When we think about health, diet and exercise are usually the first things that come to mind. Good health is not just about the physical body, however. The mind and body are intertwined and can have a profound impact on one another.
One of the guiding principles of holistic health is the interconnection of all things, including the mind, the body, and the world in which we live. Since everything is so interconnected, it is also easy for things to get out of balance. Especially when our normal lives are disrupted, it can be difficult to maintain mind and body balance.
That being said, it is all the more important to achieve such a balance while you are going through tough times. So, to learn how you can achieve a healthy balance of your mind and body at home, continue reading.
Why you Should Take Care of your Health
Health is not merely the lack of illness or symptoms in a holistic perspective. Rather, it is a state of full wellbeing, strength, and wholeness. We’re safe when we can completely digest all that we take in, remove what’s not nourishing, and delete everything that doesn’t serve us.
This includes our food, our relationships, our work, and all the experiences in our lives. In comparison, illness occurs when there is a disturbance or a blockage in our body and mind’s flow of energy and information. Symptoms and illness are a warning from the body that we need to regain equilibrium, remove what triggers the blockages, and restore balanced knowledge flow.
The Connection Between the Mind and the Body
Since body and mind are inextricably related, we set off a cascade of biochemical reactions in our nervous system that affects all the molecules in our body each time we have thought. The cells track the emotions continuously and are influenced by them.
Our feelings, decisions, and interactions are affect our propensity to become safe or sick. A man in a toxic working environment may have debilitating headaches that do not respond to numerous medications. A woman may determine that she can no longer tolerate the demeaning actions of her husband, and her crippling panic attacks subside “mysteriously.”
Of course, that is not to suggest that our environment “cause” all illnesses. The relationship between mind and body is complicated, and things often happen on a physical level that we don’t have a reasonable explanation for.
So, you must understand that we may have an innate propensity toward health or deficiency. In certain situations, genetic variation is the primary underlying cause of a disease. At the same time, through our emotions, experiences, and choices, we have an incredible ability to heal and change ourselves. The body is a marvelous intelligence network that can clarify much more than existing medical science can.
Achieving the Balance
Below, you will find a list of various things you can do at home to help improve the balance between your mind and your body.
- Read and learn a lot. Your education isn’t supposed to stop once you’re out of school. Open your mind to new possibilities, beliefs, and interests by reading, taking online classes, watching documentaries, and attending workshops.
- Meditate regularly. Meditation improves your memory, attention, mood, immune system function, sleep, and creativity. It only takes a few minutes a day to start reaping the benefits.
- Practice yoga. Yoga is excellent for your overall health. It helps you build strength, coordination, and flexibility while calming your mind. It also encompasses the connection of the mind, body, and soul.
- Avoid sitting for long periods. If possible, try to stand or move around while you’re working. Too much sitting is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and a shorter lifespan.
- Get at least 15 minutes of moderate to rapid exercise every day. This is vital for your heart’s health, physical stamina, and your overall mood.
- Spend time outside. Now is the perfect time of year for hiking, boating, picnics, outdoor sports, wild food forage, camping, and much more!
- Add more vegetable-based foods to your diet. Eating a lot of vegetables and fruit can help prevent chronic disease. Shop the market for fresh produce from your local farmer.
- Get involved in a volunteer organization or activity group. Use your voice or talent to do some good in the world. We’re all connected, and it’s unbelievable to experience that connection when we’re working towards a common goal.
- Fuel your passions, please. Set aside some time every day to do what makes your soul happy. Many of us work so hard that we forget how great it feels to paint, dance, make music, write, garden, or swim.
- Practice gratitude. Take some time every day to write or think about things you’re grateful for, like family, friends, pets, food, shelter, health, or the beauty of nature.
- Be kind to all. This includes yourself!
- Get enough sleep every night. It is vital for your body and your mind to function properly.
- Get the harsh chemical cleaners and make up products out of your house. Shop for green cleaners or make your own.
Establishing a healthy dialogue between our thoughts and our molecules helps us move from imbalance to balance. And when we are in an optimal state of dynamic balance, we naturally tend to listen to our bodies with love and reverence and make choices that promote balance, happiness, and our overall wellbeing.