Here at the Naked Chemist, we genuinely embrace a holistic viewpoint.
That includes reflecting on what it truly means to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The most important thing is loving who you are: body, mind, and soul.
Yet, often, we get lost in all the noise and lose sight of valuing ourselves.
This causes us to make decisions based on other people rather than trust our intuition.
In this article, we’ll look at wellness practices you can embrace.
So you can start living the life of your dreams. Everyone say OM.
How to stay healthy
Tip #1: Start a Journal
Keeping a daily journal helps cultivate a genuine connection with yourself.
Carving out these moments for introspection in your busy day is a powerful tool for pursuing holistic well-being.
Journalling not only serves as a canvas where we can document our experiences but also as a place where we can become truly intimate with ourselves.
Over time, the pages become a testament to personal growth, a pathway to self-discovery, and an essential component in your ongoing commitment to health and self-improvement.
Tip #2: Manage stress
Tips on how to stay healthy would not be complete without discussing how to manage stress effectively.
In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become pervasive, impacting our bodies internally and externally.
The physiological stress response in our body can cause the redirection of blood away from the skin to the muscles, which causes us to look tired and drawn.
Beyond the visible effects of stress, it can also trigger the release of dangerous oxidative stress in the form of free radicals, which can lead to premature ageing.
So, as you can see, the toll that stress can take on your body, skin, and mind emphasises the importance of introducing stress reduction strategies into your daily life.
Take time to pause, relax, and engage in activities that bring you joy.
Stopping to “smell the roses” is not just a metaphor; it’s a practical reminder to prioritise moments of calm and self-care amid life’s demands.
Tip #3: Avoid junk food
Tip #4: Sufficient and quality sleep
This plays a pivotal role in overall health, extending way beyond its impact on mere tiredness.
Poor sleep is linked to individual risk factors for obesity and weight gain, and research (1) has linked insufficient sleep and rest to 89% and 55% increased risk of obesity in children and adults, respectively.
A lack of sleep can also affect your mood and even your cognitive function.
It may even contribute to insulin resistance, disrupting the delicate balance of appetite hormones and impairing mental performance.
So, as you can see, prioritising a good night’s sleep is integral to maintaining your physical well-being and managing and preventing weight-related concerns.
If you are keen to learn more, our article on why a lack of sleep can wreak havoc with your details on the importance of beauty sleep.
Tip #5: Use natural skincare
Tip #6: Maintain a healthy weight
Weight gain occurs when energy intake through food and drink exceeds the energy expended.
Regardless of the source, consuming more kilojoules/calories than you burn results in weight gain.
However, genetics, medical conditions, and certain medications can influence body size.
Mushrooms for weight loss, particularly varieties like reishi, chaga, lion’s mane, cordyceps, and maitake, are gaining popularity in weight loss supplements due to their potential benefits; they can help regulate stress, blood sugar, and metabolism.
When choosing a supplement, it is important to stress that you should consult a nutritionist as factors like quality, ingredients, and dosage need to be considered.
Tip #7: Practise gratitude
Gratitude, defined as the quality of being thankful and demonstrating appreciation for kindness, offers numerous benefits for overall well-being.
In positive psychology research, gratitude consistently emerges as a decisive factor linked to greater happiness.
Gratitude helps people experience more positive emotions and saviour positive experiences; it also contributes to overall health, dealing with adversity, and building strong relationships.
So, take time to notice and reflect upon the things you are thankful for, and establish a daily gratitude practice to help you magnify your positive feelings and reduce any negative feelings you have.
Tip # 8: Meditate daily
Meditation, an ancient practice encompassing techniques to enhance awareness, focus, compassion, and mindfulness, is a holistic means to help you integrate your mind and body.
This study (2) demonstrates how mediation can be a tool for navigating the stresses and anxieties of our fast-paced world.