Making the choice to become a healthier, happier you, is easier said than done. Now that you know you want to be better, where do you start? Check out this list of daily ways you can add holistic health to your routine. Pick one, and watch your life shine a little brighter!
When it comes to ‘Holistic Living’, where are you on the scale from 1 to 10?
When I started this blog about diets and weight loss, I thought I was already living a decently holistic life. Then as I tried new things, and studied more of the newest research about our bodies and our health, I found that I needed to be better!
Now I’m almost addicted to the holistic health life because of how good it makes me feel! (and also how good it makes me look).
So how do you bump up your health in a holistic way? I came up with a list of a few of my favorite ways to do that.
FIRST! DO NOT JUST LOOK AT THIS LIST! Before you read it, already commit to yourself that you will pick one. JUST ONE! Of these things, and begin to implement it daily into your life. EVERY DAY FOR 2 WEEKS. Once you do that, you should be able to see or feel a difference, and like me, will WANT to keep going to make it a habit.
Holistic Health Daily Routine
Living a holistic lifestyle isn’t just about being more natural and organic, turning to
alternative healthcare and using organic products and food. . .While that can be a big part
of it and all of those changes are wonderful to add to your routine, holistic health is a
balance between your body, mind, and spirit.
It is within this delicate balance that we are able to live a fully healthy life where total
wellness is the goal.
One of the best things you can do in order to find this holistic balance is by creating
daily routines. This allows you to fit each component of holistic living into your life
without becoming overwhelmed.
- For the Body
The first category of holistic practices are mostly for the body, though of course they
benefit your mind and spirit as well. Here are some holistic habits to add to your daily
routine for your physical health:
Natural Supplements to Take Daily
While there are many vitamins and supplements you should take each day for optimal
health, the ones we are talking about specifically for holistic health are for preventative
health. This means you are working hard to build up your immune system and try to
I was taught by my chiropractor dad that everyone needs the 3 basics supplements:
- A good multi-vitamin
- Omega 3s
- Vitamin D
So when my dad handed me his favorite ‘multivitamin’ I was surprised and a little disappointed in just how few vitamins it actually covered. Turns out a good multi doesn’t mean a wide variety. It just mean good quality. And for most of us, we either normally eat, or make ourselves, enough of the other basic vitamins that we don’t need the vast array that are in some bottles. So check out his favorite multi. It comes in Gluten-Free as well.
My dad could talk all day about omega 3s! He is a big fan of healthy fats. He likes to point out that it is called ESSENTIAL fatty acids for a reason. . .that reason being it is ESSENTIAL for our body to have fats in order to work properly (same thing, btw, with ESSENTIAL amino acids aka protein). Here is his recommendation for the Omega 3s. They also have an orange chewable version. . . mostly for kids. . . but I use them along side my children.
We had such a long conversation about vitamin D once, that I had to write a whole blog post about it. (Vitamin D and Sunlight). Basically, in order to keep up the high amount of vitamin D through daylight, you have to be outside for a very specific amount of time each day, AND at a specific hour according to where you live. . . Or you take real, whole food vitamin D. Here is what he recommends.
Here are some other natural supplements that can help build a stronger immunes system that are also great for your daily routine include:
When it comes to exercise and moving your body, there is no wrong way to do it. But for
holistic health and Ayurveda practices, yoga is one of the best you can participate on a
daily basis. Even when you are taking a rest day from your regular workout routine,
yoga is really easy on your body.
I have started doing a 5 minute WARRIOR FLOW in the morning. Because, no matter how much I love yoga, there are too many days where I cannot commit to the time it usually takes. Check out this youtube channel where they take you through the salutation. . . Turn it on every morning for the first few times and follow along with it. Soon enough you’ll have the salutation memorized and can just do it first thing out of bed. I have felt that it really opens my breathing for the rest of the day.
Use Natural Skincare and Haircare Products
Now is a great time to commit to more natural and organic products, especially those
you use on your skin or hair. Companies are providing more natural options than ever
before, so you can avoid things like chemicals, dyes, sulfates, parabens, and animal
testing. Just a quick check of the labels will tell you everything you need to know.
I also love using a dry brush right before getting in the shower. . . better than any body wash out there!
Check out exactly why here (Dry Brushing)
Replace Coffee with Herbal Tea
A very simple switch you can make in the morning is to have herbal tea instead of
Not only do you have less stimulants in your body to prevent that caffeine crash in a few
hours, but you also get the added benefits of natural herbs in the tea.
If you don’t want the caffeine, consider rooibos, chamomile, or peppermint tea.
Weirdly enough, my favorite energy drink to have in the morning, is a shot of Chlorophyll with a large glass of water. Here are the reasons why.
Eat Nourishing Meals
Another big part of your holistic health is eating more nourishing foods. You want to try
to eat as many foods in their whole, natural form as possible, including fruits and
vegetables, nuts and seeds. When choosing meat or seafood, go for the
kind that is humanely treated and organic, and reduce processed foods as much as
possible. I am a big fan of keto, paleo, whole foods, and other diets like those where they just completely cut out the toxic processed foods like sugar and concentrate on the nutrient-dense options instead.
- For the Mind
Next, you have holistic habits to add to your routine for your mind, including emotional
and mental health. These include:
Write in Your Journal
It doesn’t get much better than journaling when it comes to your mental or emotional
health. For holistic habits that improve your mind, writing down your thoughts and
feelings is extremely beneficial. This can be a therapeutic experience that is easily done
in just 5 minutes a day.
And bonus, if you want to have a quick weight loss motivation. Buy this tracing book from amazon!
Some things to remember about journaling:
There are no rules – Feel free to write as much or as little as you want, use any type of
notebook you have on hand, and don’t worry about your spelling or grammar.
Try different methods of journaling – There are many different forms of journaling,
including using prompts, brain dumps, stream of consciousness, and daily journaling
similar to writing in a diary. Feel free to experiment with what works best.
Express gratitude – Every time you write in your journal, try to write a few things you
are currently grateful for in your life.
Take an Epsom Salt Bath
The reason we included this in the mind section and not body is because many of the
benefits help with your mental and emotional health. Epsom salt benefits are wonderful
for releasing toxins from the body, but they also release them from the mind. After just
one bath, you feel rejuvenated, stress-free and with reduced anxiety.
Many people find that with at least one Epsom salt bath a week in their routine, they feel
more relaxed, and at a much calmer mental state.
And bonus, there have been studies that show it can contribute to weight loss!
Breathwork is a term for any type of breathing exercise you do. Breathwork can also be
very healing, helping you to work on healing any traumas you have in your life, reduce
stress, and calm the mind and spirit. Adding breathwork to your daily routine is a
wonderful way to start the healing process.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are another great way to improve your mental health and nurture your
mind. There are many ways to use essential oils in your daily routine, including in your
bath, using a blend that is applied to the skin, adding them to your diffuser during
meditation, or lighting aromatherapy candles when you need to relax.
- For the Spirit
Holistic practices for the spirit encompass your body and mind, physical and mental
health, and really working on your spiritual side. It is the final piece of the puzzle for total
wellness. The holistic habits for your spirit include:
Mindfulness is going to help every area of your life, but particularly with your spirit and
emotional health. Being more mindful is something you can do at any time of day,
whether you are eating, walking, reading, playing with your dogs, resting, or even
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, without judgment. You don’t think
about the past or what your plans are next, but just live each moment fully. During a
meal, if you sit down in silence and just really savor each bite, thinking about the colors,
textures, and tastes of your food, you enjoy it and appreciate it so much more. This can
really light up your spirit.
You can also nurture your spirit with a daily meditation practice. Before you begin, you
may feel a little intimidated, but don’t worry; nobody is perfect right away. In fact, you
don’t have to try to clear your mind and be in a meditative state. You can start with just
a few minutes of deep breathing each day, and allow your thoughts to come and go
naturally. You can add this on to your 5 minute yoga morning. I like to put one hand over my center, and one hand over my stomach as I imagine going within and helping myself with any problems I face.
Use Mantras or Affirmations
For more holistic spiritual habits, try using mantras or affirmations each day. These are
really easy to add to your daily routines, and allow you to change your mindset over
time. You can use the same ones each day or alternative them based on each day’s
Spend More Time in Nature
Similar to other holistic habits, being outside more in nature not only helps your spirit,
but your body and mind as well. This is a really therapeutic activity that costs you
nothing and only takes a few minutes each day. Get outside in any capacity you can,
from just going out to your patio or balcony, spending time in your garden, or heading to
a nearby park or forest.
The more time you spend outside in nature, the more you will start to feel more
connected to the earth and understand how much it benefits you.
- Create a Morning Routine
Now that you have an idea of the practices for your daily routines, let’s go over some of
the best ones to do in the morning. While you are not limited by doing any of these
habits during a particular time of the day, this does help you to get them added to your
Holistic Habits for Your Morning Routine:
Herbal Tea – Naturally, switching from coffee to tea is best to do in the morning with
your first beverage. This also makes it easy to get your body used to not having as
much caffeine, so eventually you can switch to just plain water if you prefer.
Mindfulness – While mindfulness is easy to do any time of the day, adding it to your
morning routine is an easy way to get started. Be in a mindful state when you first wake
up in the morning and until you get started on the rest of your routine. Those few
minutes of quiet and calm really help to set up your day in a relaxing way.
Yoga – Days get hectic very easily, so if you want to add yoga or any exercise to your
routine, doing it in the morning helps you get it out of the way so you don’t have to worry
Using affirmations – There are many ways to use affirmations and mantras in your
daily routine. If you have never used them before, try saying the affirmations out loud in
the morning during your morning routine as a way to set intentions for the day.
Spending time in nature – An easy way to add spending time outside to your daily
routine is by doing it first thing in the morning. After you go through your basic hygiene
practices in the morning, bring your cup of tea outside on your patio or balcony to enjoy
the fresh air.
- Create a Nighttime Routine
There are other holistic habits that tend to fit in a little better in the evening, and provide
more benefits when you do them at night.
Holistic Habits for Your Nighttime Routine:
Journaling – You can definitely journal in the morning as well, but morning routines get
busy and crowded very easily, so when you first start out, save it for the evening.
Meditation – Meditation in the evening before bed is a great time to practice since it
helps to relax your mind and get you into a calm state before bed. You may notice that
you sleep much more soundly and have more calming dreams.
Epsom salt or essential oil bath – Enjoy a nice relaxing bath in the evenings as you
get ready for bed. This can be with Epsom salts, other types of healing salts, or
Breathwork – Lastly, doing breathwork in the evening near when you do meditation can
also be really calming for you before bed.