The holistic approach means understanding the reason for the cause and treating its core rather than just covering the cause with a temporary solution. The approach allows you to have a better understanding of the whole situation and provides a long term solution.
At the end of 2019 came an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was reported in Wuhan, China, and the epidemic continued to spread worldwide. With the spread of the disease, the importance of holistic living came into the highlight. Chinese Government also proposed establishing a holistic nursing system for patients.
This highlights the need to live more holistically. Below are given some ways to live in a more holistic manner:
- Practice mindfulness and try to live in the present
Thinking about the past or constantly worrying about the future can sometimes affect the peace of mind. Living in the moment is one of the most important values of holistic living. The state of being overworked, overwhelmed, and stressed out leads to a life unlived. It is necessary to take time for yourself and practice mindfulness which helps to gain a new perspective about your feelings, emotions, and thoughts, it awakens the consciousness and helps to feel the authenticity of life. Practicing mindfulness can be difficult in the starting as it requires patience and a positive outlook, however, once you experience the peace and calm it brings you will start to dedicate more effort and time into it. It helps to see the real world and brings out the toxicity present around you.
There are many ways to be more mindful throughout the day and in life. Below are given some ways to practice it:
- Make an effort to focus on the present moment. If your thoughts tend to drift in the future or in your past, come back to present by acknowledging your surroundings and focus on your breath.
- Allow yourself to rest even in the case of unaccomplished tasks. Rest is vital for the long term health of the body and mind. Allow yourself to take a break whenever necessary as it can help to produce more productive results.
- Be mindful of your words, thoughts, and actions. Using negative words, having destructive thoughts, and doing any action with the motive to harm others, creates a negative impact on you as well.
- Don’t try too hard to remain in the present as it will only create more anxiousness. Let your mind wander for a minute and then gently remind yourself to be in the present.
- Eat less processed foods
Eating healthy and unprocessed foods helps to keep your body and mind strong. It provides better immunity to fight diseases and other issues. A healthy diet is a tool to supply your body with all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to thrive. Adopting the approach of minimizing the calories can help you to lose weight and survive but, it cannot help the body and mind to grow. Choose the food that has been grown in organic farms away from any further processing to feel a positive change in your body. Consuming processed food often can lead to a lack of certain nutrients in the body.
You tend to have emotional ties with your food as well. Sometimes your mood can strongly influence the type of food you want to eat. Comfort food is sometimes needed in some circumstances. But choosing the kind of comfort food depends upon the love you have for yourself. Practice mindfulness while going to a grocery store and you can see the difference between your choices.
- Tap into your intuition
Intuition is the subtle voice in the back of your head that guides you to do the correct thing. It is an internal guide sometimes known as gut feeling that guides you through various life-changing decisions and helps you to continue on the path you are meant to be by giving a nudge here and there. When you listen to your intuition you tend to attract the right kind of people and experiences. Sometimes the voice of intuition can be misheard which can lead to difficult life situations.
Below given are some ways to tap your intuition better:
- Understand the Difference Between Fear and Intuition
Whenever a new opportunity arises it is normal to feel the tension and hesitation to act upon it. However, to make it clear whether what you feel is fear or intuition, try to understand the feeling you get when you think about the opportunity. If you feel uncertain only because of the uncertainty it might be the fear. The feeling of something isn’t right or this is not what you should be doing might be the intuition telling you not to go for it.
- Stay Positive and Surround Yourself with Positive People
A positive attitude helps to maintain good health and promotes healthier thinking. Focusing on positive changes helps to eliminate negative thoughts and worries from your life. When you spend time with people of similar thinking and outlook you tend to be more positive.
- Trust the Universe and Embrace Uncertainty
While learning to tap your intuition it is necessary to have faith in what the universe can do. Your small actions are what influence the universe to bring what you what. To understand your intuition it is also important to let go of control and embrace the new changes.
- Stay Open-Minded
It is normal to have some judgments but rather than acting upon them you should just acknowledge them and let them go. Sometimes things can be correct from other perspectives and not yours, staying open-minded helps to understand things from different views.
- Recycle More and Waste Less
You can reduce the amount of waste you generate by buying the products in bulk and buying more of the products with a longer life cycle.
Other than reducing the waste generated it is also necessary to reuse the items which are still of some value. Clothes, toys, plastic bags, and other items that are of no use to you can be donated to charity organizations. Not only it will help them, but also it provides a sense of empathy and also helps in reducing waste.
Manage the waste accordingly, i.e. recyclable waste should be collected together and can be sent to the landfill for recycling. Or you can collect all the waste and send it to the waste management disposal facility near you.
- Engage in More Physical Activities
It is important to incorporate some physical exercise in your daily life even if your job requires you to sit and work. Keeping your body constantly active can help to improve stamina. Exercise can also help to improve your mood and reduces the feeling of anxiety and stress. During exercise, your body releases endorphins and increases dopamine and serotonin levels. These natural happy chemicals help to elevate your mood. Regular exercise can help to boost self-esteem and keeps you fit. Stretching exercises, yoga, jogging, or even a simple walk can help to improve your mood and also gives some time off from work.
- Try to Use More Natural Health Remedies
Consider using natural remedies for problems like period cramps, acne, blackheads, sleeping problem, digestive issues, or a slight headache. The available natural remedies can help to cure all these and many more problems. We tend to forget about alternative medicines based on natural remedies and a holistic approach. Due to the busy life, people always look for the quick fix painkillers which can be harmful to health if taken for a long time.
Other than natural remedies there are many other options available, acupuncture, naturopathy, Chinese medicines, and others which can be helpful to treat many problems.
- Connect With Similar People
Connect with similar people who also practice holistic living. It will be much easier for you to continue your holistic journey after being encouraged by other people who are doing the same. Develop better interpersonal skills like active listening, paying attention, practicing honesty, and respect. This will help other people to connect on a certain level with you and encourage you to do better in life. These people will lift you and you will want to do the same for them which creates a sense of encouragement.