What does holistic living mean?
Living a holistic lifestyle can be interpreted in many ways and can be unique to each person. Essentially, it means looking at oneself as a whole being, instead of compartmentalizing. Through this lens, there is an acknowledgement of interconnectedness of various facets of health: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Each blend with one another and affect us no matter how much we try to separate them. Holistic living brings balance and understanding of health from all perspectives. Yes, there are many misconceptions about holistic lifestyles; but when implemented you see that it is solely about living your best, fullest, most whole life.
Why is it important?
We are constantly told that living a holistic lifestyle is important and beneficial. While people are living longer, they are also experiencing chronic levels of stress and fatigue, consuming nutrient depleted foods, and exposed to hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals in environment/daily products. Along with added situational stressors, this can all contribute to health complications and various illnesses. With all these obstacles, it can be easy to find ourselves disconnected.
Adopting a holistic approach to your body, mind and soul, can help support our beings from these uncontrollable stressors. It can also benefit your relationships, make you more patient, understanding, loving, and generally help you to become more present in your daily life. When you live holistically, you are showing up each day in a way that is congruent with your deepest values and goals.
Here are 10 ways to help you reach a more holistic-relaxed lifestyle:
1 – Practice Mindfulness
Living more in the moment. Trying to look at things from an objective point of view.
2 – Recognize/Respect powers of your body
Believe and respect your body as a temple. It is much more capable than you may think.
3 – Eat Clean Foods
Feed your body with the correct/balanced nutrients to help keep it strong and healthy.
4 – Positive Relationships
Surround yourself with positive energy and people who promote/inspire good health.
5 – Recycle Energy
When there is no need to push yourself to the limit, stop before burnout. Conserve energy for yourself.
6 – Leave Room to Grow
Take time to grow. There will be periods of growth and it’s okay to reserve space for that.
7 – Connect
Get in contact with other who are on the same page as you. Build a community you can rely on.
8 – Be Active
Keep your body moving; even if it’s only for 30 minutes a day. Take a walk, go out for a jog, go to a yoga class.
9 – Meditate
Sit down, relax, and focus on your breathing. This is proven to be very effective for stress management and remaining in the present.
10 - Be Aware
Be aware of your surroundings and try to make the best of any given situation.