“Wholistic” living refers to living a wholesome life. A life where there is a balance at different realms encompassing the physical, emotional and mental well-being.
It’s important to realize that while we are all aware of these concepts, we are not mindful of them in our everyday lives. Here’s a brief introduction to the major components that make up for wholistic living:
This means consuming foods that nourish your body and mind as well as fit into your lifestyle. It essentially means paying heed to your body and focusing on the various nutrient dense, delicious, healthy foods you can have rather than what you can’t have. Foods become “good” or “bad” for us when we lose our balance and go overboard in our eating styles. So, let’s eat mindfully
Water and Hydration
Proper hydration—via water and healthy beverages like green tea, kefir, coconut water etc aids digestion, boosts energy, promotes healthy skin, regulates body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood. The body does have an automatic thirst signal, but some instances require for mindfully keeping the self-hydrated. At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water you need. This depends on many factors. Try experimenting to see what works best for you. Some people may function better with more water than usual, while for others it only results in more frequent trips to the bathroom. Remember to drink enough water throughout the day for clear, pale urine.
There are many benefits to exercising, but the most important one is that it helps you stay fit and healthy. Exercise also helps improve your mental stability, which is another essential aspect of living a wholistic lifestyle. It’s again important to note that one should exercise in a way that one’s body resonates with. If an individual dislikes being on treadmill and gets onto the treadmill, there will be no positive benefit. Listen to your body and exercise in a way that the body resonates with.
Social Bonds and Relationships
One of the basic needs of a human being is the need to socially connect and is essential for every aspect of health and well-being. The post pandemic era has pushed us back into our caves, glued to our devices. Be mindful and make a conscious attempt to connect with friends and family and spend moments smiling…
“Wholistic” life choices might vary from an individual to another because what may work for one may not work for another. The key is to find what works for you and your overall well-being.
Living “Wholistically” is not a destination but a journey.
To enjoy the journey:
- Define your reason as to why you want to live “wholistically”.
- Take gentle baby steps – Start with an acknowledgement of where you are at in the journey and then proceed forward.
- Consistency is the key – Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”