who am I accountable to?
- Connection to past generations
- Connections to future generations
- connection to the environment/earth/planet
- connection to higher power?
- Religion and Spirituality
- Energy healing in all its variants
How do we do a truly holistic assessment to inform a truly integrative approach to whole-person leadership, health and wellness?
It is complex, for sure and requires a well-trained practitioner, questionnaires and quite a bit of time to perform properly.
But I think, in the interest of reducing the total cost of healthcare, for ourselves, our families and that of our employees, we need more of it.
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