Have you ever had a conversation with your friends about how you stay healthy? Most likely, you are talking about your physical health. However, staying healthy should involve a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy soul. You can’t have one kind of health without having the other two. It doesn’t work like that.
Living a holistic lifestyle involves seeing the bigger picture when it comes to yourself. Unfortunately, many people believe that living holistically means only using natural remedies.
Holistic living = a mindset
A holistic lifestyle is a mindset. It’s about living your life with intention. It’s not just about natural remedies and how you can use plants for healing, all though that can certainly be a part of a holistic lifestyle.
Have you ever thought about what you actually eat? How much you exercise? Do you spend time in nature regularly (every day)?
Living a holistic lifestyle means that you take care of your WHOLE self. Your whole self, or your entire self, means your body, mind, emotions, and your soul/spirituality. As human beings, we are complex beings that are affected by many different factors (source).
Nutrition, exercise and physical activity, mindfulness, stress and anxiety levels and knowing how to properly develop a mind-body connection are all important aspects of a holistic lifestyle.
If you are feeling anxious or stressed about work, it can eventually turn into physical discomfort such as headaches and muscle tension, if you don’t do anything about it.
Treating your mental and emotional health is just as important as treating your physical health. Even though many people don’t believe it, there is definitely a connection between your physical health and your mental/emotional health (source).
Being able to live your best life, means that you aren’t simply surviving. You are not just existing. Living your best life means that you are thriving, and you are your best self because you are taking care of yourself.
What does it mean to live a holistic lifestyle?
In general terms, holistic healing means that you are promoting mind, body and spirit wellness and wellbeing.In general terms, holistic healing means that you are promoting mind, body and spirit wellness and wellbeing. Click To Tweet
The focus point of a holistic lifestyle is balance and harmony. According to holistic health practitioners, your body is made up of five different dimensions and aspects:
All of these four dimensions should always be balanced and working together in harmony.
Let’s say that your mental health is suffering because you have been extremely stressed at work lately. This will eventually affect the rest of your dimensions, if not treated properly. It could affect your physical health by daily headaches that can turn into chronic headaches.
Holistic healing practices/therapies
Holistic health practitioners look at healing strategies to include all five dimensions and aspects mentioned above. This way they can address the actual root of the problem if one dimension is out of balance.
Another example could be that you are feeling extremely anxious because of an upcoming exam in college or High School. Your anxiety can manifest physically by you sweating or feeling very tense in your shoulders.
A holistic health practitioner could give you breathing and relaxation techniques to relieve your anxiety and this way you will bring back balance and harmony in all of your dimensions (source).
Living a holistic lifestyle is about making the right choices for you. You, and only you, are completely responsible for your own health and wellbeing. You adopt habits that will help you live a wholesome and beautiful life. Living a holistic lifestyle means that you are on a journey to love and accept yourself.Living a holistic lifestyle is about making the right choices for you. You, and only you, are completely responsible for your own health and wellbeing. You adopt habits that will help you live a wholesome and beautiful life. Click To Tweet
There are many ways you can embrace a holistic lifestyle and include alternative therapies. Holistic therapies can include, but are not limited to:
- Crystal healing
- Cupping therapy
- Music therapy
- Nutritional healing and supplements
- Sound therapy
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
As you can probably already tell, all of these alternative therapies are completely natural.
NOTE: There is no prescribed medication involved in any of these holistic therapies. However, it is always advisable to ask your doctor or therapist about the practices before you implement any of them.
How are the mind, body, and soul connected?
It has been said that a healthy mind will create a healthy body, and a healthy body is essential if you want a healthy mind. You cannot have one without the other.
Our childhood years have a huge impact on our mental health in the present. What we experienced in our childhood will later become our core values in adult life. These values are the foundation of which we choose to act upon in our present.
Feeling stressed or anxious can also manifest in physical symptoms (source). You may have experienced sweaty hands when anxious or nervous about a test in school, you may have had a faster heartbeat, a headache that doesn’t go away, tense shoulders, feeling restless. If your mental health and mind is unbalanced, you will experience physical symptoms.
A holistic approach means treating the mind, body, and spirit. Remember that there is always a reason for that headache you had yesterday or the day before yesterday. There is a reason why your shoulders are tense, and why you have sweaty palms. Your body doesn’t react randomly like this without any reason.
Let’s say you get an appointment with your doctor because you have had bad migraines and headaches for the last few weeks. A holistic doctor will not just send you home with a prescription of painkillers. He or she will look into all of the potential factors that may be causing your headache. He or she may look into other health problems, your diet, and your sleep schedule/habits, stress levels at work or in school, etc.
A holistic health practitioner will look at the bigger picture of you and not just accept that you have a headache.
Physical reactions in your body is your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong or not quite right with your deeper emotions. No matter how much you are trying to ignore your emotions.
Benefits of embracing holistic healing and health
Implementing and using some of the above-mentioned holistic therapies can have many wonderful benefits. Benefits such as:
- Balancing your heart rate and blood pressure
- Managing pain such as headaches
- Ease muscle tension, such as tense shoulders and neck
- Improving sleep quality
- Inner peace
- Getting rid of negative emotions
- Building up resilience to stress and anxiety
- Release toxic habits and addictions
- Better connection to your intuition
- Hearing your soul’s calling
- Discover what you believe in/your faith
- Living with intention and mindfulness
- Knowing your true nature
As mentioned above the 5 dimensions of your health are all equally important. Keep reading to find out how you can embrace a holistic lifestyle in a powerful way.
19 powerful ways YOU can embrace a holistic lifestyle!
The ultimate end-goal of a holistic lifestyle is to bring your mind, body, and spirit into harmony and balance.The ultimate end-goal of a holistic lifestyle is to bring your mind, body, and spirit into harmony and balance. Click To Tweet
It’s to encourage your inner self to find peace and shine through. Getting rid of negative emotions and toxic habits to replace with positivity and self-love will help you see a whole new side of yourself.
All 5 aspects of a holistic lifestyle (physical, spiritual, mental, emotional and social) are a part of a truly healthy and happy life. You can embrace a holistic lifestyle by improving the way you live in each of these categories.
If you tend to ignore your emotional health and your mental health, there are ways you can improve these areas.
Let’s split them up and find out how exactly we can live holistically in every category.
Most people talk about their physical health when they have a conversation about staying healthy. Your physical body is much easier to understand, track and measure compared to mental and emotional signs.
It’s much easier to find a way you can stay healthy physically. Here’s a few ways to stay physically healthy:
- Eating a healthy diet – How you chose to eat and what you put in your mouth affects your health. An unhealthy diet is associated with major health risks, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even certain types of cancer (source).
- Sleeping for 7-8 hours every night – getting enough sleep every night plays an essential role in your physical (and mental) health. Insomnia (not getting enough sleep) can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc (source).
- Exercising for 30 minutes to 1 hour every day – exercising every day will exhaust you physically and it will help you sleep better at night. If your body is physically tired, it will need rest in order to restore for the next day. This is where a good night’s sleep comes in.
- No smoking, alcohol or drugs – drinking and smoking is something that can seriously mess with both your physical and mental health. So can drugs. It’s ok to have a glass of wine or two at a party certainly, but don’t drink something every day. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and stay far away from cigarettes.
You don’t have to believe in God or even start believing in God in order to become spiritual. There is absolutely no need to believe in any religion in this part. Your spiritual health focuses on how you are able to connect with your inner soul. And also, on the world around you.
Here’s a few ways to support your spiritual health:
- Spend more time in nature
- Learn to meditate and start doing it regularly
- Practice your faith (if you are religious)
Our mental health is often overlooked and not taken seriously. Our emotional health refers to our daily mood and emotions, while our mental health refers to our cognitive abilities.
- Keep your mind active – seek out learning opportunities and problem-solving practices to challenge your brain. Udemy and Skillshare both have excellent courses on everything you can possibly imagine.
- Eating a healthy diet – just like your physical body needs a healthy diet, so does your mental health/brain. Your brain is a muscle that works 24/7. It requires a constant supply of “fuel”. This fuel is the food you chose to eat. Simply put: whatever you put in your mouth will affect your brain and mental health. Don’t eat crap! Eating high-quality foods consisting of a full range of vegetables, fruit, legumes, fish, whole grains, nuts, avocado, healthy oils, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants will nourish your brain and mental health and protect it from oxidative stress.
- Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption – your mental health and your brain will thank you for not drinking heavily too often, for not smoking and taking drugs. All of this will also affect your mental health, just like it affects your physical health.
- Improving your gut health – you can improve your gut health with prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods (source). There is definitely a connection between your gut health and your overall wellbeing. If there is an unhealthy number of bacteria in your gut, it can cause several diseases.
Our emotional health is just as important as our physical health. Our emotional health can essentially affect our physical health if we don’t prioritize our emotions. Here’s how you can support your mental health:
- Indulge in self-care
- Practice mindfulness such as meditation and breathing techniques to reduce stress
- Start journaling
- Practice gratitude
- Seek out therapy if you think you can benefit from talking to someone about your emotions
People who are truly happy have deep connections with their family, friends and their surrounding community. Religion and faith can in many cases be connected with feeling happy because it often provides a deep sense of belonging, community, and support. No matter what faith it is.
Here’s how you can support your social health:
- Make sure you spend time with your friends. Talk, laugh and be merry. Don’t spend your time on social media during the time with your friends. Be present.
- Try getting involved in your local community – this can be through church, volunteer organizations, book clubs, etc.
- Do you have toxic people in your life? Even if it is some of your closest family members, don’t be afraid to walk away from relationships that are negatively affecting your health.
How are you embracing a holistic lifestyle?
There are many aspects of a holistic lifestyle, and it can feel a bit overwhelming when you are just starting out. In this article, you get 19 powerful and proven ways to start embracing a holistic lifestyle.In this article, you get 19 powerful and proven ways to start embracing a holistic lifestyle. Click To Tweet
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