Updated: Jun 27, 2021
I know about the lies you’ve been told — and about the ones you’re telling yourself.
You know, the ones about trying to live a naturally healthy lifestyle, and how “challenging” it can be:
“Eating organic is way too expensive.”
“Oh, I don’t have the extra cash for a massage right now.”
“That facial seems a bit overpriced, I’m sure I can just do the same thing at home with
a walmart face mask.”*
*A little tip for that last one: no, you can’t.
You and I both know that nothing can replace the utter bliss and surrender that comes along with another human being massaging and pampering every inch of your face.
Anyway, I digress. That’s not why we're here — although it is worth mentioning.
Instead, we’re talking about how you can bring a more holistic approach into your everyday life without spending a fortune on magical superfoods or a portable sauna.
Yup, you can take these three simple steps and adopt a healthier lifestyle without sacrificing your soul or your wallet.
The best part is, it’s way simpler than you’d think.
Step 1: Take an honest look at your current lifestyle
This is the most important step and can be a major trigger for a lot of people. I don’t blame you if it is — it’s not an easy thing to admit that you’re the one that’s been holding yourself back the whole time (you ain’t the only one sista, speaking from experience over here).
But with that level of awareness comes the opportunity to choose more wisely.
Do any of the following scenarios sound like you? Remember, there’s no judgement here.
You don’t bat an eye when you’re out buying drinks with a friend, but you can’t justify a new essential oil diffuser that’ll help you sleep better at night?
You don’t have the money for a reiki (or any) healing session, but you go out to eat more than two to three times a week?
Do you feel sick to your stomach when you’re about to swipe your card for an online course you’ve been dying to take, but you don’t give it a second thought when you sign up for another TV subscription? Seriously, how many spin-offs of Netflix and Hulu do we need?
Spend some time with a pen and paper and write down how you spend your free time, your time at work, all of it.
Sometimes it takes getting really honest and transparent with yourself about where you’ve been letting your time and your money go.
That can feel uncomfortable, for sure — but it can also feel so liberating to be able to see where you can make these shifts.
And once you know what they are, then you’re able to start working towards small, yet mighty actionable steps that will propel you to where you want to be.
Step 2: Commit to trying one small thing each day
You don’t have to make huge leaps and bounds overnight.
Set teeny tiny goals. The teenier, the better.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”1
Now I’m not saying that you have to commit to raw veganism overnight — that would scare me too.
But what I’m getting at is this:
Even if you’re wanting to start a new habit, and it’s intimidating the heck out of you, starting with one small step every single day is the most simple and realistic way to integrate it into your life.
It can seem counterintuitive, yes. But it’s something that a lot of people will swear by.
One of the favorite books listed from our newsletter is The Slight Edge written by Jeff Olson.
In it, he talks about how you can take one small step every single day towards a goal or lifestyle that you’re trying to achieve.
And it is that one small step, compounded over time, that will yield you massive results.
You could drink one extra glass of water a day for the first week.
Then maybe, instead of getting that Dunkins’ coffee extra-extra, opt for making an herbal tea at home or your own coffee at home; it’ll undoubtedly have less sugar and processed ingredients than the dunks.
These don’t seem like drastic life-changers overnight, but once you get in the habit of completing them every day, over the course of a few weeks or months or years, your lifestyle will begin to shift.
You’ll start reaching for more water without even realizing it.
Go the extra step: keep track of the changes you’ve been making and notice the effects it’s having on your mood, energy levels, etc.
Step 3: Incorporate mindfulness into your daily/weekly routine
By now, you’re feeling good — or at least curious for more.
You’ve become aware of habits that you want to continue, and ones that you want to redirect to a more holistic alternative.
And now you’ve started to think about the next practical steps to get yourself there.
The final step? Incorporating mindfulness.
Now I know mindfulness is a word that you’ve heard over and over and over again — especially this last year — but there is some power behind this newly mainstream phenomena.
The ability to look at everything in your life with a sense of awareness, and no sense of judgement or being harsh on yourself, is your starting point for adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Because without the ability to look at your life objectively (meaning you’re not emotionally attached to what it is you’re doing) you will continue to follow the same path that you’ve travelled before.
There will never be any room for true growth until you’re able to look at your life as a third-party bystander.
There are an endless number of things that you could do to start incorporating mindfulness into your daily or weekly routines, but some great places to start could look like:
Starting a meditation practice
Writing in a journal
Going for walks in nature or spending time outside
Trying a yoga class
I’m sure you’re already thinking of other ways you can bring a more mindful approach into your day-to-day.
These could be things you start to do at home, or you could find a space that has offerings of something you’d like to try.
If you’re looking for something that’s 100% risk free, come to a class at Sacred Moon. Your first one is FREE.
And, just as a special thank you for taking the time to read this blog, we’re offering our New Year Special Pricing to those who book a class through this link.
We know that there can be costs associated with making life-transforming changes, and we want to help alleviate some of the financial burden by letting you feel your best while spending less.