It is safe to assume that by now you understand what holistic living is and its relevance to you. More to that however is identifying practical ways to apply this holistic lifestyle as we become the best version of ourselves. It is, however, important to note that these various holistic approaches can be applied as needed. I believe you know by now as an individual, where you need balance, and if not check yourself to see where you need to make adjustments and start from there as you apply some of these action steps towards a holistic lifestyle.
1. Practice Gratitude
Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology said that “gratitude blocks toxic emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret, and depression, which can destroy our happiness,” he also said that “the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life.” Emmons believes that gratitude works because it allows individuals to celebrate the present and be active participants in their own lives. Gratitude is good medicine. Practicing gratitude, as a matter of fact, boosts emotional and physical well-being. Gratitude essentially enables you to focus on what you already have, rather than something that is absent. However, your mindset also affects the biochemistry of your body, especially factors associated with the heart. You can start practicing gratitude today, by listing what you’re grateful for at the beginning or end of each day.
2. Listen to Your Body, Mind and Soul
Sometime when we experience certain abnormal feelings or sensations in our body which could either be from a physical or mental source or otherwise, most of us ignore those sensations and often times than not, over a period of time, it develops into a serious health complication that could even threaten the person’s life. The feeling of pain is a normal response of the body when something is not right, ignoring such warnings will mean doing yourself a disservice. When you notice something wrong with you, for an optimum holistic lifestyle, pay attention to that, understand what is wrong and find the right fix.
3. Intentionally Change and Grow
Stagnation breeds frustration, but change is the precursor of all growth. It is impossible to grow without change. Those leaps you take out of your comfort zone, those insurmountable challenges that you take on, are very necessary for your personal growth, because through them you are able to learn and grow and that by itself has a positive effect on the quality of your life including your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It, however, has to be intentional, because only then can you be able to measure up your progress from where you started and determine how far you have gone and if at all you are changing and growing or retrogressing.
4. Find Meaning in Things You Do
The key to finding true fulfillment in life is by finding meaning in every little do you do. Joseph Campbell said, “life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” What you do does not create meaning, it is the meaning you assign to what you do that is important. It is significant to find meaning in things you do as it opens your eyes and mind to appreciate the things that you have and the things that you do. So, you find meaning in your life and the things you do by first identifying what is important to you. Essentially, finding meaning in these things helps you prioritize what is important to you and it enables you to focus on those things and this simplifies your life and it enables you to live it out passionately, instead of doing things without meaning and ending up stressed and unfulfilled.
5. Get the Rest That You Deserve
The lack of rest changes the way we handle situations, our perspective on life, our coping mechanisms, and our ability to be or remain positive. Most of us have this misconception that when we sometimes found ourselves doing nothing throughout a day, perhaps just lying down, that it is a waste of time; That is so untrue, unless if that is what you do every day all week throughout a month in a given year then that’s not resting but rather that’s you just being lazy, which is improbable. There is however nothing wrong with taking a whole day, a week or a month for resting because your body needs it. This helps you recoil and get refreshed and it, in turn, increases your efficiency and effectiveness and it also ensures optimum overall health. So, plan for that vacation or leave from work that you have been putting off, because you deserve that rest, your body needs it, you need it.
6. Allow Yourself to Be Happy
Accept the things you cannot change in your life, be it a tragedy, a regret, a mistake you made, a hurt you are holding on to, perhaps a grieve or whatnot, only then can you let them go and allow happiness in your life. Dr. Stephen Covey once said, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” Remember this, your happiness does not come for anyone or anything but from you, you are the custodian of your own happiness. As Dr. Stephen said, what you think about things that happen in your life would be the determinant of your behavior, whether you end up happy or unhappy. So, decide to be happy, allow yourself to be happy. Happy people, lead a happy life, no matter what they may be facing.