While there is so much value in traditional healthcare, there is also value in adopting a holistic approach to your health. A holistic approach simply means taking a big-picture look at your wellbeing on all levels—mentally, emotionally, and physically—and doing things to fulfill you in all areas. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to implement these holistic rituals. Below, find six things you can do to uplevel your health holistically.
1. Soak up some sunshine
“While avoiding excessive sun exposure and applying sunscreen still remain top recommendations when it comes to preventing skin cancer, some sun exposure can actually be good for you,” says Dr. Yelena Deshko, ND, founder of Timeless Health Clinic. “Exposing yourself to bright sunlight each morning can help regulate circadian rhythm and boost your vitamin D levels. This also helps combat seasonal affective disorder and depression and also improves sleeping patterns.” If for whatever reason you can’t get outdoors for your daily dose of sun, you can use a full spectrum red light lamp as a backup.
2. Practice gratitude
Research has shown that practicing gratitude is an effective way to boost your mental health and overall wellbeing. “Most of us spend the majority of the day focusing on various problems either at work or in our personal lives,” Dr. Deshko says. “Taking a few minutes daily to reframe our outlook and count our blessings essentially trains our brains to consistently experience more positive feelings.”
The best part: it’s easy, quick, and completely free. You can simply feel gratitude for the things and people in your life as you move through your day. Or, better yet, keep a gratitude journal and write down five things you’re grateful for every morning or night.
3. Switch to natural products
Another way you can holistically uplevel your health is by simply switching your beauty, skincare, and lifestyle products to natural versions. Many traditional products you find at the drug store are laced with toxic chemicals that are not good for your health. Do your research. Educate yourself on the topic.
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4. Work with a therapist
Whatever you may be struggling with, know that you don’t have to go through it alone. Seek the help of a professional such as a therapist or psychologist who can support you. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Therapy can help you deal with emotions, cope with hardships, and see things from a different perspective.
5. Move your body
It’s no surprise that exercise is one of the best ways to improve your health. Yoga, in particular, is one workout style that offers many mental and physical benefits including stress and anxiety relief, improved flexibility, and better sleep. Want to try it out for yourself? You can score two free months of online yoga classes via MyYogaWorks to practice in the comfort of your own home when you sign up for a Rael subscription. Remember to enter the code RESET.
6. Don’t fight germs
It’s normal to be extra careful about germs, especially during flu season. But, there is such a thing as being too careful by doing things like excessively reaching for antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. This can hurt your health rather than protect it.
“Eliminating most germs robs our immune system of the opportunity to learn and upgrade, which can lead us to actually be more susceptible to illness,” Dr. Deshko says. “Encountering germs helps our immune system develop memory cells to effectively combat disease in the future.”