Adopting a holistic lifestyle has been the talk of the town for a while now, and yes, it definitely is worth all of the hype, and (a lot) more!
What is a Holistic Lifestyle?
Just as a fully-loaded and functional motorcycle is quite some more than just a summation/organization of all its parts, holistic living, in its truest sense, is the same in how it’s also just an all-encapsulating way of creation/living wherein one doesn’t only consider a single or a few of the components/pillars of existence, but all of them as a whole.
Thus, holistic living or a holistic lifestyle is basically considering every single aspect within every single of the four pivotal facets of our life – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – as the only real ways & means of arriving at the truest whole and living the best possible life.
And invariably, this leads to much better and (more) wholesome levels of performances and levels of satisfaction in the lives of every individual who sincerely and thoroughly practice it. Furthermore, when this way of living (holistically) is applied to (larger) groups of people i.e., communities/societies/civilizations, the results and impact of it only amplify.
This large-scale amplification also happens to be the only way of realistically enabling us to achieve the most and truest form(s) of overall richness for our planet home – along with everyone and everything in it – while also paving the way for a much cleaner and longer future, which is something we all deeply desire and what has also quickly become the need of the hour.
How to Start a Holistic Lifestyle?
All things considered, adopting a holistic lifestyle isn’t as easy as one might think or read on the internet. It involves making an awake and conscious decision as to how you visualize and want your future to look like.
Then, while you’ve begun living holistically and are well on your journey forward, you will realize that it never only just involved making your decision, but also harnessing all of your energies and drive from your constantly rejuvenating self to maintain the process and keep on receiving a maximum level of benefit(s).
1) Adopt a well-balanced nutrition and diet
A good and strong diet along with regular eating habits and routines go a long way in providing a resilient backbone to carry you forward in life in the best possible way. Add all of the most essential nutrients into the mix and you’ve got everything you need to not only strengthen the backbone but also take you much further and for much longer.
A good nutritious diet consists of all of the foods and drinks that will give you enough proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, water (please take a few sips right now if you haven’t in a while), calcium, iron, zinc, and quite a few more.
Some of the most essential foods in terms of a good diet are –
- Nuts and Seeds – Almonds, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, Cashews, Pistachios, etc.
- Fruits – Apples, Bananas, Avocados, Grapefruits, Pears, Lemons, Pineapples, Guavas, Blueberries,
- Pomegranates, Strawberries, Watermelons, and many more.
- Vegetables – Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Carrot, Cauliflower, Garlic, Onion, Kale, Tomato, Spinach, Brussels
- Sprouts, (Sweet) Potato, Cabbage, Beetroot, Mushrooms, Asparagus, and more.
- Meat – Chicken, Turkey, Buffalo/Bison, Beef, and Lamb.
- Seafood – Salmon, Shrimp, Crab, Clam, Cod, Oyster, Mussels, Lobster, Trout, Tuna, Mackerel, Squid, Octopus, Sardines, Seaweed, and more.
- Dairy – Milk, Cheese, and Yoghurt.
- Grains – Quinoa, Oat, (Whole) Wheat, (Brown) Rice, Corn, (Whole-Grain) Barley, (Whole) Rye, and more.
- Legumes – Kidney Beans, Black Beans, Green Beans, Peas, Lentils, Soybean, Chickpeas, Peanuts, White Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans, and more.
- And some more – Egg, Dark Chocolate, Hemp Seeds, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Turmeric, and Apple Cider Vinegar.
2) Move towards natural or plant-based medicines and remedies
Several parts of the world are still gripped with dealing with lockdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic; what more could it possibly take to understand the sheer force, power, and overall magnificence of nature?
Medicines created solely through the use of natural or plant-based raw materials have been around since the advent of early humans. As civilizations grew and turned into the cities they are today, such naturally oriented and created medicines quickly became replaced by synthetically created pharmaceutical drugs.
Though pharmaceuticals help people in the short term, they carry with them a lot of side effects that affect the mind and body in the long run. Quite starkly opposite to this, natural or plant-based medicines help the mind and body maintain good health right from when one begins their journey with them.
Some of the most recommended medicines for 2021 and beyond are –
- CBD – Cannabidiol or CBD is a naturally occurring chemical compound in Hemp that contains a wide range of terapeutic and beneficial effects that help people suffering from anxiety disorders, depression, sleep disorders, chronic pain, inflammation, certain symptoms of cancer, and a lot more.
- Melatonin – Is a hormone produced by our brain when it is time to sleep. It is widely known as the sleep-inducing hormone and is always a part of the subject when it comes to discussing sleep and/or sleep disorders.
- Chamomile – This is an herb that comes from (daisy-like) flowers of the Asteraceae plant family. The presence of certain antioxidants called apigenin is known to cause a calming effect within the body, which in turn becomes an aid to better and quicker sleep.
- And some more – Echinacea, Clove Oil, Ginger, Honey, Turmeric, and more.
3) Focus on consistently achieving better levels of relaxation, rest, and sleep
Sleep is ultimately a form of deeper relaxation and rest, although all three are essential for maintaining a healthy state of body and mind in the short and long term.
When it comes to daily living, people should regularly indulge in relaxation and rest albeit short or quick ones, to maintain good levels of energy until it’s time for bed.
Here are some of the benefits of all three –
- Improves heart health
- Improves brain health
- Improves body health
- Improves your mood
- Reduces overall stress levels
- Improves concentration and memory
- Allows your body to repair itself
- Aids in better metabolism
- Allows you to dream
- Regulates body temperature and blood pressure
- Enables smoother secretion of hormones and important substances
As mentioned above, CBD and Melatonin are great aids when it comes to helping a person achieve a good night’s sleep.
4) Boost your happiness levels in natural ways only
Holistic living basically entails enhancing one’s overall way of living and life through natural and sustainable ways only. When it comes to one of the biggest measures of most things in life, happiness, and levels of it found within people rank extremely high.
Realizing this truth about life, and then creating one’s unique pathway of achieving and consistently maintaining it is perhaps the only main way of reaping the benefits of happiness in the life of an adult.
Here are some scientifically-backed ways of naturally boosting happiness within a person –
- Smile more
- Laugh more
- Exercise often
- Listen to music you like
- Meditate more
- Pet more animals
- Nap/Relax/Rest/Sleep well
- Have sex
- Practice gratitude, humility, and kindness
- Take Short-trips/Holidays/Vacations/Workations (that’s right, these are the new deal in 2020)
- Talk to friends, relatives, colleagues, and sometimes even strangers
- Spend quality time with yourself
- Create/Join your community of like-minded people
5) LEARN to find joy in the little things for increased/better fulfilment in life
‘If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.’ — Carlos Santana
Have you been spending so much behind achievement/success in your life that you forget to let your guard down from time-to-time to take in some sun, walk your dog, or take a dip in the nearby lake? If yes, you need to realize that in doing so, you would only reach your milestones/goals feeling much less satisfied than you’d earlier expected it to be.
Anyway, the fulfilment of goals or anything else always precedes itself with a journey. And, if one doesn’t (strive to) find joy along the way, they will reach their end-goal with feelings of emptiness.
Thus, as important as it is to plan for the future, it is equally essential to often take heed and savor the moments of life that are always and abundantly available as we move through life.
Additionally, forming a habit of soaking in joy through enjoying the little things in life will help realign and then regulate your process of (naturally) receiving dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good or happiness hormones secreted by your brain/body.
6) Practice mindfulness, compassion, and gratitude
Being truly mindful, compassionate, and living a life filled with gratitude extends quite far beyond the spectrum of only practicing it within the boundaries of humans. This is because, as important as we (actually) are in the lives of each other for living the good life, there simply are a lot of other factors and things around us at any given moment.
These factors and things, as we might call them, consist of physical things like our environment and nature, and metaphysical things like the forces of nature i.e., breeze, space, time, etc. Thus, to reach the higher rungs of tranquillity and peace in life, one must also take into consideration the metaphysical aspects of the universe.
And circling right back to the start, such awareness, learning, and practice may only arise and may be undertaken as a way of living if one can be mindful, compassionate, filled with gratitude in their life.
7) Always look to create/join a supportive community of like-minded people
‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ – An ancient African proverb.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have been blessed right from the beginning with a supportive and wholesome family, friends, and even colleagues. Even if they are, life doesn’t just end there. Because, as is much truly and widely known, life only begins at the end of or outside one’s comfort zone.
As part of a group of like-minded people, you will that you have never been alone. Simply because the aspirations, dreams, and goals you saw for yourself was and is also seen by others.
Furthermore, as an active member of a group of such similar people, you will not only receive the understanding and support you have always needed but also a healthy atmosphere and environment to learn and share new ideas, thoughts, and opinions. And all of this will only help you evolve and grow – as a person, and as a being.
Benefits of a Holistic Lifestyle
1) Better physical state
Through holistic living, one will find that their overall mood and levels of energy rejuvenate and increase. This means, no more waking up feeling tired nor trying to sleep at night and not getting the best of it. You will learn and understand a lot more about your body while on your journey, and because of this knowledge, and some more, you will know exactly how to take the very best care of it. Your body always/only deserves the very best simply because it is the ship that will propel you forward through every storm and take you to the places you want to go to.
2) Enhancement of our overall environment, habitat, and planet
When all of the facets of living holistically are met with and followed as the only one-true lifestyle for a person (and the groups) to lead, we will begin to bear witness to the ultimate benefit of all – the enhancement and enrichment of our overall environment, habitat, and planet as a collective and a whole, and for much longer in the future. We will know the truth behind the rumors that have always been around – but, because of the aggressive urban lifestyle we’ve been stuck in, haven’t yet realized – that our planet has an absolute abundance in everything it has to offer for every single living and breathing entity within it, and more.
3) Better emotional state
Once on your journey towards achieving the best and truest possible outcome of self-growth-&-prosperity, you will find yourself getting less and less affected by all of the things that once ticked you, irritated you, angered you, or left a negative impact on your emotions in any way. You will begin to find a renewed sense of stability and strength in your world within – a higher propensity to deal with anything that brings your emotions into play – which will soon also transpire to your world outside.
4) Better spiritual state
Spirituality is perhaps the biggest essence when it comes to living a holistic lifestyle. Through spirituality, one can learn everything there is to know about not only one’s self but also one’s world outside. Then becoming aware of and learning more about certain idiosyncrasies/laws of the universe is simply gratuitous. All of this, and a lot more, make spirituality the key to unlocking a lot that any individual can learn about existence, time, life, and many other thought-provoking subjects.
5) Reduced pressure on all of our natural and non-renewable resources
A huge part of a holistic lifestyle involves living as naturally and sustainably as is possible. This would require one to learn and understand more about how and where the things they regularly need and use comes from. For example –the food on one’s plate, or, the (wooden) furniture in one’s house. Subsequently, they will then know how exactly they can contribute (starting from an individual level), through acquiring all of the things they only truly need, and how to get them without harming anyone or anything else in return.
6) Improved overall performance/productivity
The levels of clarity you will receive while on your journey of holistic living will only help you reach your goals better and faster. What’s more? Your well-balanced life will also give you abundant boosts of morale and energy to also pursue these goals. You will begin to realize and see how you can do a lot more with a lot less. Your overall outlook will shift from needing more prerequisites and things, to optimally acquiring and using what you really need. If this is not the definition of increased performance/productivity, we don’t know what else is.
7) Stronger immunity
When you indulge in regular exercise, meditation, and other healthy and spiritual habits/practices, you will almost-automatically find your overall immunity and yourself becoming stronger. And going forward, this will only help you in becoming a more resilient being, no matter what enters your path. Strong immunity is an essential requirement for a healthy life because it will also give you what is popularly known as ‘the fighting spirit’.
8) Greater propensity to deal with inflammation/stress-related (chronic) diseases
Did you know that three out of five Americans suffer from diseases related to chronic inflammation? This statistic in itself attests to the fact that it is one of the biggest reasons why people suffer from various types of illnesses/diseases and therefore needs immediate and scrutinous attention. Luckily enough, upon much interest, research, and study into chronic inflammation, its cause, symptoms, remedies, etc. we have learned a great deal about tackling this impending issue. Apart from a good diet, exercise, and regular check-ups, Cannabidiol (CBD) has emerged as an extremely helpful plant-based medicine that can help people deal with chronic inflammation.
9) Improved interpersonal/social skills and relationships
Holistic living is a lot about opening yourself up to the best of everything that is and can be. When it comes to living a life of real fulfilment, social capabilities and relationships are found to be one of its most essential pillars. Realizing the true need for nurturing/supportive companionship and connections in life quite automatically allows oneself to open themselves up to seek and find just that. While on your holistic journey, you will soon see yourself being surrounded by the best of people who will only help you reach your goals in a more wholesome way.
10) Creation of improved communities/societies/civilizations
And what happens when you find and become an active member in a group of people who naturally feel a part of each other’s aspirations, dreams, and goals? That’s right, a community. A community of like-minded people is the next level and step a person should grow towards while on their journey of betterment and enhancement of living life to the fullest. When more people adopt the right ways, more of such groups/communities alongside it are also created. This in turn leads to the overall evolution of larger groups that are known to us today as societies and civilizations.
In the end, a holistic lifestyle is all about unlocking your true potential so you can live the best possible life with the best possible outcomes.
By the end of this year and the beginning of the next, you should seek to have more knowledge and understanding about everything you are going to need so you may not only survive but also and more importantly – thrive – right through all of your time to come in your beautiful future ahead.
Check this space for more information and easy ways that you can learn and apply to adopt a holistic lifestyle and improve your overall life.
And while you’re at it, you can also check some of our natural, organic, and plant-based medicines to give you the necessary boost you need right here.
Happy seeking, cleansing, and living to you my beautiful friend!