Make Your Health Super Simple With 5 Dimensions of Holistic Health

Make Your Health Super Simple With 5 Dimensions of Holistic Health

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I know you are busy. I get it! Between work, house chores, mental and emotional health, maintaining healthy relationships, and everything else going on in life, making healthy living simple can feel like a daunting task.

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking we need to do something big in order for our physical health and wellness goals to stick. But what if I told you that taking small steps toward holistic health was just as effective?

You just have to learn how to take care of yourself holistically! Using my 5 dimensions of holistic health is a great way to do that!

This means looking at all aspects of your health and well-being in order to feel good about yourself. When you are feeling good physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and occupationally – you can achieve anything!

I hope that by the end of this blog post you have a better understanding of how to create more balance in your life and live a more harmonious lifestyle.

Let’s get started!

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What is holistic health?

how to achieve optimal health with holistic health


When you are interested to send a healthy lifestyle, you may have heard of holistic health somewhere. How is holistic health different from the traditional approach to health?

Holistic health takes a wide view of your overall health and asks you to consider things like emotional care and social wellness in order to maintain your overall health. Not just monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

You may often see “Eat this not that” or “Scientists found out eating XYZ food regularly is good for health.” However, catching up with every latest health tip can be exhausting and confusing! (I’ve been there).

Instead of paying attention to every health tip, holistic health takes a whole-person approach. In other words, the 5 dimensions of holistic health can help you look at your health with a wider lens!

Also, I want to share with you why the “New fact – Eating XYZ 2 times a day” approach is outdated. Because every single person’s body is different! What works for you may not work for your partner and it’s a very natural thing.

In a way, holistic health can provide you with a place where you can always come back and check your current status by yourself in a simple manner!

Want to find out how to make healthy living very simple?

YES!

Alright, let’s do this!


What are the 5 dimensions of holistic health?

1. Physical health


We all know eating well, sleeping well, and exercising well is the key to optimal health. From a holistic health point of view, physical health is only a part of the dimensions of wellness.

We all want a healthy body, but how can we make it simple? It’s scary and feels overwhelming to change our health habits. So making a small behavior change is the key to achieving wellness!

My tips:

  1. Crowd out your food. Start reading food labels and see if you can reduce processed foods and consume nutrient-dense foods, you don’t need to add a bunch more strange foods to achieve health.
  2. Stay hydrated. Add a slice of lemon to make it tastier!
  3. Start adding 5 minutes of exercising time into your daily life
  4. Try some sleep tips to have quality sleep for increased energy and better mood

Pick one tip and try it this week. Celebrate your wins with your friends and family. Or comment on this article, I would love to hear from you!


2. Emotional/Mental health

taking care of emotional health is crucial for your well being


We all know that taking care of our mental health is one of the most important dimensions of wellness. But we may not be familiar with what emotional health actually means.

Some experts say emotional health and mental health are two different things, but they are actually intertwined. Emotional health is often mixed up with mental health. And when we talk about mental health, we may be actually talking about emotional health.

Emotional health refers to how you feel, express yourself, and how you cope with difficult situations. On the other hand, mental health refers to the occurrence of emotional health. If you take care of your emotional health well, you may experience less anxiety, depression, loss of energy, and insomnia.

So how can you improve your emotional health so that you can have a healthy mind?

My tips:

  1. Create your own stress reduction habits such as prioritizing and stopping being perfect! (For more information, check out my post about 10 healthy coping mechanisms in difficult times!)
  2. Manage life’s daily stressors using my holistic self-care tips
  3. Learn how to take care of your emotional health using a holistic approach

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    3. Social health

    Taking care of your social health important for overall well being


    Have you wondered why you don’t have as many friends as other people? – I did!

    My boyfriend has lots of friends and he usually hangs out as a group. On the contrary, I only have a few friends but I am really close to them. I usually hang out one-to-one and I don’t like hanging out as a group.

    I struggled with feeling like “Why don’t I have more friends or why can’t I hang out as a bigger group like my boyfriend does?” But the truth is, each person is different and if you don’t like hanging out in a big group, it’s fine!

    In fact, having a deep and meaningful relationship matters more than how many friends you have.

    So why does having a strong support network matter to achieve optimal wellness?

    Well, you may be surprised to hear this but according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, social connections can bring these positive effects to your health:

    • Increased immune system strength
    • Decrease depression and anxiety
    • Increased self-esteem and empathy

    If you’ve recently moved to a new place or are struggling to make a meaningful social connection, I have some tips for you!


    How to build a healthy relationship

    how to enrich your in person connections by setting healthy boundaries

    1. Learn how to set boundaries

    Are you having difficulty saying no?

    Do you sometimes make plans with friends even when you are slammed, or say “Yes” to the thing you don’t want?

    The thing is, it’s not selfish to say No! On the contrary, people around you may appreciate it if you say “No” more often.

    Why is that?

    It’s because if you become more assertive with what you want and what you don’t want, you will show up in front of loved ones with less grumpiness but more positivity and happiness! It definitely takes some practice to be able to say “NO” to someone. So start slowly and remember it’s not only you but others who benefit from you saying NO.

    Also, know that it’s ok to end friendships when you feel like you don’t enjoy spending time with the person. We always change and grow. One friend may be really close at one stage of your life, but it can always change as you always evolve.

    To learn more about boundary setting, listen to Michelle Elman’s podcast!


    2. Share your struggle

    When we make friends, we may look into what hobbies or interests each of us has. As your relationship grows, how about sharing some of your struggles?

    Sharing your struggles with your friends may sound scary. But I always found it helpful to build emotional connections. Like today, I shared with my new friend that I went through bipolar disorder and I lost most of my friends back then. She told me she recently lost friends who she thought were closer than they really were.

    The point is, you want to make friends who get you and want to support you not only when you are a fun and positive person, but also when you are having a difficult time.

    I found tiny budda helpful to find out more about how to make a deep connection!


    4. Spiritual health

    the examples of spirituality and why spiritual health is important for your well being


    For a long time, I seriously thought a spiritual person equals being a religious person. So I thought I’m not a spiritual person. But it’s not true! I like this explanation from the University of Minnesota about spirituality;

     “In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life.”


    So what are the examples of spirituality?

    • Feeling connected with nature or art
    • Searching for the meaning of your life
    • Asking yourself if your life is aligned with your intention
    • Practicing meditation to learn more about yourself and seeking inner peace
    • Keeping a gratitude journal to feel more grateful about your life
    • Appreciating your favorite music
    • Practicing yoga


    So now you understood what spirituality exactly means and the examples of spirituality. But why is spiritual wellness one of the most important dimensions of wellness?

    According to Everyday Health, being spiritual can bring tremendous benefits to your everyday life including:

    • Having a sense of purpose can help you prevent and relieve depression
    • Having a spiritual community can reduce loneliness
    • Boosting your immune system because rest-and-repair response (opposite to flight-or-fight) is switched on and help you heal from stress
    • Helps you cope with stressful situations
    • Your memory improves and you can think more clearly


    For me, it makes sense that spiritual well-being is so important for overall health. Because when I was in England, I lost my purpose and I was so depressed and lonely. I didn’t find the meaning of my life and I walked across the road every day wishing that a car would run over me.

    After having an extremely tough time, I always prioritize having meaning in my life by nurturing my spiritual health. So how can you practice spirituality to have a truly healthy body?

    My tips:

    1. Join FREE weekly online meditation class held by UCLA
    2. Go for Shinrinyoku (forest bathing)
    3. Try gratitude journal in the morning for 10-15 minutes
    4. Attend a local yoga class or practice yoga in your comfort space
    5. Practice meditation daily using apps like Insight Timer
    6. Watch free class on Coursera to find out the purpose of your life


    5. Occupational Health

    What is occupational wellness? Why is it important?

    You can measure your occupational wellness based on how satisfied you are with your current job. The easy way to measure your occupational wellness is if you:

    • can balance your leisure time and work time or not
    • are excited to go to work most of the time in the morning
    • have supportive and trusting coworkers or networks
    • feel like your value is financially rewarded enough or not

    Occupational wellness is extremely important since you spend 1/3 of your life working (90,000 hours!). If you do something you hate or that brings you negative energy, it really impacts your physical health.

    If you are stressed from work, you may experience mental health issues, anxiety, burnout, depression, insomnia, and substance abuse such as excessive alcohol consumption use and drug use. You may also feel like you want to rely on comfort food.


    You may sometimes feel like “Work is work! I’m just doing it to make a living! Life is hard and unfair.” but it doesn’t need to be that way.

    My dad has been working for the same company for 35 years, and he very often complains about how stressful his work is, and he “drinks” his stress. He often told me “Not everyone gets to do what they dreamed of and you may have to put up with unfairness sometimes.”

    Do you have a family member who talked to you like this?

    I grew up believing work is not something you hate and it has to be exciting. So for me, changing my career from software engineer to blogger was the best thing I’ve done for my health. And I want to share some tips with you if you are not sure what career paths may bring you joy:

    My tips:

    1. Do you have something you are passionate about? If so, maybe you want to look for careers that relate to your passion. Talk to people who work in the industry and see if you can picture yourself doing the job. If you need extra skills, look for ways to improve your skills online!
    2. If you don’t have something you are passionate about, be curious and start being aware of what you are drawn to in your daily life. Once you find something you are interested in, spend at least a couple of months learning more to see if it’s something you want to pursue as a career.

    (ex. Masterclass is a great place to learn about anything from industry top stars!)


    3. If you want to start a small business like blogging, start doing it after work or on weekends! Estimate your monthly living cost and how long it will take to start earning money from the business. Prepare enough savings before you leave your current job. Hire a mentor who’s an expert in the field and make an informed effort.

    Liked my tips? Choose one dimension of holistic health you want to work on and try one of my tips! Remember, you don’t need to start changing everything at once!

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