It’s a familiar story in contemporary living: We work long hours hoping to get ahead, earn a promotion, and make more money. As we clock more time at the office and attempt to juggle personal and professional obligations, stress invades our minds and poisons our bodies. The more we try to do, the more every aspect of our lives seems to suffer.
One way to restore a healthy balance is through holistic living. Committing to a holistic lifestyle includes recognizing that all parts of your life are whole and must be balanced accordingly. It means respecting your body and mind, as well as the environment and community around you. When you adopt a holistic philosophy, you will naturally find yourself enjoying a more positive and agreeable existence.
Practicing holism involves every aspect of your life, but there are four major areas you can dramatically improve by applying a holistic mindset.
1. Weight Loss: To lose weight more effectively through holism, you must first realize that dropping numbers on the scale isn’t necessarily the point. Holism advocates respecting your body and the environment. By choosing to respect your body – even if you’re dissatisfied with its appearance – you make an intentional decision that it deserves to be treated well.
Holistic weight loss encourages the individual to tap into the power of the mind, rather than simply go through the motions of adhering to a strict diet or exercise plan. Every person has the ability to change his perception. While a “traditional” weight loss program can make you feel exhausted and deprived (negative emotions), holism – and its value of respect – allows you to view your commitment to your body through a positive lens.
You’ll begin to train your mind to read nutrition labels, dedicate time for exercise, and commit to preparing healthy meals. Operating on positive thoughts (rather than a mindset of deprivation) results in improved motivation and better results.
2. Stress Relief: High stress is a common problem throughout the world. What’s more, stress often leads to other ailments that damage our bodies and prevent us from leading healthy lives. Many people turn to medication or alcohol to relieve stress. These unnatural (and sometimes harmful) remedies go against holism and simply distract people from dealing with stress directly.
To live a holistic lifestyle, we must first identify the source of our stress so we can address it appropriately. Meditation and vigorous exercise are two healthy, proven methods of reducing stress, and by respecting all aspects of life and consciously looking for moments of gratitude, we can work toward leading lives with less stress overall.
3. Improved Sleep: Your energy level depends upon how much sleep you get every night. Getting proper rest is essential to living a healthy and balanced life, but the quality of our sleep often suffers due to stress. Holism demands that we respect our bodies and take control of our sleep cycles.
Sticking to a routine, turning off electronics an hour before bed, and sleeping in a completely dark room are tactics proven to help restore a healthy sleep cycle. In addition, holism teaches us to regularly practice meditation, which helps us focus on what’s important in life, dismiss situations that may cause stress, and improve overall sleep quality.
4. Enhanced Sex Drive: Sex can be a beautiful part of the human experience. Not only does it provide us with great pleasure, but it also helps us form deeper bonds with our partners. But the rigors of daily life often interfere with our ability to derive pleasure from intimacy; stress, exhaustion, and negativity can overwhelm our sexual desire and interfere with a healthy libido. Sexual pleasure can also be derailed if you’re focused on negative feelings about your body.
Instead of taking medications that can include harmful side effects, adopting a holistic lifestyle can help people improve their libidos naturally. Better sleep, stress management, and a healthy respect for your body all work in tandem to improve your sex drive. By respecting your body, you’ll become more confident and aware of your desires. Greater respect for yourself and your relationship also encourages you to share honestly with your partner about what you prefer in bed.
By striving to keep our physical well-being, work, relationships, and faith balanced appropriately, we can manage stress, maintain a healthy body, and improve our relationships without resorting to self-medicating or drug abuse.
Opening our minds to respecting who we are and being grateful for what we have helps us take control of our lives and achieve balance. Take the first step today by carving out a few quiet minutes to meditate, take a walk, or simply make a list of 10 things you are grateful for. A change in lifestyle begins with these simple action steps; soon, you’ll be on your way to improving your life and health.