Life is moving faster than ever. Do you think about getting ahead? Or, just like so many others, do you focus simply on day-to-day survival? Modern conveniences were supposed to make life easier, but they’ve also brought a lot of chaos along with them.

It should come as no surprise, then, that people are turning to time-tested solutions to help them navigate their hectic, modern lifestyles. There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach though. No single diet, exercise, supplement, or class can make our problems disappear. Instead, it requires a holistic approach that seamlessly combines the conveniences we’re accustomed to with the accumulated wisdom of the past. Only then can we achieve the balance we crave.

Respect Your Body With Healthy Food Choices

Reaching for a giant bag of potato chips or microwaving a frozen meal may seem like a tempting time saver — but your body needs more than that. When it comes to staying healthy, people have believed for centuries that soulful preservation is the first step toward a higher quality of life. You can do this by:

  • Tapping into the power of nature. Avoid the boxed goodies at the grocery store. Choose whole, fresh foods instead.
  • Eat the food that grows where you live. Don’t be afraid to look for local produce that’s grown and sold by farmers you trust.
  • Dive into the rich world of herbs, roots, and spices. Herbal teas, tinctures, and powders have been used for thousands of years to help keep you healthy, calm, and centered.

Make Time For Gentle Exercise

Just because we’re always on the go doesn’t mean we’re staying healthy. Sometimes, your body needs to slow down in order to keep on speeding ahead. Some soothing practices that have been around for thousands of years include:

  • Yoga. Originating in 3000 B.C., yoga isn’t just a fancy word for stretching. Practitioners dedicate themselves to developing “flows” that strengthen their bodies while calming their minds.
  • Meditation. Stay centered and focused with this ancient method for relieving stress and anxiety. It only takes a few minutes each day to start seeing its benefits in all kinds of different ways.

Remember The Importance Of Mental Health

When it comes to overall wellness, a clear mind can have a profound impact. The power of positive thinking, managed stress, and decreased anxiety are evident in the people who seek them. You can help keep your mind in tip-top shape by:

  • Visiting a counselor, therapist, or life coach. Nothing has to be particularly “wrong” to get a mental health check-up by a professional. They can give you the guidance and support you need to make smart decisions and set yourself up for a more successful future.
  • Giving your brain a break. Engaging in meditative activities like painting, coloring, writing, or reading a good book can help you slow down and put everyday anxieties on the back burner. The more you engage in these “moments of clarity,” the simpler it will be to return to them in times of crisis.
  • Looking into the wisdom of the past. Philosophers and spiritual leaders have long provided comfort and help for people around the world. No matter what you believe in, it can be illuminating to uncover old ideas — and see how they apply to the present.
  • Laughter.  Laughter connects people emotionally, and improves the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain. Laughter, it’s said, is the best medicine. And there’s lots of evidence that laughter does lots of good things for us. Studies have shown that laughter reduces pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort better. Grab that one friend that always makes you laugh, and spend some time connecting.

By turning to gentle, natural remedies that have stood the test of time, you can find the balance you’ve been looking for without worrying about the side effects that modern medicine often brings. Best of all? These are all things you can start doing right now without investing in expensive pills, agonizing appointments, or disappointing “quick cures.” It’s time to start living your best life—today.