Are you feeling tired, blah, and just plain rundown? Have you awoken to the fact that the root cause of the way that you’re feeling is the direct result of the GMO, processed foods you’re eating, and the pharmaceutical products you’re taking? Also, the harsh chemicals in your cleaning and personal hygiene products, as well as your constant consumption of mass and social media? If you’re ready to take your life back, you may have decided that you’re ready to start living a more holistic lifestyle.
How Do I Start Living a Holistic Lifestyle?
Not sure where to get started? Read on to learn more about holistic health benefits and to find some simple holistic life tips so you can achieve a more balanced, healthier, and happier life.
What is Holistic Living?
A holistic lifestyle is one that nourishes your entire being. While that might sound a bit hippie-ish, it’s really an amazing thing. In short, holistic living is a lifestyle that allows you to see the bigger picture: the entire you! A lot of people say that it’s kind of like being linked to wholeness.
With holistic living, rather than trying to enhance your life by concentrating on only one part of your being – eating a well-balanced diet, practicing mindfulness activities, working out, or praying, for example – you focus on all of the elements and aspects that make you, well, you. Why? Well, because they’re interconnected, of course!
Healthy, Holistic Approach to Daily Life
Have you ever felt down in the dumps emotionally, and then you started to feel physically ill? Or, have you noticed that when you binge eat a lot of junk food, you feel glum? Well, there’s a good reason for that, and it’s because everything is connected. Your physical, mental, and emotional well-being are all connected. Therefore, if you feel depressed, it only stands to reason that you may develop an upset stomach, and when you eat poorly, you’re going to start feeling blue.
With holistic living, you are working on all aspects at the same time because you realize that each element is part of, and has a direct impact on, the larger whole. It’s important to note, however, that holistic living isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. In other words, what works for someone else may not work for you, and vice versa. Also, what works for you now may not work for you next year.
When you decide to live holistically, all that means is that you are observing all of yourself and that you are creating and living a lifestyle that quenches the entire you. In fact, rather than thinking of it as a specific system or exact science, it’s more appropriate to think of holistic living as a way of thinking.
What does Holistic Living Entail?
It’s well-acknowledged that there are three key parts of our well-being. Those three parts are interconnected and have a direct impact on one another. These three parts include:
For instance, if you’re feeling anxious (the mind), you may have a hard time falling asleep (the body. Because you’re anxious and aren’t sleeping well, you become more withdrawn from the people you love (the soul).
How to Live a More Holistic Lifestyle
In order to live a more holistic lifestyle, you really need to create a daily routine and habits. Start by creating habits that are good for the individual parts – the mind, the body, and the soul. As we mentioned, holistic living isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, and it definitely isn’t a set science. However, with that said, here are some tips that you can use to live more holistically.
Respect Where You Are in Life
First, you’ll want to figure out where you are and meet yourself there. A word of warning: this requires getting honest with yourself; uncomfortably honest. It’s really the only way to figure out where you are, and then you can figure out where you want to be.
One Step at a Time
Remember that you can’t do it all at once, but rather, take it one step at a time. Focus on one aspect of your life and work on developing habits that focus on that area, and then build from there. For example, eating clean, or physical activity.
Learn and Grow
Living holistically means that you are always open to learning and growing. Make researching and learning a regular part of your life.
Holistic living is a journey, not a destination. That said, it’s best to set intentions rather than goals.
Additional Information: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Southlake Natural Family Wellness
Our mission is to support the health and well-being of our patients by offering individualized, comprehensive holistic care including acupuncture, herbal recommendations, customized nutritional counseling, allergy elimination (NAET), whole food supplements, lifestyle suggestions, moxibustion, and cupping, as well as helping couples get pregnant and STAY pregnant by supporting all the paths to conception.
About Farrah Hamraie
Farrah Hamraie, L.Ac, MOM, Dipl.OM (NCCAOM), is licensed and board-certified in Acupuncture and Herbal medicine in the State of Texas with a Masters of Oriental Medicine from the Dallas College of Oriental Medicine. She is also a Diplomat of NCCAOM (the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), a Board Certified Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and a member of the American Association of Oriental Medicine.