Invest in Yourself: 5 Holistic Wellness Essentials
To be truly healthy, you need to focus on your mind, body, and soul. Are you getting enough sleep? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you feel supported by your friends and family? All of these things play a role in your overall health.
A holistic approach to wellness looks at the whole person. It takes into account your physical, mental, and emotional health. It also includes your relationships, social life, and environment.
There are many benefits to taking a holistic approach to your health and wellness, but it can be a challenge to implement some common techniques into your daily routine. Not everyone has time for a yoga retreat or the money to invest in a massage therapist.
Let’s dig a little deeper into what holistic wellness means, and why it can be so important. Then, we’ll take a look at five essential practices that will have you well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
What is holistic wellness?
When we talk about holistic wellness, we’re talking about taking a comprehensive approach to our health. This means considering all aspects of our lives and how they impact our well-being.
It can be easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives and neglect our physical, mental, and emotional needs. We often put the needs of others before our own.
We might not get enough sleep because we’re working late or taking care of our families; we might not eat well because we don’t have time to cook, or we’re eating on the go. At times, we’ll neglect exercise because we don’t have enough time in the day.
This is where holistic wellness can be helpful. When you take this approach to your health, you make sure that all aspects of your life are in balance. You focus on taking care of yourself so that you can be at your best every day.
Why is holistic health important?
As more of us are forced into cramped cities, stuck inside, and bombarded with artificial lights and sounds, it’s more important than ever to focus on our mental and spiritual health. These have been overlooked for far too long in favor of the physical.
But what many people don’t realize is that our mental and spiritual health are just as important as our physical health. They are interconnected.
Our thoughts and emotions influence our physical health, and vice versa. When we’re stressed, anxious, or depressed, it can manifest itself in physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or fatigue.
Similarly, if we neglect our physical health, it can lead to mental and emotional problems. For example, if we don’t get enough exercise, we might feel low on energy or become easily irritable. Or if we don’t eat well, we might feel foggy-headed or anxious.
When one is out of balance, it can harm the others. That’s why it’s so important to take a holistic approach to our health. By focusing on all aspects of our well-being, we can find balance and harmony.
How can we incorporate it into our lives?
There are many ways to incorporate holistic wellness into your life. You can start by making small changes in your daily routine.
Here are five essential practices that will help you get started.
Get enough sleep
Most adults need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night. Getting enough sleep is important for your physical and mental health. It can help improve your mood, increase your energy levels, and promote better brain function.
If you have trouble sleeping, there are a few things you can try:
- Create a bedtime routine and stick to it. This might include taking a warm bath, reading a book, or writing in a journal.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.
- Exercise during the day to get your body moving and release endorphins.
- Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool.
A huge part of this is also having a manageable work-life balance, and not burning yourself out with long periods of overtime. Remember that you will be more productive and motivated when you are healthy.
That’s why we created SOMO Cowork as a place for solo pros, growing start-ups, and enterprise organizations to work well and live better. Whether you’re a SOMO Village resident or live in one of our neighboring communities, this workspace is all about providing a workspace that serves to not only improve your workdays but also your life in general.
Eating nutritious, locally sourced foods is important for your physical health. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, have more energy, and reduce your risk of chronic diseases.
When you are trying to eat healthily, it’s important to focus on whole foods. These are foods that are minimally processed and free of added sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats.
The key to a well-balanced diet—just like any other facet of your wellness—is to ensure you’re managing it in a way that treats health and wellness as a lifestyle rather than a phase.
Consider taking yourself out of the concrete jungle and experiencing the outdoors for more than just a few minutes a day. In a community like SOMO Village, you can receive all of the mental and spiritual benefits that come with being surrounded by nature, while not abandoning your career.
Think about walking or biking to work, using a co-working space to cut down on desk hours, or just changing your lifestyle to spend more free time outdoors.
Connect with others
Social support is important for your mental and emotional health. It can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and promote better brain function. There are many different ways to connect with others, so find something that you enjoy and stick with it.
If you’re not sure where to start, there are a few things you can try:
- Attend a meetup or community event
- Join a club or group
- Volunteer your time
- Have regular get-togethers with friends and family
There are even wellness-specific events like UNITY festival that you can attend, which will help you improve your holistic health in several ways.
Take time for yourself
Self-care is important for your mental and emotional health. It can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and promote better self-esteem. Try these things:
- Get a massage
- Take a yoga class
- Read a book
- Write in a journal
These are just a few of the many ways you can incorporate holistic wellness into your life. Remember, it’s important to find what works for you and stick with it. Everyone is different, so don’t be afraid to experiment until you find something that feels right.
And if you are looking to relocate to a community that can help you live a happier, healthier, and more balanced lifestyle, then we invite you to download our Residential Project Brief to learn more about SOMO Village or to get in touch with us today.