Tending to your mind is just as important as tending to your body.
We tend toward forcing ourselves into the expectations of what we think we ‘should’ do. Whether that’s working harder, forcing positivity, or ignoring our emotions.
Taking a holistic approach allows us to step back and assess how we’re feeling mentally. What are the thoughts and emotions going through your head? How are they affecting your life? Keep in mind that your emotions often manifest in your body.
From there, it’s easier figure out what you need. For example, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you might need a mental break from creative work. If you’re feeling anxious, it might bet time to step away from the expectations of social media.
It’s important to cultivate a healthy mind because our mindset ultimately controls our actions. What we think, we create.
The body part of holistic living is usually the easiest to understand because it’s physical. We can easily see and measure the effects of nourishing the body.
Nourishing the body in a holistic way involves a lot of elements.
You know that it’s important to take care in determining the foods you eat. The more you nourish your body, the better it functions. And you also know that moving your body is important.
But when taking a holistic approach to nourishing the physical body, we also take into consideration things like sleep patterns, our connection with nature, the types of products we use in and on our bodies, and the health of each body system.
In holistic living, we also focus on wellness – living in a state of good health. We want to live in a healthy state rather than fix problems as they occur.
Of course, nourishing your soul can mean spirituality, but it’s also so much more. Living life aligned with your values and living with purpose are both essential. Nourishing your soul requires deepening your connections with others and spending time on meaningful contributions to the world.
Over time, as you nourish ‘soul’ elements, you’ll create a deeper relationship with yourself and how you connect with and understand the world around you.