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8 Holistic Tips on How to Stay Healthy in 2024

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

Reducing processed junk food is vital for maintaining good health.

Junk food not only harms your health but also gives you empty calories. It lacks protein and fibre and often contains saturated fat, added sugar, and refined grains.

Recognising the harm these nutritionally poor choices can do is essential for building a foundation of optimal nutrition.

We have covered diet extensively in previous articles, discussing how to promote health through diet, nutrition, and supplementation, which you can read here and here.

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

The importance of incorporating natural products into your daily skincare routine cannot be emphasised enough.

Common sunscreens and personal care products often contain chemicals that can accumulate in your body’s fatty tissues over time.

By consciously opting for natural alternatives, you’d prioritise your skin’s health and that of your entire body.

This choice also contributes to a larger commitment to environmental sustainability, fostering a holistic approach to wellness for both yourself and the planet.

At the Naked Chemist, our products are crafted from natural ingredients with a real affinity with the skin, while our company philosophy truly aligns with environmental well-being.

If you’re keen to learn more about our sustainability development goals, we recently sat down with our founder to discuss the company’s commitment to sustainability and our eco-friendly practices.

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.

It encompasses a range of techniques designed to enhance attention, emotional awareness, kindness, compassion, and mental calmness, even in challenging circumstances.

Begin today by introducing regular meditation into your daily routine to instil a sense of kindness and increased empathy towards yourself and others while also cultivating a more measured response to life’s challenges.

To Conclude. The naked truth

In conclusion, the path to a healthier and more fulfilling life begins with self-love and a commitment to holistic well-being.

The wellness practices discussed, from journaling and stress management to natural skincare and meditation, serve as valuable tools on this journey.

Prioritising these daily practices allows you to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and embrace a lifestyle that nurtures your body, mind and soul.

So, choose to say “OM” to a mindful and balanced existence, where self-care is not just a routine but a profound act of self-love.

Namaste.

References

  1. Meta-Analysis of Short Sleep Duration and Obesity in Children and Adults

  2. Effects of Mindfulness on Psychological Health: A Review of Empirical Studies

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