Practical Lifestyle Tips

Did you know that there are some basic healthy lifestyle tips that you can follow to make the biggest difference in your life? Living healthily may sound complicated at times — fitness, nutrition, hormones, sleep, relationships, meditation, supplements, not to mention the barrage of information coming at us from the Internet — but there are a handful of steps to take to sustain a healthy lifestyle for years to come. And the best news is that these steps are easy to add to your routines, keeping healthy as simple as possible.


Did you know that just the act of smiling can improve your mood? “Laughter is the best medicine,” it’s true, but if your workday is too stressful for a good belly laugh, just smile.

  • Each time you go to the restroom at work, use that time as a reminder to smile, whether it’s at yourself in the mirror or at a coworker in the hallway.
  • When life has drained you, spend an evening watching a funny movie or TV show, or read a book that’s guaranteed to give you the giggles.
  • Find comedians you enjoy on YouTube, and instead of complaining with your coworkers over lunch, listen to some funny stories and jokes; you’ll feel better for it.


Keeping fit doesn’t always mean spending an hour a day at the gym. It doesn’t necessarily mean running a marathon, rushing through high intensity interval training (HIIT), standing on your chin in yoga, or any other fitness achievements that sound like superhuman feats. If you can do all — or any! — of those things, all the more credit to you. For the rest of us humans, there are some small ways to fit more activity into our days:

  • Play with your pet more than normal; play fetch with your dog or drag string through the house for your cat.
  • If you have small children, toss them into the air. You’ll enjoy their laughter, and your arms will get a little workout, too.
  • Take the stairs, park far away in the grocery lot, or climb a tree with your kids.


In an ideal world, finding 20 minutes in your day for meditation would be easy. In reality, there are schedules to keep up with. But meditation doesn’t really have any rules — it’s any moment that you take to be fully present. That sounds much easier than designing a corner of the house as a meditation sanctuary, right? Meditate while you

  • Wash the dishes
  • Commute to and from work
  • Cook dinner
  • Rock your toddler to sleep
  • Vacuum the carpet
  • Repair the car


When we make healthy habits simple, we make those habits much more sustainable. Going from no physical activity to a marathon, or changing from fast food on a daily basis to the ketogenic diet, are admirable goals, but not everyone can immediately keep up that drastic of a change. Keep these tips in mind, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle!

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How to Increase Harmonious Passion in Your Life

When people have harmonious passion about something in their lives, this passion feels at harmony with the other parts of their lifestyles; when people have obsessive passion about something, this passion feels uncontrollable, conflicting, unstable, and negative.

Interestingly enough, even though obsessive passion may seem beneficial at times, it is actually harmful — and people with obsessive passion are much more likely to experience burnout. Harmonious passion works with the “flow” you want for your life, with you feeling fully present and immersed in the moment, which is a significant contributor to overall happiness and success. Sadly, obsessive passion cuts off “flow,” decreasing your overall happiness and success, no matter what that obsessive passion is about.


Clearly it is better to have harmonious passion and not obsessive passion — obsessive passion is very rarely a positive influence — so how can you tell the difference? We all have a little harmonious and obsessive passion in our lives, but what if obsessive passion is taking over your life? How do you stop it?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • How’s your energy?
  • Do you feel positive and enthusiastic about your passion?
  • If your self is a percentage chart, how much of a percentage does your passion take?
  • Is your self image positive or negative?
  • Do you use words like “should” and “must,” or words like “want to” and “can’t wait to”?
  • Do you feel satisfied outside of pursuing what you’re passionate about?
  • Are you able to “flow” regularly, where you feel absorbed in your present task?

If your answers are mostly “no,” then you may have an obsessive passion.


To realign any obsessive passion you may have with a harmonious passion, take a few action steps. Making room for more than a single goal, habit, career, or lifestyle is healthy for everyone involved — you and your loved ones.

Proactively Take Breaks

Make yourself stop engaging in what you’re passionate about. If you’re addicted to fitness, make yourself take one to two rest days each week, and fill that time with a different kind of activity. Have a movie night with your friends, take an art class, or visit a tourist attraction in your hometown.

Set Clear Boundaries

If you never set boundaries, obsessive passion overtakes your life to the point of upsetting you. If your obsessive passion over your diet causes you to binge eat sweets on a regular basis, remove the temptation by setting aside one night each week where you can eat a single dessert, whether it’s a cupcake or an ice cream cone. Having a balanced relationship with food is more important than a number on a scale!

Change Your Mind

To achieve harmonious passions, “fake it ‘til you make it.” Instead of thinking “should” and “must,” tell yourself you “want” to walk a 5k. It may feel hypocritical at first, but over time, your new mindset will feel natural.

Learn Something New

Allow yourself to take a break from what you’re obsessively passionate about to pursue something else. Dust off your violin skills, build a birdhouse, or call your friends more often. Having space for other outlets and interests will give you more peace of mind and also give you a refreshed perspective on creating harmonious passion for your initial goal.


There are many examples of people who have shown extraordinary talent and could have given in to obsessive passion, but they didn’t, and they were better for it. Many professional athletes have an outlet that they use to balance out their practice time. Albert Einstein was known to play the violin when he needed a break from solving equations, and he would return, mentally refreshed. Yo-Yo Ma decided to postpone his career to learn more about the world around him, and even though he received a D+ in music history at Harvard, he is one of the best cellists in history for more than his talent but also for his character.

All areas of life can act as sounding boards and refueling stations for our greatest interests, and this includes a healthy lifestyle. Let’s replace our obsessive passions, whether they’re nutrition, fitness, goals, careers, or anything in between, to develop harmonious passions that improve ourselves and our places in the world.

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Build Healthy Habits With Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

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