Each day, women are inundated with all the ways we can be better. Prescriptions, fillers, surgeries, and deprivation top the list of methods pressed into every facet of our lives. It can feel inescapable, especially when you’re longing to make an active change to your wellness. These techniques make promises, but they cannot make you well. Did you know there are many things you can do, entirely within your control, to improve your health without investing in expensive interventions? Holistic support of your body can be yours with a few simple changes to your daily routine, and we at The Haven on The Central Coast want to make sure you know your options.
Move your body
It doesn’t matter where, how, or even for how long. Just move. There are so many options, so don’t be afraid to try as many as you want to find one that feels right for you. For some bodies, high-intensity cardio or dance-style movement may feel best. Others may be invigorated by running, jogging, or marathon pace movement. Still, others find healing in varieties of yoga (of which there are many).
Moving your body helps improve your relationship with your body, inside and out. It supports your mental health, confidence, and more regulated internal systems, leading to a lower resting heart rate and more mobility in muscles and joints. Physical strength and peace with how it feels to live in your skin may also increase when you find ways to move that feel good to you.
Be curious with your food
Focus on whole foods with diverse textures and tastes to consume a variety of whole and easily-digested nutrients. Adding color to your plate can engage your creativity in the kitchen and add valuable vitamins to your diet, all without necessitating a regimen of supplements to remember.
There are quite a few easy, grab-and-go options that, while they may be bland in color, offer a wide range of nutrients and pack a lot of flavors. Holistic treatment can start with a whole-health mentality.
Try monochrome superstars like:
- Oatmeal: easily paired with a variety of other foods and provides a low-cholesterol-but-filling whole carbohydrate to keep you steadily energized
- Greek Yogurt: Thick, deceptively creamy for its low-water content, and chock full of protein.
- Garbanzo beans: An impressive portfolio of vitamins and minerals delivered in a tiny beige pocket of versatile deliciousness.
Alter your inhale (and exhale)
Breathwork is a valuable addition to your toolbox for wellness. Mindful focus on your breathing is not something to be left for meditation or yoga, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. You can practice any time. After all, you’re always drawing breath—so why not spend time exploring the breaths that can improve your health? Balanced and conscious breathing can help your blood and muscle oxygenation, increase your energy and improve your mental health.
Try square breathing—4 seconds in, 4 seconds to hold, 4 seconds out, 4 seconds hold again—or try Bellows breaths- taking short, quick puffs of air in and out through your nose with a closed mouth. There are hundreds of breathing techniques, so try as many as you need to find the ones that feel best for you.
Smell some stuff. No, no. It’s not a joke; we mean it. Aromatherapy can be a powerful addition to supporting your health. Your sense of smell has a profound impact on not just our memory but our mood as well. Olfactory sensory input is a powerful message system to our brains, and some scents trigger equally powerful responses.
The nose knows, and we can help guide precisely what we’re telling it by inhaling scents that drive our emotions in the direction we need them to go. Scents like lavender and chamomile can relax the mind, while lemon oil or peppermint may provide a pick-me-up when required. Utilizing your nose to help improve your body’s function is a quick shortcut to feeling just a bit better when you need a boost.
This is but a fraction of the holistic remedies available to take charge of your healing and health. Pay attention to your body, to your mind, and to your intuition. If you encounter something on your journey to supporting wellness that doesn’t feel good, it may not be the best option for you. You cannot punish yourself into health. It’s important to remember that just because you try something doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it- if one or more of these remedies don’t feel good to you, stop and find a new one.
Caring for your body holistically can be a journey, but it is a worthwhile one. Often we walk the journey of restoring our bodies to health as we also walk the journey towards recovery from alcohol or drugs. Listen to what you need as there is no right or wrong in caring for yourself. Be curious in your adventure toward healing. Challenge yourself to grow. Reach out today and let The Haven on California’s central coast support you on your holistic journey.