Are you conscious of the way you live? It is critical that we become more aware of our lifestyles and how we live in order to be the greatest version of ourselves. We should take responsibility for our own health. People who are mindful about looking after their own health are becoming more familiar with the holistic approach to health and wellness.
We can live fully alive in mind, body, and spirit without making it messy or complicated. We can empower ourselves to its optimal health if we are intentional in healing and developing our health as a whole, not just one aspect of it. When we talk about wellbeing, we frequently refer to the 5 Pillars of Wellness. Our curriculum, workshops, and prescriptions are built around the 5 Pillars of Wellness. It’s a straightforward, practical, and whole-body strategy that, if addressed even in its most basic forms, may help us thrive and reach optimal health. Improving imbalances in the five pillars below is a perfect way to start. Doing so will not only enhance our general health but also serve as preventative medicine and a disease management tool.
What are the 5 Pillars of Wellness?
Filtered, bottled or spring water
Water makes up about 60% of the human body. The 8-ounce (237-mL) rule suggests that you drink eight 8-ounce (237-mL) glasses of water every day. Water is used by your body to assist regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions in all of its cells, organs, and tissues. It’s essential to stay hydrated by drinking fluids and consuming foods that contain water, since your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion. Even slight dehydration has emotional and physical effects. So drinking enough water every day is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself.
Avoid chloride, fluorine, and heavy metals in your tap water (toxins). Brita filter can be a great investment.
Plant based anti-inflammatory diet
Food is medicine. Fruits and vegetables should be the mainstay of our diets.
The anti-inflammatory diet is an eating lifestyle rather than a specific plan. Fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fatty acid-rich meals, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, and spices are all part of an anti-inflammatory diet. We can find antioxidants in a variety of plant-based meals. We discourage or limit processed meals, red meats, and alcohol consumption and replacing them with healthy food and snacks.
You can start it by making minor changes, such as adding one fruit and one vegetable per day and increase slowly. Drinking a large glass of water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and honey is a great anti-inflammatory, aids in digestion, and provides many micronutrients vital to maintain health and wellness.
Exercise on most days
Motion is a lotion. One of the most important things you can do for your health is to exercise. Regularly exercising for 20-30 minutes each day, whether high-impact or low-impact, is helpful to your physical and mental health. It has the potential to lower the risk of a variety of major diseases, improve mental health and mood, and increase lifespan. Everyone benefits from exercise. It’s never too late to start small, and those early steps are essential.
There are a lot of varieties of exercises you can choose from, such as planking, yoga, burpees, pilates, hip dips, and more. Be open to yoga because it calms the mind, relaxes the body, and renews the spirit. Yoga meets you where you are at. It is low impact and people of all ages and abilities/disabilities can enjoy it.
Sleep 7-9 hours nightly
Do you know that 1 in every 3 Americans experience sleep deprivation?
Getting adequate, restful sleep can make a significant impact on your mental and physical well-being. A good night’s sleep can improve your memory and problem-solving abilities, keep you motivated, attentive, and interested, and even improve your mood and prevent depression. It can also aid in the maintenance of a healthy weight, the strengthening of your immune system, and the restoration of vital cells and tissues. To reap the mental and physical benefits of a good night’s sleep, make sure you keep a regular sleep routine.
Discipline to control your use of the electronics and prepare yourself for sleep. If you are living on all the 5 Pillars of Wellness, sleep should become natural and you should not need any medication. Meditation, reiki self-care, 4-7-8 breathing exercises, routine aerobic exercises, yoga, chamomile/sleepy time tea, prayer, and calming music are natural ways that can assist in uninterrupted sleep. Alcohol and drugs disrupt our normal sleep patterns and we do not enter REM sleep (Rapid-Eye Movement sleep) or restful sleep.
Love and Forgiveness of self and others
Unresolved conflicts might have a bigger impact than you think, since it can affect your physical health. According to studies, forgiveness improves health by lowering your chance of heart attack, boosting cholesterol levels and sleep, and reducing pain, blood pressure, and anxiety, depression, and stress levels. Furthermore, researches suggests that as you become older, the forgiveness-health relationship strengthens.
We strongly believe unconditional love is the greatest healer. Many of us carry wounds of the soul. It is important to work on being loving and forgiving to self and others.