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  • Writer's pictureKaren Meisels

Creating a Foundation of Holistic Wellness: Understanding Deepak Chopra’s 7 Pillars of Wellness

It can be hard to keep up with wellness trends - new ones seem to arrive each week, while others fade as quickly as they appear.

As a Nutritional Strategist and Vitality Coach, my work depends on approaches to healthy living that will stand the test of time. One of the foundational frameworks I use to help guide my clients to achieve their wellness goals is Deepak Chopra’s 7 Pillars of Wellness.

Timeless Wisdom for Modern Wellness

Deepak Chopra’s timeless wisdom stands out as a beacon of holistic health and spiritual well-being. For people who prioritize their health and vitality, the choice to follow these pillars is not just a passing fad but an enduring commitment to living life to the fullest. As we navigate through the complexities of modern living, Chopra’s 7 Pillars of Wellness offers a roadmap to cultivate harmony and balance in every aspect of our lives.

Deepak Chopra’s Seven Pillars of Wellness

1. Nutrition: To support vitality and longevity.

2. Physical Activity: To promote strength, flexibility, and overall well-being.

3. Sleep: To rejuvenate the body and mind.

4. Stress Management: To reduce stress and promote inner peace.

5. Emotional Well-being: Through mindfulness and self-care practices.

6. Relationships: To support our sense of belonging and fulfillment.

7. Spirituality: To find purpose and meaning in life.

Exploring the 7 Pillars of Wellness

Nutrition: Support Vitality and Longevity

What we eat profoundly impacts our health and vitality. But it can be difficult to make the right choices on what to eat, when, and why, especially if prioritizing nutrition is a new journey for you. There is so much information out there, and much of it can be contradictory or misleading.

I am here to help you learn how to embrace a diet rich in whole foods, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, which nourishes and heals our bodies and fuels our energy levels. Incorporating healthy changes in your diet doesn’t have to be hard! Learning new recipes and meals to cook can be challenging and fun, which helps your brain and your body.

A woman in a kitchen preparing a healthy meal of whole foods, eating for nutritional density
A Diet Rich in Nutritional Density

Nutritional density supports many physiological functions, including:

  • Digestion

  • Metabolism

  • Immune function

  • Cellular repair

By avoiding processed foods, sugars, and other inflammatory foods, you are giving your body and your mind a boost towards optimal performance and longevity.   

Physical Activity: Promote Strength, Flexibility, & Overall Well-Being

Regular exercise is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Whether it's walking, yoga, or strength training, finding activities that we enjoy and making them a consistent part of our routine promotes strength, flexibility, and overall well-being. Many can be intimidated by adopting physical activities into their daily lives, but I am here to show you how simple and ultimately enjoyable exercise can be.

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Physical Activity and Exercise for a Healthy Lifestyle

It’s also a great way to carve out time just for yourself and practice self-care as well. 

Sleep: Rejuvenate The Body And Mind

Quality sleep is essential for physical, mental, and emotional health. Creating a calming bedtime routine that incorporates relaxing activities such as reading, meditation, or taking a warm scented bath, as well as avoiding screens before bed, can help improve sleep quality and promote vitality.

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Deep, Quality Sleep is Crucial For Overall Health

Deep, restorative sleep is shown to:

  • Enhance cognitive function

  • Promote mental clarity

  • Help alleviate feelings of irritability, anxiety, and depression

  • Naturally relieve stress and help reduce cortisol levels

Quality sleep is also essential for supporting a healthy immune system as the body undergoes essential processes of repair, regeneration, and recovery. Getting consistent, deep sleep enhances energy levels, alertness, and overall vitality. 

Stress Management: Reduce Stress And Promote Inner Peace

Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the body and mind, making us susceptible to many illnesses and physical health issues, such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Digestive problems

  • Weakened immune function

  • Systemic inflammation (which is linked to many chronic health conditions)

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A Relaxing Bath For Wellness

Chronic stress can also take a toll on your mental health, causing anxiety, depression, sleep disruption, and cognitive impairment.

As a Behavioral Health Strategist & Consultant, I can help you incorporate stress-reduction techniques such as:

  • mindfulness meditation

  • deep breathing exercises

  • other self-care and wellness practices

This will help you recognize stressors and triggers and be able to find balance and peace in the chaos of life. 

Emotional Well-Being

Our emotional health is just as important as our physical health. Practicing self-care rituals, journaling, and seeking support can help you navigate your emotions with grace and compassion. Being aware of and accepting your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations as they appear, without judgment, gains you insight into emotional patterns and responses.

I can help you develop emotional resilience, which involves the ability to adapt to stress, adversity, and challenges with greater ease and grace, to allow yourself to flow in the moment, not fight it. 

Relationships: Supporting Our Sense Of Belonging & Fulfillment

Meaningful connections with others are as vital for our emotional well-being as the food we eat is for our body. Cultivating meaningful relationships, seeking social support, and experiencing a genuine sense of belonging can provide emotional nourishment for us, and the relationships we have with others has a marked impact on our own sense of self and identity. Relationships can be a mirror that we both look into and are reflected back into us, and that can profoundly impact our emotional well-being. Finding balance, boundaries, and growth in relationships is a part of your wellness journey. 

Spirituality: Find Purpose And Meaning In Life.

Spirituality is closely linked to emotional well-being, as it allows you to navigate life's challenges with grace and resilience.

Spirituality may have a different meaning to each person who speaks of it. In the framework of wellness and vitality, which is addressed as a way to connect mind, body, and spirit, 

spirituality is simply a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Whether you practice spirituality through meditation, yoga, eating mindfully, or even going on a run, exploring your spirituality allows you to channel wisdom and guidance beyond yourself. By acknowledging and nurturing this connection, you may experience a sense of purpose, meaning, and inner peace. 

You are not alone on your journey towards holistic wellness. Seeking guidance and support from a health and vitality wellness coach can help ease the transition from “intimidating” new routines into daily habits that you look forward to, not avoid, and helps you establish a healthy relationship with food and nutrition.

Contact me to cultivate a life of vitality, longevity, and joy!

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