Updated: Nov 13, 2022
The 4 pillars of House of Holistic Wellness are Nutritional, Emotional & Mental Health, Physical and Spiritual.
Here is the break down of each pillar and actionable steps to develop them in your life.
Nutrition is an important component of overall health. Ensuring you are eating a healthy diet is essential to building this pillar in your life. The more we learn about nutrition, the more it seems we should eat the way people did a hundred years ago. Recent research appears to be pointing us in the direction of eating mostly "whole foods" – that is, foods that are as close to their natural form as possible.
Whole grains instead of refined grains whenever possible.
Fruits, vegetables, and beans instead of supplements to provide the fiber and vitamins they contain.
A skinless chicken breast cooked with healthful ingredients instead of chicken nuggets processed with added fats, flavorings, and preservatives.
A baked potato with chopped green onions and light sour cream instead of a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips.
Fresh berries with breakfast instead of raspberry toaster pastries or breakfast bars.
A blueberry smoothie made with blueberries, yogurt, and a frozen banana instead of a blue-colored slushy or icee.
Eating a whole foods diet is our best bet for improving health and preventing disease.
Emotional & Mental Health
The emotional pillar covers your feelings, it contributes to healthy self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, and good emotional intelligence. Positive emotional wellbeing helps us cope and thrive in our relationships. It often coincides very much with our mental health. Enhanced mental health helps us make healthy choices, recognize our value, our worth and our potential. Good mental health increases our ability to share our gifts and skills with the world with ease. It helps us maintain healthier boundaries and good communication in our relationships. Being in control of your emotions or at least aware of how they can impact your relationships is a crucial part of your overall holistic wellness. The ability to be fully in the moment, is a useful way to encourage healthier mental wellbeing.
Try: Journaling as part of your daily routine. Even for the times that everything is going right, journaling can help you reflect on the parts of your life that bring you happiness and parts that don’t. It can also be a way to work through feelings you might not feel comfortable talking about with others. Check out our Anti anxiety Notebook.
Physical wellness includes much more than just exercise. Regular physical activity is certainly a component of this pillar, but there are several other aspects that make up holistic physical wellness, including healthy hygiene and sleep habits.
When it comes to hygiene, establishing proper habits will not only make you healthier but also more confident. Bathing regularly, trimming and cleaning underneath your nails, washing your hands and brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each brushing are all important when it comes to building up this physical pillar of wellness.
When we don’t get enough sleep, it can drastically reduce cognitive brain function, problem-solving skills and your ability to cope with stressful situations. This leaves you feeling overwhelmed by daily life and unable to cope with stressful situations. Low-quality sleep has also been linked to weight gain and reduced immunity, making you more susceptible to health issues. Lack of sleep can also trigger emotional feelings like anxiety, anger, fear and depression, which in turn just make the sleep struggles worse and can even lead to insomnia. Part of this is because the REM phase of sleep is essential for memory, learning and processing the events of the day, before storing them in long term memory. It is also the time the brain replenishes helpful hormones like dopamine and serotonin, which makes us feel good and gives us an energy boost. If you’re struggling to get enough REM sleep, then your body will be lower in these happy hormones, and you will struggle with negative thoughts and feelings.
If you’re struggling to sleep
Try: turning off your devices 30 minutes before bedtime and using blackout curtains,
take a bath or meditate. Listen to a relaxation audio track or some calming music, or just drink your cup of Chamomile tea in bed with a good book. If you’re still struggling to sleep, then solution focused hypnotherapy could help. Hypnotherapy has been proven to be a very effective method of tackling the underlying issues that lead to sleep deprivation, helping you achieve regular high-quality sleep again.
The spiritual pillars of wellness is unique to each person and their spirituality. Spirituality is
defined as the traditions and values by which people live. This helps to give people a sense of purpose and meaning to life, which in turn, helps guide actions.
Many People develop this pillar through meditation, prayer, or other means of fostering a connection with a higher power. This helps us work through tough times and develop resiliency and grace when we face obstacles in life.
Try: Practicing mediation. You can do this by sitting or lying in a comfortable spot, closing your eyes, and letting yourself breathe naturally. Pay attention to your breath and notice the movement of your body as you breathe. If your mind wanders, return your attention back to your breath, Try this for two to three minutes and repeat daily, working yourself up to longer intervals.