Step-By-Step Guide to Holistic Health
Many of us avoid embarking on a new journey to overall health and wellness because we think it’s just too overwhelming to consider all of the “big changes” we need to make. But what if we start with a gradual integration, making incremental changes one at a time? According to wellness experts, looking for ways to take small steps toward holistic healthy living that work with our everyday lifestyles means we start building habits, rather than going all-out on multiple self-improvement regimes that are likely to lose their luster. If you’re looking for inspiration to get you started on your own healthy path to wellness, visit the Sage Massage and Acupuncture blog.
People come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of ability, and we all enjoy differing degrees and types of physical activity. Recognizing the benefits of having an active lifestyle and finding ways to incorporate this healthy behavior into your own life, consider what you already do that you can step up a degree or two. For example, if you enjoy taking walks, download a trail app and look for longer scenic routes, or take it one step higher and start hiking. If you dance for fun, considering enrolling in a dance class. Some people do better on their own, while others prefer online or in-person group exercise environments. Whatever you enjoy, just kick it up a notch and start seeing the associated health benefits that follow!
Choosing to Eat Right
We all have different relationships with food, where some of us use it as a comfort mechanism, while others view it simply as fuel. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, start making an effort to incorporate more healthy foods you enjoy while eliminating unhealthy snacks and food items that make you feel tired, fatigued, and blasé. According to Self, challenge yourself to try a new recipe each week, or even replace one less-than-healthy food option with fresh fruits, vegetables, or whole grains. As you start changing your diet and moving the needle to the healthy side, you’ll start to notice how much better you feel and be encouraged to keep up the good habits.
Addressing Dental Health Problems
Many people don’t realize that oral health can play a significant role in your overall health, both physically and mentally. In addition to the link between dental health and heart disease, the state of your teeth has also been connected to depression. So, if you’re suffering from any dental problems that you’ve been putting off, now’s the time to address them. Misaligned teeth, for example, can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean, which can lead to numerous health issues. Fortunately, there are many affordable options these days that can keep you out of the dentist’s chair. At-home aligners such as byte provide people with affordable care that addresses misaligned teeth without the need for costly braces or trips to the orthodontist. Additionally, byte’s HyperByte vibration device can provide results in around three months. The sooner you take steps to improve your overall dental health, the better you’ll look and feel.
Minding Your Mental Health
Mental and emotional health is just as important to your overall well-being as physical health. Take time to relax, rejuvenate, and simply “be,” rather than feel like you must be constantly on the go. Take a break from screens and build quiet time into every day. Don’t feel selfish about taking time for yourself, whether you’re enjoying a meditative session, restorative yoga, or time with a good book. Herbal teas are also a very healthy way to unwind at the end of the day. Many people look at self-care measures as the time they’re taking away from their family or their work, when in reality, the more you care for yourself, the better you position yourself to take care of others.
Re-envision Your Environment
The things you surround yourself with have a direct impact on your mental and emotional health and well-being. If you and your family live in messy squalor, it can lead to feelings of disjointed unhappiness, bickering, and critical thinking. Take some time to do a full house cleanup, donating or getting rid of items you don’t need, reinventing your space, letting in fresh air and light, and making your house a haven of retreat. According to Psychology Today, finding tangible ways to boost your mood and sense of well-being can lead to an overall better quality of life.
Consider your health journey a holistic one in which you’re not just looking at how to eat and exercise better, but how to treat yourself with mindful kindness from head to toe. Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, make time for the things that you enjoy in life, and encourage your loved ones to do the same.
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