10 Wellness Tips to Start a Holistic Lifestyle

Holistic health is an approach to wellness that simultaneously addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual components of health.

10 Wellness Tips to Start a Holistic Lifestyle

Most of us think about wellness as nutrition, exercise, and weight management.

But, by doing so, are you neglecting your health?


There are 9 aspects to wellness. If you neglect one, it adversely affects the others.

  • Physical (Muscle strength, digestive health, etc.)
  • Intellectual (Cognitive stimulation)
  • Emotional (Feeling positive)
  • Social (Strong connections, relationships)
  • Spiritual (Values)
  • Vocational (Work, sense of accomplishment)
  • Financial (Security)
  • Environmental (Pleasant, supportive)
  • Sleep (Recover, replenish)


A holistic lifestyle simultaneously helps you focus on all aspects of wellness.

And, it’s easier than you think to start!



How to Start a Holistic Lifestyle

You’ve got your own views on what it means to live a full life. To achieve your goals, you need to acknowledge there’s an intimate connection between your body, mind, and spirit/soul. Then, it’s easy to start a holistic lifestyle. Keep reading for simple tips. 


What is a Holistic Lifestyle?

Your body can do amazing things if you treat it as a whole. Your body wants to be well. It wants to return to wellness – something scientists refer to as equilibrium.


Does a Holistic Lifestyle Help?

Yes, it’s been around for centuries – this idea that taking care of yourself involves more than taking a walk and eating your vegetables.

Mounting evidence shows wellness comes to those who consider their whole person.

For example, in a large Canadian study, healthcare practitioners noted positivity and mental wellness were protective against cardiovascular heart disease. 

In another study, older adults healed faster when their emotional, social, and environmental wellness was included in their recovery plan.



What is Holistic Nutrition?

You’ve heard food can change your mood. But, there are so many things affecting what foods you eat: your mood, work schedule, family members, gut health, lack of sleep, etc.

How can you eat well with all of that going on?

You create an eating plan that works around your hectic lifestyle, digestive and family needs. A holistic nutrition plan is one that works for you, so you can more consistently eat healthy.



Why Can’t I Consistently Eat Healthily?

It’s possible to know what choices will bring you health and wellness …but, you might not act on it. (Or, you easily slide back to familiar ways.)

That’s human nature!

It takes mental energy to self-regulate and your body is always looking for ways to conserve.

What’s the trick? Experts suggest you put the healthy behaviour into a routine. You’ll spend less time and energy consciously thinking about it.


Here are simple ways you can easily add healthy, holistic lifestyle habits into your routine to improve your wellness.



10 Wellness Tips to Start a Holistic Lifestyle


  1. Find whole foods you love to eat.
  2. Set a bedtime; make sleep a priority.
  3. Breathe deep, often during your day.
  4. Reach out to someone special.
  5. Get outside in nature.
  6. Move to boost your mood.
  7. Eat clean, and avoid harmful foods.
  8. Try to stay in the moment.
  9. Listen to your body.
  10. Write down what you’re grateful for.


Explore more about holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

Learn More


Link between healthy lifestyle and psychological well-being in Lithuanian adults aged 45-72: a cross sectional study. BMJ Open 2017;7(4):e014240.

Don’t worry, be happy: positive affect and reduced 10-year incident coronary heart disease: the Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey. Eur Heart J 2010 May;31(9):1065-70. 

Dimensions of wellness: change your habits, change your life. Can Vet J 2017 Aug; 58(8): 861-862.

Self-healing: a concept for musculoskeletal body pain management – scientific evidence and mode of action. J Pain Res 2021; 14: 2943-2958.

A preliminary study on self-healing and self-health management in older adults: perspectives from healthcare professionals and older adults in Taiwan. Gerontol Geriatr Med 2022 Jan-Dec; 8: 23337214221077788.

Habits in everyday life: thought, emotion and action. J Pers Soc Psychol 2002 Dec; 83(6): 1281-97.