10 Habits for Whole Body Wellness

A healthy, balanced life takes an entire lifetime to build — it’s not something that you can achieve with a miracle remedy or elixir. You have to both work at it and experience it. Of course, there will inevitably be challenges, setbacks, and adaptations along the way. Sound overwhelming? It shouldn’t. Becoming healthier and reaching your goals starts with small habits you can adopt and modify each day. These habits can focus on a particular aspect of your wellness or be more holistic. Here are 10 habits for whole-body wellness.

What is whole body wellness?

Whole-body wellness may look different for you than someone else (much like finding the right vitamins for you). Overall, it defines an approach to improving your entire system as one cohesive unit — mind, body, and soul. It may sound complex, and it is, but that doesn’t at all mean that some of the most impactful solutions are difficult. They do require work, though, and, quite frankly, not everyone wants to do it.

As you reach certain milestones in your life — related to either time or goals — you simply have to remember that you’re not starting at the same point as others. In fact, you may be in an entirely different league. So, be careful comparing your health journey. It likely won’t compute. However, the following habits are fundamental enough that just about everyone can benefit from adding them to their routine or even just fine-tuning them.

1. Create a regular sleep schedule

The older you get, the less sleep you need to function at optimal levels. However, that doesn’t mean that entering independence or adulthood frees you from the need for Zzs. On the contrary, much of our adult life necessitates 7–9 hours of quality sleep each night. As you may know, your body repairs itself from the previous day as well as prepares for the next one during sleep. These simply aren’t actions it can complete properly while we’re awake or stirring. If you’re having trouble, melatonin, chamomile, or valerian root are natural remedies that can help.

2. Get some vitamin D and sunlight

Did you know that getting an adequate amount of sunlight (and vitamin D) during the day can also help you sleep better at night? This helps your body’s internal clock, a.k.a. your circadian rhythm, get in sync. Vitamin D also helps combat depression and even cancer.

3. Move your body

No, we don’t mean dive headlong into a weight room or into a Spartan race training program. Start small. Know your current limits and build upon them. If all you can handle is a few minutes of walking per day before you can get into a more elaborate workout routine, you should still be proud. A few minutes of stretching each day can also go a long way.

4. Sip responsibly

Drinking calories you don’t need is extremely easy and is one of the main contributors to a whole host of health problems. If you love soda, juices, and other sweetened beverages, try to limit yourself to one per day at the most, or search for lower sugar alternatives. And, no, we don’t mean all low-calorie or zero-calorie beverages are healthier. In fact, many of them are flavored with unnatural ingredients that can be just as bad for you. Try to drink as much water as possible anyway (or at least the recommended 8, 8oz glasses per day) — it’s important for your skin, digestion, fluid levels, and so much more.

5. Eat naturally colorful meals

Sure, achieving a rainbow-colored diet can be done with plenty of unhealthy options. But we’re talking fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains. There’s nothing more colorful (or better for your whole body wellness) than that assortment.

6. Love and trust your gut

Whether it’s keeping a food journal to keep track of things that upset your stomach or taking a probiotic each day, it’s important to both love and trust your gut (both literally and figuratively). There is a complex relationship between the mind and gut that researchers continue to learn more about.

7. Indulge in moderation

Many people understand how bad sugar and refined/processed products are for them yet can’t always access healthier options. Or, on the other hand, they ignore the warning signs and indulge like nobody’s business. We’re here to promise you that treating yourself in moderation — not denying yourself entirely — will actually lead to better health.

8. Ground yourself

Go to your room, literally. However, we mean that your room can be anywhere — the beach, your favorite park, your balcony — and you should spend some time alone here. Focus on your breathing. Reflect on things that are bothering you. Reflect on things that bring you joy. Giving yourself regular time for yourself is an act of love, and it can only help you love others better.

9. Determine a healthy stress remedy

In addition to the last point, perhaps you find that silence or solitude makes you uneasy. Maybe it’s not your preferred way of dealing with stress. Instead, maybe you like to blast your favorite music and go for a destination-less drive. Maybe you find that you like boxing or folding laundry or painting. Regardless, you deserve an activity that feels healing to you. After all, stress is no joke, and can lead to significant health issues.

10. Practice gratitude

If you ever feel lost or sad, thinking of something you’re grateful for may not come naturally at first. But there has to be at least one thing — you woke up this morning, after all. What you may find will help you, too, is helping someone else. Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, just to let them know you care about them or are thinking of them. It’ll make them feel good and you, too. Trust us.

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