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Tips for Living a Whole Life

January 23, 2019

Living a whole life is the result of connecting body, mind, and soul. Focus on what you eat and drink, how you move, your sleep, and even your mental well-being.

Live a whole life with these tips to wholeness:Nutrition

Eat recognizable, unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fresh meat.

When you go to the store to buy food; buy things in their most natural, purest state. Don’t buy canned vegetables, buy fresh and eat fresh. Don’t buy pre-marinated or seasoned meats, buy them WHOLE and marinate or season them yourself.

Don’t buy easy, pre-made things that are usually sold in the middle aisles of the stores, stick to the edges of the stores. This is where the real food is.

Exercise

All types of exercise have tremendous benefits, from running and weight training to swimming to yoga to hiking to everything in between. Do what you love!

Schedule your workouts. You know how it works. If you don’t schedule something, it doesn’t happen. Treat your fitness routine like any other important commitment and give it the priority it deserves. You’re worth it!

Find a workout buddy or group. Team up with a friend who will keep you motivated and on track for success. Fitness classes are a smart way to stay motivated, too, because you can share and receive support from other class members.

Hydration

Drink ounces of water equal to your body weight.

Start a habit by drinking water with one of your most common daily activities—going to the bathroom. Getting up from your desk for a bathroom break? Stop by the kitchen to chug a glass of water. It’s just another way to build the habit into your daily routine.

Keeping up with how many glasses you’ve finished can be easy (and fun) with the help of a free app like Daily Water Free or Daily Water. Download them to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms.

Sleep

Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.

Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees.

No caffeine late in the day, coffee stimulates your nervous system and may stop your body from naturally relaxing at night.

Reflect

Start a reflection journal. Think about when you’d like to write, how long you’ll write for, and how often you’ll write. Morning or night? For five minutes or until you’ve written three pages? Every day or once a week? Get clear on this and it’ll make the whole habit thing a lot easier.

Write down whatever’s on your mind. Don’t filter yourself. Be honest. Let the thoughts flow. Think about what’s on your mind right now. What are those topics that you’re drawn to? What’s taking up your mental energy.

Read back through your journal entries over time. See how far you’ve come, reflect on what you’ve accomplished, and cherish your old memories.

Well-Being

Take a fast from social media. You choose the length of time. Notice if it gives you more time for more important things, and helps get rid of feelings of comparison.

Organize a space in your home or office that feels cluttered. Take on small spaces so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Reach out to a friend or neighbor that could use some kindness. Offer to bring dinner, watch a child or drop a note of encouragement.

Pay it forward by paying for the person behind you in line, at a coffee shop or drive through. You never know if you’ inspire the person behind you to pay it forward as well.

 

After just a few days you’ll recognize that there is the real power in taking responsibility for all of your daily choices — physical and mental. Knowing if you want to change something about your life, you can do it — you just have to take some simple daily steps!

XOXOX

-Denise and Emily

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