Living a holistic lifestyle means approaching your health through all its components namely physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. It’s one of the best ways to live with no regrets.
But how do you do it?
Stay with me and find out key life coaching strategies to living a fulfilling holistic lifestyle throughout this piece.
Let’s dive right into it.
1. Determine What Matters to You
In holistic living, you need to focus on walking your own path.
Since all aspects that make you human are interconnected, you should find a career that appeals to your interests working under conditions respectful to your values hence creating positive emotions to keep you happy.
Living a life without regrets demands you to identify your interests and by pursuing the interests, you discover your purpose which brings out the passion for living. This is the crux of everything holistic — that you do things that align with why you’re here to achieve satisfaction in every area of your life.
2. Eat Mindfully
Eating mindfully means you are aware of why, what, and how you eat.
In the case of why, you understand the reasons you eat certain foods which simplifies keeping a consistently healthy diet. If you start overeating for emotional satisfaction, for instance, it’ll be easier to identify and deal with the problem’s root cause.
Also, the health state you aim for leads you to identify what type of foods you need. You may want to follow a paleo, Mediterranean, or even a brain health-enhancing diet.
Then there’s how you eat. This is the question of whether you’re eating the right amount for your health, spacing your meals right, and so forth. You have to be mindful of how you take your food to ensure the balance you desire in your life.
3. Learn to Be and Love Your Authentic Self
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A holistic lifestyle promotes mental and emotional wellbeing which is affected by your self-concept — how you view yourself. Do you express the real you? Do you love your authentic self?
Brene Brown, a renowned author and researcher defines authenticity as “The daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.”
This way, you’d stop compromising your values to please others, and as science proves, loving your authentic self makes you happier, ensures high self-esteem, improves your performance, betters your relationships, and sets you up for overall wellbeing.
4. Use Natural Remedies
Contrary to conventional medicine, natural remedies are rarely a quick fix to health problems. However, they target a variety of problems at a go which makes them effective for sustainable healing.
This doesn’t mean you completely ignore conventional medicine though. It only means you focus on healing holistically more than temporary problem fixes. You can incorporate beneficial spices and herbs into your daily diet like ginger, turmeric, fenugreek, green teas, plus mint, and take superfoods like fish and nuts.
When seeking healthcare, seek holistic practices like acupuncture, naturopathy, massage therapy, homeopathy, and chiropractic care.
5. Stay Present
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The past is unchangeable, the future is uncertain but we have a chance to live in the present.
This holistic practice called mindfulness sharpens your focus, memory, and emotional intelligence. You’ll find yourself laughing more instead of missing humor, loving more since you’re in touch with your feelings, and many more benefits that promote your wellbeing
However, it doesn’t mean you avoid reflecting on the past to learn from it. It neither means you shouldn’t plan for the future because it’s uncertain. It means, whatever you are doing in the present, let your thoughts revolve around it.
Here’s how to practice mindfulness and follow a more holistic lifestyle:
- Experience your surroundings through all your senses
- Discern joy and meaning in everything you do
- Practice monotasking
- Identify impulsive behaviors and pause to reflect
- Check-in with your feelings through your day
- Take time between bites of your food to feel the flavor and take charge of your eating speed
- When in a negative situation, pause thinking and focus on your breathing
- Contemplate on your vision
6. Focus on a Healthy Positive Relationships
Negative relationships are stressful and therefore, harmful to health. Positive relationships on the other hand help you grow and stay happy which is the result of holistic living. These good relationships contain qualities like mutual respect, good communication, trust, and honesty.
Therefore, instead of using your energy to work on perpetually draining relationships, choose to nurture the positive ones more.
So call your mentor, catch up with your friend who makes you smile, spend time with family — we all have someone who favors our peace of mind.
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7. Smartly Guard Your Heart Against Negativity
You can’t completely control your external environment and from time to time, you might have to deal with negativity at work, home, social media — anywhere. So you have to secure yourself.
Guarding your heart means not letting the negativity reside in you such that you become a resentful, negative person.
Here are some tips to help you guard your heart:
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Whether non-fiction or fiction, read, watch, and listen to more positive content
- Acknowledge and deal with negative feelings
- Have a vision and follow your values
- Regularly check in with yourself to deal with pending feelings
8. Be Conscious of Your Thoughts
The thoughts you entertain make up your belief system which is recorded in your subconscious. This system creates a filter through which your thoughts pass through to create emotions. A negative filter brings negative emotions.
Therefore, two people can think about their self-concept but one feels bad while the other feels good. Chances are, one who feels bad doesn’t believe (filter) positive things about themselves while the other does.
Whether you realize it or not, your thoughts affect how you feel and therefore, influence your actions and wellbeing. Positive thinking has been scientifically proven to boost physical, emotional, and mental health which are paramount in holistic living.
9. Get Quality Sleep
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Sleep has numerous benefits for the body, mind, and soul. You can attest to the fact if you notice how energized and clear-minded you feel after a good night’s sleep. But what is quality sleep?
Apart from getting more than 7 hours of sleep per day consistently, you need to be well-rested by ensuring a regular sleeping schedule with limited mid-night interruptions. This guide on how to sleep better can help you get the best shut-eye for the rest of your life.
Living a healthy holistic life promotes good sleep while sleeping well ensures a holistic lifestyle. Like cycles in an ecosystem, sleep and holistic living relate and are essential to each other. Do your best to master healthy sleeping habits to live a holistic lifestyle with no regrets.
10. Find Healthy Therapeutic Practices
This involves determining emotional outlets that help you manage stress instead of letting it bottle up to become a psychologically complicated and physically harmful problem.
Here are some examples of activities to help you express your emotions:
- Conventional therapy
- Listening or making music
The list is endless but if you scrutinize your life, you’ll discover a healthy stress management activity for leading a fulfilling holistic lifestyle.
11. Follow Organic Self-Care
Holistic living involves using natural products as much as you can to minimize the harm caused by many in-organic products. This could mean swapping alcohol with green tea when relaxing on a Saturday.
However, it’s all a matter of choice and balance. From the activities you partake in when relaxing to the moisturizer you use to take care of your skin daily, find organic alternatives that work for you.
12. Stay Active
Staying active doesn’t mean spine-breaking daily exercise or intensive 90-minute cardio. Living a holistic lifestyle without regrets involves consistently choosing activity over lethargy according to your lifestyle.
This can mean simple acts of taking walks whenever you can, taking stairs when you aren’t hurrying, playing with pets, kids, and buddies, dancing regularly, and other fun stuff.
Depending on your lifestyle, incorporate activities that can keep you on the go and make your body feel light and healthy. Staying active will bring happiness that penetrates every aspect of your life.
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Just as staying active keeps your body fit, mentally stimulating activities keep your brain healthy. An active mind not only improves cognitive functioning but also helps you develop healthy mindsets that influence every component of your life.
Furthermore, you get to prevent many common diseases of this age like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other mental disorders holistically. Here are some activities to keep you mentally fit:
- Art and crafts like drawing, knitting, and jewelry making
- Reading fiction and non-fiction plus reviewing thoughts with others
- Writing by journaling, constructive social media thought expressing, and more
- Playing brain games like scrabble and chess
- Learning new skills
In an era of information overload, it can be easy to keep your mind passive which decays it. You can learn more about staying mentally healthy through overcoming mental laziness.
14. Stay Socially Connected
Staying socially connected instills a sense of belonging and security while alleviating anxiety as you learn how to deal with various social stressors. As social connection studies suggest, those who interact regularly have a stronger immune system and live longer.
Whether extroverted or introverted, Emma Seppala, a psychologist and renowned author explains that you can achieve social connection by developing an internal sense of connection that has nothing to do with how many friends you have.
Giving, sharing, and supporting others can build this subjective feeling. However, she recommends taking care of yourself first that you can reduce stress and prompt the confidence to reach out to others.
15. Follow Your Faith
If you’re spiritual yet don’t practice your faith, you leave a gap in your life that can make you regret it later on.
Therefore, whether you’re a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, or any other religion, practice your faith so you can grow to make life decisions based on your informed values.
Numerous studies reveal that most people who practice their faith are happier.
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16. Practice Gratitude
Do you feel embarrassed or sad when you think of how often you’re grateful? That’s a life with regrets and isn’t holistic.
If you have to do gratitude journaling to be more grateful, do it. Otherwise, retrain your mind to always see every good thing and even challenges as blessings in your life.
Start thanking people for their time, deeds, and even presence in your life. As opposed to what many think, this shows strength and ultimately brings you joy.
17. Connect With Others Living a Holistic Lifestyle
You’ll find diverse people living a holistic lifestyle. These people ensure a balance spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally — whether they call it a holistic lifestyle or not.
Connect with wellness communities in your area, interact with holistic people online, share and learn. This keeps you encouraged while enjoying the journey with others who may be further ahead or behind.
But firstly, determine how emotionally healthy you are through this video:
Common Holistic Lifestyle Coaching Questions
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As a life coach, I get lots of questions on holistic living. Most of them revolve around the following topics.
How do you transition to a holistic lifestyle?
Transitioning to a holistic lifestyle requires you to practice the above tips good for the mind, body, and soul. You have to create a consistent timeline for following the strategies to form a holistic habit over time.
What is a holistic person?
A holistic person is someone that approaches their health physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually so they can address the whole person that is the mind, body, and soul.
What is the holistic diet?
A holistic diet comprises healthy foods preferably in their most natural state. The diet should provide all the nutrients the body needs to ensure optimal wellbeing. Organic whole foods are the most recommended.
What is an example of a holistic approach?
Many spiritual practices discourage gluttony which is caused by an emotional void or a bad habit established after many overeating plus speedy eating episodes. However, once one starts to practice mindfulness, they can exercise self-control to eat necessary food quantities and slow down their eating speed which helps them enjoy and digest food more. Subsequently, they get satisfied quickly and maintain a healthy body weight. This heals the person based on the mind-body-soul connection.
Following a holistic lifestyle is a smart way of living. With holistic practices, you are able to thrive in all aspects including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. What an amazing life!
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