A holistic lifestyle can be described as any lifestyle that makes an individual feel whole. It focuses on physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being, and it incorporates each of these things into daily life. Listed below are five ways in which you can live healthier with a holistic lifestyle.

1 – Be Aware of Everything Around You

Often, people go throughout their lives wearing proverbial blinders. They fail to notice the beauty and wonder in the world around them, and they might even lose touch with themselves and their emotions. The first step in living a successful holistic life is awareness of everything – of others, of your surroundings, and even of your own wants and needs. Similarly, you should always think in present terms without dwelling on the past or the future.

2 – Get (and Stay) Active

Although it is important to remain physically active in order to live healthier, it is also important to remain active in your lifestyle of choice. This means that it is important to continue learning about new paths to self-improvement, enlightenment, health, well-being, and more – and then putting those things into practice. Some examples of this include creating healthy recipes, empowering others to live holistically, and even starting a support group for those who want to adapt a holistic lifestyle.

3 – Respect Yourself and Others

In order to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, you must also build healthy relationships with others. What’s more, the adage “you must love yourself before you can begin to love others” certainly holds true in this case. To begin to respect and love yourself, pay attention to the cues you receive from your body and your mind. Then, you must learn how to tell others about your wants and needs in a respectful manner.

4 – Practice Meditation

Meditation is different for everyone, so you have a lot of flexibility here when it comes to finding a method that works for you. Regardless of the way in which you choose to meditate, you should always contemplate kindness and kind acts as you do so. Some people may choose to pray; others may rely on guided imagery and self-hypnosis. It is possible to meditate for as little as five minutes or for as long as five hours, and there are some holistic lifestyle experts who claim that sleep is the best and most effective style of meditation out there.

5 – Eat a Healthy Diet

Finally, holistic living is about adopting a healthy diet – and not just for a certain period of time. Holistic living is a complete lifestyle change, so you may need to make some permanent changes to your diet. When you eat right, you are respecting yourself; be sure to avoid excessive snacking, to consume three meals per day regularly, and to eat organic foods whenever possible while you avoid processed foods packed with unhealthy substances. Simple carbohydrates along with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is a great meal plan.

Just like any other lifestyle change, it may take you some time to get used to wholesome, holistic living. However, many of the benefits of this lifestyle are immediate, and this makes it easier for you to continue on the holistic path to enlightenment and well-being.

Todd Nelson, D.Sc. trained at the International Center for Natural Health and Medicine, graduating with both a Naturopathic Doctor degree and a Doctor of Holistic Health Sciences degree. Aside from heading the Tree of Life Wellness Center in Denver, Colorado as a naturopathic doctor, Todd is also a co-author of 3 books.