The old saying that health is wealth sure is a cliche but there’s truth in that. No amount of riches, power, fame, and knowledge can compensate for poor health. Sadly, many of us take this for granted, ignoring our body’s cry for help until there is very little we can do about it.

Our body and mind are sending us signals often. Feeling tired and moody all the time are both signs that your body is under stress or that you could be lacking sleep or nutrients.

On your trip to Samui, make a commitment to put your health and wellness first. Take advantage of the island’s invigorating weather, healing waters, and herbs to boost your mind, body, and soul. Here are other things you can do to make you feel good inside and out.

Let the sunshine in.

Sunshine is one of nature’s best medicines. It is a cure for depression and instantly gives life to pale tired looking skin. A good dose of sunlight will keep your bones strong since it has lots of Vitamin D which aids in calcium absorption. To top it all up, natural sunlight readjusts your body clock, making you motivated to wake up early and feel like getting to bed at a reasonable hour. If you have sleep issues such as insomnia, getting out and absorbing sun rays might just be the help you need.

Eat spicy food.

In Koh Samui, you will realize that locals can’t get enough of chili. They use it all the time to give flavor, heat, and color to their dishes. Not only do chilis bring about more flavor to native dishes, they also provide many astonishing health benefits. The heat from chilis causes one to sweat, so it is a natural body coolant. Chilis are also believed to fight cancer and help in weight reduction.

Enjoy different kinds of curry.

The paste used to create Thai curries is a mix of different herbs that are natural remedies for all sorts of ailments. In fact, all herbs used in Thai cooking including coriander, lemongrass, galangal, ginger, garlic, and Kaffir lime leaves have many known health advantages. Lemongrass is rich in Vitamin C and is effective for detox. Garlic is a known antiseptic. Ginger is great for nausea and sore throat, while galangal is good for burns, dandruff, and digestion.

Appreciate nature.

Nature is very relaxing and is an excellent healer. When you go out and see amazing natural scenery, your brain turns on its pleasure switch. You instantly feel good and appreciative. In addition, the greenery is soothing for the eyes, which is perfect for people who spend hours in front of their monitor and smartphones. You can go nature tripping in Angthong or maybe visit one of Samui’s viewpoints to see breathtaking island views.

Get a good massage.

You can do a lot of things in Koh Samui, Thailand that won’t cause a dent in your pocket and that includes a massage. Locally, massages are very affordable. The concept of healing touch is true. After a good session, you feel refreshed and the tension you feel in your muscles will be gone. Better circulation, a good sleep, and stress relief—these are only among the benefits of a massage.

Walk a lot.

You can combine sightseeing and a physical activity in one by taking a lot of long walks while on vacation. Walking is a low impact routine and is an effective cardio workout that won’t​ put a lot of stress on the legs.

Visit local temples.

Koh Samui is famous for its grand and beautiful temples. A stop in one or more of them will be helpful for you because the atmosphere inside is very peaceful and solemn. A few moments of true peace and quiet is often what the soul needs.

Cleanse from within.

If you are prone to sickness or you lack energy and are starting to gain weight for no reason, your body might be telling you that it is time to purge. Toxins are detrimental to the body and can cause all kinds of lifestyle issues like high blood sugar, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and so much more. A visit to a detox center can help you eliminate toxin build up through a diet of fresh juice and raw food.

Work on your breathing with yoga.

A lot of people may be surprised to know that they don’t actually breathe correctly. Proper breathing ensures that there is enough oxygen entering your body. This element is a vital life force and is needed for all kinds of bodily functions and most importantly, it keeps the brain alive. Frequently catching your breath and hyperventilating are signs that you’re doing it wrong. Learn how to do it properly with yoga in Koh Samui.

Breathing the right way is the core of yoga and if you regularly practise this discipline, you will also reap its other benefits like inner peace, flexibility, good immunity, and energy boost.

Spend a lot of time at the beach.

The salty water of the beach is rich in minerals and could help resolve skin problems such as eczema, acne, and heat rash. Beach water is also the answer to extremely greasy hair and dandruff. Furthermore, those with respiratory issues could also benefit from the sea breeze since it clears nasal passages and help treat dry coughing. Aside from everything that was mentioned, the beach air will make your hair look fuller since salt water air is a volumizer.

Skip the soda.

Soda drinks are basically empty calories and are packed with a lot of sugar. If you need a cooling beverage, skip the cola and the fruit flavored sodas in favor of tropical shakes, water, or pure coconut juice.

Balance your chakras.

Chakra healing is a form of alternative medicine. It asserts that we have energy centers called chakras that must be balanced in order for us to feel well and ensure the smooth flow of energy to our system. When one or more chakras are blocked, we experience physical, emotional, and mental issues. Chakra healing techniques that uses colors, crystals, and sounds correct these imbalances. After a chakra healing session, you will feel a release of energy in the form of burping, tingling sensation, and thirst.

If you are always having unexplained cravings or have difficulty expressing your emotions, these are signs that you may have energy blocks. A session or two of chakra therapy will help you get a grip on things and feel better.

Go for a sauna.

Sweating it out inside a sauna is extremely relaxing. The more you sweat means that your body is able to detox itself better. Sweating helps the body remove harmful waste buildups, making you feel better after a session. Other benefits of sauna includes improved heart health, increased circulation, and better immunity against common colds. Most spa and major hotels have this facility so you won’t have a hard time looking for one while here.

Swim at the waterfalls.

Waterfalls are enchanting natural bodies of water. Everything about them is so relaxing—the sound, the sometimes steady and sometimes turbulent flow of water, and the huge rock formations that serve as perfect contrast to the fluidity of water. Just being near a waterfall is soothing enough. But imagine taking a dip in the cool water and feeling the splashes hitting your face, now that is relaxing to the next level. If you are in Samui, see if you can stop by the majestic Na Muang Waterfall. Entrance to this place is free so that’s another reason to come visit.

Book for a spiritual retreat.

It is sad that many people invest on their appearance but forget to nourish their soul and neglect their spirituality. A messed up inside will pull on you emotionally and affect the quality of your life.

In order to keep our spiritual life healthy, we need to take a step back every once in awhile. It is an inside job, an emotional and soulful journey that is better done in solitude. If you have been under a lot of stress lately or perhaps got yourself hurt after ending a relationship, it is time to take some time to heal.Dipabhavan Meditation Centre is the very place for this. Here you can learn about meditation and be able to use it to deal with your emotional issues and have a spiritual journey that you need.

Dipabhavan Meditation Centre

Address: 101/18 Moo 3 Tambon Maret, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

Enjoy a few moments of solitude.

Moments of solitude get a bad rap. Some folks think that when you are alone, you are lonely but this is not necessarily true. You can have a healthy and fulfilling alone time. In fact, you are encouraged to have plenty of it.

When you are alone, you come in contact with your true identity. You free who you are. There is no one to please so you can totally and absolutely express the fullest desires of your being.

Solitude also fosters creativity, inspiration, and productivity. People who are introverts also get to recharge their energies during alone time. If you feel tired from gatherings you attend to left and right, maybe what you really need to is step back from socializing and have a moment with yourself.

Heal with needles.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine. This method targets the body’s issues by placing needles at specific acupoints. It is believed to efficiently cure many kinds of health conditions from sleep disorders, migraines, body pain, and even lack of fertility. It is also a known cure for hormonal imbalances and common emotional disorders such as anxiety, depression, and moodiness.

After assessing the patient, needles are carefully placed in multiple spots or acupoints where they are left for 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition. The feedbacks from clients who have undergone the procedure suggest that the acupuncture is very relaxing and is not as painful and uncomfortable as it appears to be.

If you have a fear of needles, maybe you can try a related technique called acupressure. This is done without needles and just by pressing a number of pressure points. This is based on reflexology and shows as much promise as acupuncture.

Take a break from your gadgets.

It seems that everyone these days own multiple gadgets and spend most of the day glued on one of them. In this age of Instagram and Facebook, it is a rare occasion to enjoy a meal without someone whipping out a smartphone to take photos of the phone or of themselves. It is also very seldom you see someone listen absolutely without stealing a quick glance on their phone or smartwatch. Technology may have enriched our lives with digital information and added to our convenience but it sure changed the way we interact with others. Try to be without your gadgets for a few hours or days. You will be surprised what difference it can make in your day.

Find a sport you can do regularly.

Any sport, be it competitive or for leisure is not only good for the body but also for the mind. On the island there are numerous sports you can take part in. There’s surfing, golf, Thai boxing, kayaking, archery, and even shooting. Choose one that suits your fitness needs and personality.

Delight in the simple things while here.

After all, it is the little fun things that life is all about. Laugh a lot, tease your palate with local food, catch bargains at the street markets, and play around at the beach. All these can recharge your batteries.

Start a healthy habit while in Koh Samui.

A lifestyle change starts with acquiring a healthy habit or dropping a bad one. If your health and wellness are important to you, make the decision to begin something that will benefit you. You can decide to adopt a clean and organic diet. Many local detox retreats have this program and maybe staying in one for a while can jumpstart your way to a better eating habit. Or you can commit to completing 10,000 steps daily, which you can start on your holiday. Buy a portable pedometer to track your steps. It doesn’t matter if you just made 3000 steps or less on your first day. Aim to add more to it gradually till you are comfortable enough to get to your target number.