Lifestyle-focused health programs are growing in interest throughout Western society, and a range of lifestyle factors are known to enhance both physical and mental health. However, it remains largely unknown as to whether this approach is salient for the Asian context. The major components of integrative lifestyle-focused health programs to enhance mental and physical health are considered to include the evidence-based adoption of physical activity and exercise, dietary modification, general psychoeducation, adequate relaxation/sleep and social interaction, use of mindfulness techniques, the reduction of substance use, attention of intersecting environmental factors, and the potential use of motivation and goal-setting techniques. This paper outlines an overview of the evidence underpinning these elements, and discusses potential barriers and challenges, and what logistical considerations may need to be addressed in the implementation of such programs within the context of Asian cultures.
Sarris, J., Nishi, D., Xiang, Y-T., Su, K-P., Bannatyne, A. J., Oliver, G., Kua, E-H., & Ng, C. H. (2015). Implementation of psychiatric-focused lifestyle medicine programs in Asia. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 7(4), 345-354. https://doi.org/10.1111/appy.12212