May 3, 2020 | Nathaly Bernard

 I personally follow the Rachel Hollis Five to Thrive guidelines, or at least try to, with an additional sixth one added at the end: 

1. Give up a Category of food you know you should not be eating for 30 consecutive days

2. Move your body for at least 30 minutes a day every day

3. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water

4. Start each day with gratitude

5. Wake up at least one hour earlier than you usually do

6. Meditate for at least 20 minutes every day

These are the five things I try to accomplish in one day to live a more wholesome life. To me a wholesome life isn’t only about your physical health but your mental and emotional health. I work in a very fast paced and stressful environment, so having a small list of things to check off every day makes it easy for me to stay centered. 

To start the day off on the right foot, I write five things I’m grateful for that have occurred in the last 24 hours. This allows me start the day on a positive note, rather than worrying about all the other things that need to get done in the day. 

After writing my gratitude I do a quick meditation; if I’ve woken up late or can’t get to this for whatever reason at the start of my day I do my meditation right before bed to get me in a peaceful mindset to sleep.

Moving my body for at least 30 minutes a day is a big one and honestly makes the biggest difference in my life. I have found it beneficial to not name my activity. So I don’t try to say I’ll run every day or do a certain workout every day; this gives me the option to stay open for whatever movement I am able to complete that day, even if it’s just a brisk walk. Don’t put pressure on yourself either to break a sweat or a certain workout completed. Just move your body however you feel like that day, set a goal for how many steps you’ll take that day and be proud of yourself. 

Meditation is also in my top top three! Some of the benefits of meditation are reduces and prevents stress, generates kindness, lengthens attention span, helps with anxiety, helps with asthma, helps with those suffering from depression and promotes a more positive outlook on life. I can say personally meditating for 20 minutes every day has made a huge difference in my life. It allows me to sit with myself and focus on my breath or the guided meditation rather than all the stressors of life. 

I have also noticed meditating changes my way of reacting to this and be aware of how I reacted to things. I work in a very stressful environment with management that cause me to react in a more negative way. 20 minutes alone is enough to really work through things you didn’t realize you had to work through and leaves you understanding yourself better than you had in years. 

Even if the the Five to Thrive aren’t the thing for you I highly recommend coming up with at least 3 items that will push you towards a wholesome life and a more positive day. When you start the day off right and do your items for at least 30 days consecutively you will notice a difference that will keep you pushing forward.