10 Awesome Ways to Embrace Holistic Living Without Sacrificing Your Daily Routine

via Andrey Pavlov

Holistic living is all the buzz, with health and wellness ideas being promoted around the blogosphere. But what if you simply don’t have the time for a daily nature walk, coffee enema, dry body brushing, and a therapeutic massage? 

Well, you’re in luck because here are 10 holistic living hacks for making your existing routine more healthy and rewarding. Ready? Here we go…

Multitask Your Meditation

For those of us who lead a busy life, it can be hard to find the time to meditate on a regular basis. To inject some more inspiration and positivity into your day-to-day life, consider listening to pre-recorded audio meditation tracks while you drive, catch the bus, or get some things done around the house. In addition to helping you to relax and stay positivethroughout the day, these tracks can also teach you tools to improve your day-to-day activities and encounters.

Stevia Instead of Sugar

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This is a simple and easy way to improve your health without sacrificing the little luxuries of life. As most of us now know, too much refined sugar in your diet is unnecessary and could contribute to problems such as lowered immunity, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. 

To enjoy the sweetness without the ill effects, consider replacing refined sugar with stevia. A natural plant sweetener from South America, stevia has a near-zero calorie count and doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels like refined sugar does. Be aware that a little stevia goes a long way, so be sure to check the serving size on the container before loading up your spoon!

Choose Fair-Trade Tea and Coffee

Get yourself off to a great start each morning with a cup of fair-trade tea or coffee. In contrast to beverages from large brands that may have lost track of their supply chain, fair-trade and ethical certified companies make sure that all of the farmers and producers involved in the process are paid properly and enjoy decent living conditions. This means no slave or forced labor, no sweatshops, and no environmental destruction for profit.

When looking for fair trade beverages, look for the globally-recognized fair trade certified symbol on the box and be sure to research any certifications or memberships that the product displays. 

Order Organic Vegetables Online

No time to go to the farmer’s market? No worries. With CSAs and farmer co-ops, you can often find a local supplier who will deliver to your door. Some of these associations allow you to pick and choose from their online catalog, while others offer a weekly or bi-weekly delivery of assorted seasonal fruits and vegetables.

By signing up for fresh, local produce, not only will you be able to eat more healthily, but you’ll also be supporting the local economy and small-scale farmers at the same time.

Clean Up Your Skincare Cabinet

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If there’s anything that women typically have a lot of, it’s skin creams! Party-plan events, presents, and discounted offers at the shops can tend to supply a steady stream of moisturizers, lip balms, and facial cleansers. But when you look at the ingredient lists, some of these products might not be so health-friendly.

Typical skin care creams contain ingredients such as parabens, SLS, and fragrances that create a toxic build-up in our bodies that can make us feel fatigued and even affect our hormonal balance. Instead, go for natural skin care products with nourishing ingredients that you can pronounce. The price you pay for quality is well worth it!

Switch Up Your Laundry Powders

Similar to skin care products, laundry powders often contain a host of toxic ingredients that make the powder froth up, smell nice, and brighten your clothes. This includes ingredients such as fragrance/parfum, sodium lauryl sulphate, phenol, and 4,4′-Diamino-2,2′-stilbenedisulfonic acid. 

Avoid problems like skin irritation and reproductive damage by choosing a non-toxic, biodegradable laundry powder to use for washing your clothes, sheets, and towels. As well as protecting your health, using a biodegradable powder also means that you can empty your washing water onto the garden and save precious drinking water.

Exercise at Home

Going to the gym can offer many benefits to busy people—including increased energy and greater strength. When you don’t have time to make it to the gym, a short workout at home can go a long way towards helping you to feel better and keep moving towards your fitness goals.

Spend 15-30 minutes every morning, afternoon, or evening doing a few key exercises like pushups, sit ups, and squats to work the main large muscle groups.

Treat Yourself to an Epsom Salt Shower

Self-care rituals like soaking in the tub are something that most of us would like to do but that invariably ends up at the end of the priority list. For those who want to enjoy the benefits of a bath but don’t have the time to soak for half an hour, you can turn your shower into a mini-soak with a little creativity and the right ingredients. 

Epsom salt has been known for a long time as a useful mineral for supplying magnesium to the body and supporting gentle detoxification—especially when used two or three times a week. You can create an Epsom salt foot bath in the shower by putting in the plug and adding at least half a cup of Epsom salt. To fight foot fungus while you bathe, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mix.

Diffuse Essential Oils

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While we’re on the topic of natural health-boosting products, let’s talk about essential oils. These beautiful, pure oils are wonderful for setting the mood when diffused and can also be used topically for skin complaints and relaxation.

Diffusing essential oils throughout the day is something you can do at home or at work and only takes a minute to set up and clean up. For energy and focus in the morning, try diffusing some citrus oil or peppermint oil. In the afternoon, give yourself a lift with sweet orange, eucalyptus, and cinnamon bark essential oils. In the evening, a blend of lavender, clary sage, and Roman chamomile essential oils can help you to relax and drift off to sleep.

Smile!

To finish, here is the easiest and most powerful thing you can do to improve your health and wellbeing that won’t inconvenience your lifestyle one bit. And that’s… SMILE! 

When you smile, your mood improves, your stress levels drop, and your whole body starts to relax. Smiling can also affect your relationships in a positive way: When you smile at others, people are more likely to see you as attractive and sincere, and may even smile back! 

As you can see, there is a lot you can do to live a more holistic lifestyle without sacrificing your daily routine one bit. Taking small steps like the ones mentioned above can make a big difference to your home and even the world!

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