Drastic changes are very hard to sustain. In fact, it’s almost impossible to stick to a change that is made very drastically. Rather, it is small but consistent steps, taken consciously in order to improve the quality of your life. We like to call them baby steps. According to the Cambridge dictionary, a baby step is an act that makes a very small amount of progress towards achieving something. It is these baby steps as opposed to the big and drastic changes that will help you follow the plan you make to change your life.

One such baby step to improve your life is to opt for natural and herbal alternatives to things we use every day that are not only packed with artificial and often toxic contents, but also wreak havoc in our immune system. Read on to find out a few ways you can incorporate the herbal way to improve the quality of your life.

Boost your energy

In the fast paced world of today, with deadlines to meet and social obligations to fulfill, it is only natural that one often needs an instant boost of energy. While the carbonated energy drinks do more harm than good, the herbal substitute in the form of herbal tea is not only going to be a safe alternative but also has many other benefits. For example, incorporating green tea into your daily diet can be a significant step in improving your health and enjoying a more active, energized and wholesome life. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that improve brain function, stimulate fat loss and give you a boost of energy, helping you live your best life!

De-stress

In order to live a healthy and happy life, it is important to manage stress levels. While some form is stress is inevitable and also needed in order to push yourself to get things done, if left unchecked it can escalate to alarming levels and may require medical intervention. However, resorting to medicines or various pills often comes with its own set of side effects. A natural way of de-stressing is incorporating chamomile tea in your diet. Not only does it help relieve anxiety, it also helps in improving one’s sleeping pattern. Lastly, it has an antidepressant effect and plays a vital role in managing depression and anxiety. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea has proven to be of great help in reducing anxiety and keeping one’s temper in check

Stay happy

The first step to happiness is recognizing that you are blessed. Counting your blessings can help you develop a positive mindset instead of feeling negative and depressed. A great herbal way to promote happy feelings is to drink the happy tea! We’re not joking, it’s actually a thing. St. John Wort’s tea is often known as happy tea due to its ability to combat symptoms of depression, anxiety and feeling dull. Just the perfect drink to keep all kinds of blues at bay. St John Wort has also proven to be quite useful in helping patients with insomnia, which is one of the symptoms of depression. OCD and symptoms of PMS are also proven to be treated using St John Wort tea.

Healthy diet

Good nutrition is extremely important for staying active in order to live a healthy life. Unhealthy eating of processed and sugar loaded food not only makes you ill, lazy and lethargic, it also has a negative impact on your mental health. This is why it’s very important to be mindful of what you put in your bellies. Healthy eating need not be bland or distasteful, as there are many juices, smoothies, and other healthy food options that taste just as delicious if not more! Incorporating herbal teas is part of a healthy diet as they are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids that help boost the immune system, keeping you alive and kicking!

Pamper yourself

You can’t pour from an empty cup, which is why self-care is extremely important. Make it a habit to pamper yourself at least once every week, be it a long hot shower with your favorite essential oils, a facial or a mani-pedi. For example, using peppermint essential oil will help boost blood circulation, sooth itchy and irritated skin and also help you relax by relieving feeling of tiredness. Lavender essential oil, a personal favorite, will help treat anxiety, insomnia and depression. Using natural and herbal products for an at-home facial will do wonders for your skin. Rosewater is perfect for skin hydration, helping to revitalize and moisturize the skin, leaving it refreshed. It also has many antibacterial properties, helping in the healing of scars, cuts, and wounds.

The above mentioned steps are not exhaustive, there are many other ways that you can consciously take in order to live a more natural, organic and plant based life. Remember it’s these small baby steps that make all the difference. Taking small but consistent steps to achieve what you want in life will take you a lot further than trying to do it all too fast. Each baby step in the right direction will enable you to see a noticeable difference and before you know it, you will be standing where you could only dream of!

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