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If you want to improve your holistic health, there are several simple steps that you can incorporate into your everyday, busy life. These aren't your generic "eat heathy and exercise" tips!
5 Simple Steps to Improve Holistic Health
Improving your holistic health involves more than just eating healthier and exercising more. While those are both important in healthy living, there are many other components to holistic living, such as mental health and mindfulness. Not to mention, healthy eating and exercise are both hard steps to achieve when your mind is not in the right place.
These things can seem out of reach when you live a busy life, like many of us do, but there are some simple things you can do every day to improve your holistic health and inspire mindful living.
1. Outdoor Yoga
Get out of your stuffy home or gym and allow nature to encourage your yoga sessions.
If you have kids, going outside is a great way to keep them entertained and busy so you can focus on yoga. Sometimes, my toddler joins me and I teach him new poses. It helps to mellow him out, too, and encourages exercise & health via imitation.
Yoga can be done while saying affirmations (you will read more about affirmations below), and also to guided meditation. I enjoy the meditations found in the Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker app.
I simply hook the (super cute and sleek) tracker to my waistband so it can detect my breathing patterns and play meditations via the app. It basically acts as a "trainer" for mindful living! You can learn more about the Spire wearable tracker here.
2. Practice Mindfulness in the Morning
You are bound to experience stress, anxiety, or frustration during your day. Making a point to experience calmness at the start of your day will set you up for a more peaceful mindset when those stresses and trials come your way.
I grab my Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker off of my nightstand, hook it onto my waistband and play one of the guided meditation recordings. I usually only have a few minutes to meditate in the morning, but it makes a world of difference.
3. Remove Toxicity
Unfortunately, we are typically surrounded by toxicity in many forms, such as: body products, food, our own mindset, environment, and people. Removing some of these forms of toxicity/stressors, or taking action to lessen toxicity in our lives, will reduce stress and improve holistic health.
If you're unsure of what areas in your life are causing you stress, the Spire tracker actually syncs up with your calendar, location, and photos if you allow it to - this can give you some insight about why you are experiencing those tense breathing patterns.
Easy Ways to Remove (or Lessen) Toxicity Today
- Declutter your kitchen counters. (Decluttering your home will often help declutter your mind).
- Try a Boost breathing exercise in the Spire wearable tracker app - I personally the love the calm boost or the boost by Deepak Chopra when my mindset needs a little inspiration or "detoxifying" of discouraging thoughts.
- Put a vase of fresh flowers on your dining table or desk at work.
- Remove items from your home that only bring up bad thoughts or memories.
4. Eat Mindfully
Of course, healthy eating is a no-brainer when it comes to healthy living. You can find thousands and thousands of articles about that. However, mindful eating takes "healthy eating" to another level and helps take the stress out of healthy eating.
Having knowledge about ingredients is important - But perhaps more important is your mindset about eating. Mindful eating is eating with intention (being aware and thinking about what you are eating and why), as well as being in tune with our hunger cues instead of eating because of cravings or comfort.
Spire has a boost to help encourage mindful eating, which I find inspiring, in addition to choosing to eat at the table with the TV off so I can focus on the food and my mindset.
5. Incorporate Affirmations into Your Life
One of the toughest obstacles when embarking on a healthy journey is your thoughts. Affirmations are simply specific positive thoughts that you make a point to think frequently to inspire you in order to achieve a goal and help create a mindset.
Here are some examples of affirmations:
- “My body is a temple. I take care of it. I treat it right.”
- “I respect my body and I make healthy choices.”
- “My body is calm, I am gentle, I think peaceful thoughts.”
Affirmations push negativity out and reel in encouragement and inspiration.
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Why I Use the Spire Mindfulness + Activity Tracker
As a mom, my patience is constantly tested. I am also, in general, a more anxious person. It is a daily goal of mine to be more gentle and calm.
The Spire wearable tracker helps me to relax, destress, and be aware of what activities cause me tension. The app alerts me when I am experiencing a tense period, reminds me to take a moment to ground myself by taking a deep breath if I haven't in a while, and increases my overall mindfulness in my daily life.
It also inspires me to be a little more active. Most of us have jobs that require a lot of sitting, including myself. Since the app keeps track of your steps, it has instilled mindfulness regarding my physical activity.
What do you do to improve your holistic health and mindfulness?
I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below.
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