With 2020 coming to an end (thank the good Lord), many people have made the decision to live a healthier, more Holistic lifestyle in 2021, for the sake of having a strong immune system, while living through a world wide pandemic. Living a holistic lifestyle is the healthiest lifestyle one can choose to live because, it means you're choosing to live your life and heal your body through natural remedies. Nothing trumphs natural, right?
What's unique about this way of life is you observe everything as a whole. You don't look at sickness or ailment and say it's something physical, you observe the entire picture. The entire body as a whole (mind, body, & soul), as the background or underlying source of the sicknesses and/or ailments can be emotional, psychological, or even spiritual, not just physiological.
Here are 11 valuable steps to help you reach a more holistic, relaxed life:
1. Practice Mindfulness.
Living in the moment is one of the most important values of a holistic lifestyle. Not worryng about what the future brings and trying to make the best out of a situation are valuable skills to have.Try to look at things more objectively, instead of deciding whether it's good or bad right away. If you're having a particularly hard time, try to start taking a daily supplement that boost your cognitive abilities, making it easier to focus. There are many natural, homeopathic ones on the market.
2. Recognize and Respect the Powers of Your Body.
Your body is a temple and connected to the one true Divine source, and you should always take care of it. It's very powerful, more than people realize. It can self heal, develop and give life, and go through hell on Earth (figuratively) - yet still be going strong. Learn how to tap into hidden powers of your body, and use them to your advantage. Try meditation. It helps relax you and helps you feel connected with not only the rest of the world, but more importantly- the Divine. Because in the end, we are all connected. We are all one.
3. Eat Clean.
Eating clean and healthy helps keep your body and immune system strong. Instead of grabbing a burger from a fast food restaurant, try making your meals at home. Not only will it be a healthier option for you, it will also save you money short and long term. Be sure to get fresh vegetables and meat, and be careful when making your selections, making sure to read the ingredients to anything new you may want to try. Homemade food is sure to make you happy. Plus, you get to make it yourself, which means you know exactly what you're putting in it. No mysterious ingredients!
4. Focus on Positive Relationships & Maintaining a High Vibration.
We know everyone can get into a fight with their friends, family, partners, etc. It's inevitable that sometimes things just don't work out, and you're stuck in a loop of arguing. No one wants to apologize and fix the problem, that would mean they admit defeat, right? Wrong! I strongly encourage you to take a different approach, one where you simply get over some things and forgive. Being negative, angry and resentful in life can only lead to a lot of stress and various difficulties, and no one wants that.
In the end, if someone simply doesn't fit into your life anymore, move on. You don't want that negative energy in your life because, it will lower your vibration, and when our vibrations are low that is when we tend to have many negative things happen in our lives, simply because of the negative energy we are attracting while having a low vibration. If your vibration is high then you will only attract positive things into your life. One can raise their vibration by meditating and doing yoga.
5. Use Essential Oils to Help with Common Ailments.
Essential oils can be an absolute lifesaver in many situations. There are a variety of oils that can be used in a few different ways. From diffusing them, diluting them with a carrier oil to apply on your skin, to directly inhaling them from the bottle, they can be used in so many ways, for so many reasons. I will get more in depth with which ones are good for specific ailments etc. in another blog post (quite a few, actually), as well as, the variety of carrier oils you can choose from to use when needed.
6. Let yourself grow.
Too often, people are too stressed and worried about other aspects of life, some beyond their control, and they cannot focus on one subject. If you truly want to live holistically, you will have to go through a period of many changes.You don't have to change drastically, just modify your life and character one step at a time. It will take some time, but you will be a spectator to your progress. Take the time to grow.
7. Love life, and Be Respectful to it in All Forms.
Life is a constant wheel of fortune. Sometimes you're dealt a shitty hand, and sometimes you seem to be winning at life. These are all aspects of life, and you shouldn't feel bad about yourself when you reach a low point. It's life's way of telling you to keep going; you can't have it all handed to you. Sometimes you have to fight for what you want, or work extremely hard to achieve your goals. It's just part of life. Love life no matter what happens, though. Find the silver lining in every dark situation. Be respectful of others, as well. You never know who they might be and how they might help you. And sometimes, they are the ones who need help, so your kind words, or giving hand might be the push they needed to better their situation. There's no way of knowing what kind of battle someone is going through, especially these days, so always be respectful.
8.Connect with Like Minded People.
Surround yourself with others who are on the same page as you. You will find it much easier to start living holistically by being around people who have already chosen this path. You'll make new friends, and they will help you on the path to a better life. They can offer wisdom and guidance on things you are new to learning about pertaining to this lifestyle.
9. Learn To Do Yoga and Do It Daily.
Yoga heals the mind, body, and soul. As cliche as is sounds, it really does. When a person practices yoga their energy is being balanced, and their muscles are being strengthened. There are a variety of different poses that help with different things, such as, back pain, menstrual cramps, and even for GI issues. Yoga is very healing when done correctly and practiced consistently. Make time each day to begin learning different yoga poses, and slowly work your way up to the more advanced poses.
The art of meditation is a delicate one, but it can improve your life by a significant margin. Carve out time each day to dedicate to meditation, preferably when you do your yoga, as your body & mind are already 'primed'- and you have already set aside this time in your day for self care exercises, like yoga. Thirty minutes a day is enough to get started. Sit down, relax and focus on your breathing. Meditation is proven to be a very effective method of dealing with stress, and helps people make more sound decisions. It helps in a multitude of ways. Give it a try!
11. Be Active.
Don't just sit on a couch all day, or lie in bed watching TV. Even if you have a job which requires sitting, it's very important to incorporate some form of exercise into your daily life. Whether it be yoga, working out in a gym, or just going for a walk- stay motivated! If you have the energy after work, go for a jog or a hike when you come home. Keeping your body constantly active improves overall stamina, and going for hikes offers a lot of fresh air. You will feel great about yourself afterwards.
For some, going from living a life of eating whatever you want, possibly smoking cigarettes, and/or drinking alcohol, and just not taking good care of their body, into a holistic lifestyle of natural living can be very difficult. It's something that one has to be completely dedicated to doing, no matter what. It is something that takes immense willpower, inner strength and self discipline. However, it can be achieved, and has by many different people all over this world. You can do it, too!