What Holistic Living Means to Me


The holistic movement that you find when you Google "holistic living" or "holistic health" seems to suggest that you have to be a paleo vegan and you can't use any manufactured cleaning products.  That kind of shit.  If that's what you're into, you go girl.

I'm not into it.

Holistic living is much simpler and broader than that.  If you just Google "holism," you find a great definition that explains exactly what I mean.  It says that "parts of a whole are in intimate interconnection, such that they cannot exist independently of the whole, or cannot be understood without reference to the whole, which is thus regarded as greater than the sum of its parts."

Basically, there are different parts of us that work together to create the person that you see.  You're at your best when all of your parts, or selves, are working together.  Even though you have to consider the whole person to really understand the individual selves, it's also easier if we do treat these selves as separate when we're working on our selves.

The main areas that people usually address when talking about holistic living are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  I honestly cared way more about my mental and emotional health for many years because I dealt with untreated depression, anxiety, and inattention for years.  When I finally started to explore my spiritual beliefs, I basically changed into a different person.  Now I'm working on all of my selves because I feel like they're all at the same level.  If one of your selves feels like it's significantly lower than the others, focus on that one first.  If you feel that they're actually pretty level, feel free to put a little attention to each area.

Basically, holistic living doesn't have to mean that you're on a very restricted diet or that you spend most of your day in meditation.  It means that you make sure that each part of your self is where it needs to be so you can be your best self.  You can't get rid of these parts, so you might as well take care of them!  I've also seen people include interpersonal, environmental, and financial selves in their holistic living.  I would definitely recommend starting with the four main selves (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) before you move on to these.

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Benefits of Drinking Tea + My Daily Tea Schedule

Every time I see my psychiatrist or my primary care provider, they tell me to stop drinking so much caffeine.  I'm a little sensitive to it and I probably drink 2-3 cups of coffee per day, but it was negatively affecting my sleep, my anxiety, and even my concentration.  Having jittery energy is not better than having low energy.  I finally gave in and now I'm drinking maybe 4-5 cups of coffee a week and 2-4 teas per day.  I will still chug Starbucks on particularly exhausting days, though!  These aren't the only benefits of drinking tea and they aren't benefits that are only experienced by me.  There has been plenty of research and studies done about the health benefits of tea.  You're bound to find the right tea for you.  I've linked the teas that I mention in my post.  It's part of an affiliate ad for Amazon, which means I do receive a small profit if you purchase through my Amazon affiliate link, at no additional cost to you!  Affiliates help support this blog and my infatuation with tea.


BENEFITS OF DRINKING TEA
  • Drinking 4 cups of tea help keep your stress hormones in check, which means your skin and bloating also stay in check.
  • Green tea prevents high cholesterol.  They recommend 5 cups a day!
  • Oh, those antioxidants!  They're present in almost all teas and they prevent things like blindness.
  • Tea is an anti-inflammatory drink.  Inflammation is linked to SO many illnesses and diseases, from arthritis to depression to the common cold.
  • It's good for your heart and brain!  It's been linked to reduced risk of stroke, dementia, and cardiovascular disease.  It's also been linked to higher levels of focus, attention, and concentration.
  • It also helps protect against diseases commonly associated with aging, like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
  • Less caffeine means less jitteriness and possibility of sleep problems.
  • It's hydrating and if you don't add anything to it, it's usually calorie free!
  • Drinking tea may help prevent a variety of cancers.
  • Green tea can actually act as protection against UV rays!
  • There are a wide variety of teas and flavors, which means there are also a wide variety of benefits.

MY FAVORITE TEAS + WHEN I DRINK THEM
AM: Good morning, sunshine!  When you wake up and you need a caffeine boost to get you going, try drinking Yogi Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy.  It has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.  I like to add just a splash of vanilla coffee creamer to this drink.

Lunch: Green tea is my go-to tea to drink with lunch.  There are plenty of bottled options, but they aren't as healthy for you.  If you just need something convenient, they're a good option and definitely better than soda.  I like to cold-brew green tea overnight.  Just pop your tea bag in cold water and put it in the fridge before you go to sleep.  By lunch, you'll have a great cup of tea.  I like to add peach syrup to my green tea for an even sweeter summer drink.  I love the Heath and Heather Green Teas.  They have a TON of flavors!

Afternoon: I generally need an afternoon pick-me-up at about 2-3pm.  I like to drink Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea with a little bit of vanilla creamer.  It has about a third of the caffeine as a typical cup of coffee.  If you're sensitive to caffeine, this may not be a great option for you since it could interfere with your sleep.  But it's so tasty!

PM: I'm a huge fan of the calming properties of chamomile and lavender, so that's the tea that I dirnk before bed!  Depending on how I'm feeling, I may add a splash of vanilla creamer to this tea as well.  I know that the creamer is definitely taking away from the health benefits of tea in some senses (it isn't zero calorie anymore), but it adds just enough flavor and coziness to keep me drinking it.  Unfortunately, the tea that I love isn't available on Amazon, but I linked another brand that I absolutely love, called Traditional Medicinals.

Don't forget that I linked all of these teas at the bottom of my post so you can easily find them on Amazon and order them straight to your door!  Or if you love the feeling of staring at a shelf full of tea flavors, like I do, get out and go stare!  Maybe even pick up a new tea cup while you're out.

RESOURCES
This is a list of where I got my information about the benefits of drinking tea.  I decided to link them so you could see that I didn't just pull them out of thin air and so you have a starting point if you want to research the benefits for yourself.
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How to Get Shit Done (When You Really Don't Want To)

Here's the thing: not all of us have endless amounts of energy or motivation or productivity.  And there are days when we can't even bring ourselves to fake it until we make it.  There are people like me who, honestly, have problems with energy, motivation, productivity, procrastination, and following through.  We would much rather relax and stay reserved, but that doesn't mean we don't still want the results that we believe we deserve.  We've got the ideas and we've got the intentions, but nothing ever comes out of them.


Okay, but how do we make that lifestyle work for us?

First, I want you to take a few minutes and answer these questions.  Write this down.  Pen and paper.
  1. On an average day, how much energy do you have?  Use a scale of 1-10 and explain why you chose that number.
  2. Of that energy, how much energy can you devote to things you desire or want to do versus things you have to do?  Use percentages.
  3. On an average day, how much time do you use for things you have to do, things you want to do, and rest?  Use percentages.
  4. How can you best use your energy and time to see results without draining your energy and time?  Write whatever comes to mind, without judgment.
Were you really honest with yourself?  If not, tear up that paper and start over.  You have to be honest and you have to really care.  Do you feel that you can devote more time and energy to things that you want to do?  If not, why not?  If so, how can you do that?  I want you to answer these questions simply so you can have a better understanding of yourself and your energy.

Now we're going to answer some more questions.  Again, be honest.
  1. Write down the areas of your life that you consider to be most important.  Under these areas, write down specific things that you want to put more attention to and things that you want to accomplish in each area.
  2. Now go through and number your top 5 priorities.  Don't do anything with them yet, just keep them in mind.  Consider your areas to be just one huge list that isn't separated.  You may have all 5 in one area of life, 1 in each area, or maybe 2 here and 3 there.  That's okay.
  3. Okay, grab three highlighters.  Use one color to highlight tasks that require low levels of energy, in relation to the others.  Do the same for medium levels of energy and the highest level of energy.  Again, these are just in the top 5 so the energy requirements are relative to each other!  After you've highlighted them, write a 1 next to low energy tasks, a 2 next to medium energy tasks, and a 3 next to high energy tasks.
  4. Now pick your pen back up.  Pick a symbol to represent a big time commitment, a symbol to represent a medium time commitment, and a symbol to represent a small time commitment.  You can even just use * for low, ** for medium, and *** for high.  Not all of your high energy tasks will also require big time commitments, although they might.  Again, write a 1 next to tasks that will require a small amount of time, a 2 next to average amounts of time, and 3 next to the biggest time commitment(s).
  5. Now add up those numbers that you put next to each task!  Then list your tasks from smallest number to largest number.  The smallest numbers represent the tasks that will require the least amount of time and energy, while the largest numbers represent the tasks that will require the most amount of time and energy.
You're thinking, "what the hell was the point of all of that?"  SO GLAD THAT YOU ASKED!


I want you to do those tasks in order.  Why?  Because there is research that shows that if you do easier tasks first, you'll feel more productive and motivated to do harder tasks.  Doing harder tasks first can actually lead to energy fatigue, but you're obviously welcome to do it this way if you prefer!  You can skip around if one is calling out to you more than the others.  Do these tasks at your own pace.  Do this whenever you're feeling drained, but really do want to get shit done.  This is a great example of prioritization and it's great for people like me who love lists and highlighters and getting shit done, but don't always feel like they have the time or energy.

Now go get some shit done at your own pace.  Remember, you don't have to go for the hard, energy-draining tasks first.  And if you don't want to do a damn thing, don't.

Free Printable Wall Art + Making Graphics on Your Phone

Sweet Kristine, at My Little Box of Tricks, commented on one of my quote posts on Instagram and said that she would love that quote as a printable.  I loved the idea of making some wall art for y'all and jumped right in.  If you'd like to print any of the quotes, just click here and download them from my Google Drive.  I've posted them all below for you to preview, but first I wanted to share the app that I use to create ALL of my graphics for my blog and social media.

It's a free phone app called Adobe Spark Post.  You can resize for just about every social media post and standard sizes, like letter or poster.  They also have free patterns and images that you can use to pretty up your posts.  It's what I've used for my Instagram posts, headers, and Pinterest images.  It's pretty easy to figure out and it makes editing so easy.  I like to duplicate my images and rearrange them instead of working from scratch each time.  Seriously makes it so easy.  If you use this product, comment below to tell me what you use it for!  And don't forget to download and print out these inspiring quotes for your office or sacred space.