5 Habits for Longer-Term Natural Living

New Year’s Eve is almost around the corner, and if you’re one of those people who always loved to write down their New Year’s resolutions, you should definitely keep on reading! Embracing a natural way of living should be one of them, so check out our list of five habits that will help you accomplish your goal. Enjoy!

Embrace a healthy, plant-based diet

Even though a lot of people swear by a diet based on protein found in meat, the truth is that you can still intake enough protein without having to eat chicken, turkey, or fish. This is particularly important when you’re a vegan or when you want to try out a plant-based diet, so cut down on your meat intake and switch to plant protein instead. Did you know that protein consists of amino acids (9 essential and 11 non-essential ones)? That’s right, and it’s important to remember that a plant-based diet, unlike meat-based one, can help you intake all nine essential amino acids. For example, chia and hemp seeds contain all of them, so start with incorporating them into your diet and gradually switch to a plant-based diet. You can thank us later!

Incorporate yoga into your everyday routine

In case you weren’t aware of the concept, yoga is a group of spiritual, physical, and mental practices that originated in ancient India. It means that yoga is one of the oldest Hindu philosophical traditions that have multiple health benefits, which is exactly why you should make it a part of your everyday routine. Apart from lowering your stress levels, relieving anxiety, and helping you relax after a long day at work, yoga can also keep sickness at bay, heal aches and pains, and improve your overall health in more ways than you can even imagine. Do we even have to emphasize that it also builds muscle strength, improves flexibility, increases the blood flow, and helps you focus successfully? These are just some of the numerous benefits of yoga, so start practicing it and you’ll be one step closer to long-term natural living!

Keep your energy levels high in a natural way

A large number of people have extremely busy schedules these days, which means that they often feel anxious and stressed out. If you’re one of them, too, you’ve probably already figured out that stress-induced emotions can eat up huge amounts of energy and make you feel lifeless and exhausted. In order to prevent that, you should control your stress levels in the first place. Using natural supplements is also a good way to keep your energy levels high, and one of such supplements is called kratom. It’s an herbal extract that comes from Southeast Asia, made from the leaves of an evergreen tree. It works as an energy booster that can enhance your mood and even relieve pain, so make sure to find the best kratom supplements and give them a fair shot!

Stop smoking and limit your alcohol intake

If you’re a smoker, you surely know that quitting this bad habit often seems like an impossible mission, but you know what? It’s essential for a long, healthy, and fulfilled life, so do your best and stay away from cigarettes that are slowly killing you. Once you manage to do that, you’ll figure out that your health is gradually improving – your blood pressure and circulation will be positively affected, whereas your risks of getting cancer will decrease. The same goes for your alcohol intake, and that’s because alcohol numbs the brain and often takes a toll on your mental health. Drinking is usually accompanied by guilt and shame, whereas it negatively affects your physical health in general. Of course, no one says that you should completely ditch alcohol – a couple of glasses of red wine a week can even decrease inflammation and protect your heart, so find a balance and you’ll do the right thing!

Have a technology-free moment

Embracing a natural way of living won’t be possible if you’re addicted to social media and spending hours on your phone. This is why having a technology-free moment is crucial – both for your emotional and physical health. So, if you’ve ever found yourself checking your email in a situation where you should be present among others, it’s about time you limited your technology (ab)use and started living a healthier life. For example, your mealtime is a fantastic opportunity to stay away from technology, so turn off all your gadgets for those 10 or 15 minutes and focus just on yourself. It will be weird and maybe even difficult at the beginning, but remember that everything is possible when you’re persistent enough!

Even though creating long-term changes requires a lot of effort, time, and goodwill, you should know that it will eventually pay off and bring you a lot of good things and positive vibes. So, if that’s your ultimate goal, just stick to our guidelines and you’ll make it happen. That’s a promise!

By Peter Minkoff

Peter is a lifestyle and travel writer at Men-Ual magazine, living between Ústí nad Labem and Antwerp. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.