Balance…we all need it in our lives.
Now a days, our society is so much more stressed than ever before. A lot of us are working ourselves to the ground, struggling to make ends meet & setting extremely high goals that take a lot of effort and time to accomplish.
Let’s face it, the struggle is real to “succeed” in this world (whatever that may mean to you) and it takes a lot of patience, time and energy to feel fulfilled. Futhermore, if we don’t have the right mindset due to lack of rest, it can begin to wear us out and effect our health.
How balanced is your lifestyle?
What do you tend to spend the most time doing on a daily basis?
I bet a lot of you would say that you spend a lot of time working, and perhaps an unnecessary significant amount of time on your phone or on social media. Others may spend a tonne of time sorting out family matters such as getting the kids to school, cleaning, prepping for the next day (the list goes on).
Do you spend majority of your day catering to others, and not to yourself?
In the last year of my life after leaving my corporate 9-5, I truly realized the importance of balance, because I was able to fully experience the benefits of having much more “me” time. The health benefits of making just a few small changes into your daily routine to better balance out your lifestyle are shocking.
If you are always on the go and constantly trying to find more “you” time amongst all the things you manage on a daily basis, consider following the below recommendations to find more balance in your life.
Create YOU time in the morning & start your day on a positive note
There’s nothing worse than continuously having to press snooze on your alarm clock because you don’t want to get out of bed to start your day.
Can some of you relate?
If you do this every morning, is this really the life you envisioned for yourself?
If you wake up tired, frustrated or perhaps angry, you need to ask yourself WHY, and whatever it is that may be driving this negative force, try to gradually remove it from your life.
Creating YOU time in the morning before you start your day can immensely impact the rest of your day for the better. Getting up a little bit earlier to add in a simple morning routine that allows you to ground yourself for the day, setting daily goals & appreciating all that you are grateful for are a few simple things you can do that can make a significant difference in your positivity and energy levels. Meditation is also a highly sought-after practice backed by thousands of studies that have shown that meditation can positively impact mental and physical health. Meditation is also known to reduce stress, increase focus & enhance relationships with those around you.
Meditation not your thing? It’s OK, its new to everyone, but we recommend giving it a shot! For help with meditation, we recommend the app called Headspace and you can sign up for FREE here!
Don’t let work take over your life
Times are changing, and many of us, more than ever before, are working WAY too much. Are WE the robots of the future?…because we seriously are machines!
Businesses are running around the clock and so are we when we have our jobs right at our fingertips and literally wake up to alerts as the emails continuously flow in.
It’s so important for your mind, body & health to ensure you are able to “switch off”. It’s important not to confuse having a career, with having a life and to understand the importance of setting your boundaries of when you are working and when you are not.
Work expands to fill the time we give it, so instead of checking the emails on your phone as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, why have some you-time to set yourself up for a successful day. Instead of calling off meet-up’s with friends because you are “too-busy” why not look at the value in developing stronger relationships with those important to you, because in the end, when you need support, it’s the important people in your life that are going to be there for you. Take a good look at your current situation when it comes to working during the after hours and re-evaluate how you can make positive changes moving forward.
Pro-tip: If you absolutely cannot say goodbye to your work email being connected to your phone during the “non-working” hours, consider turning off your push notifications within your settings that way your mind can be free to focus without being constantly distracted.
Find a Hobby
What’s your hobby?
Believe it or not, for many it’s difficult to define!
Personal, free time… what!? Is that even a thing?
We have long given up on having any personal time in order to devote our energies to our work or families.
Finding time for ourselves is KEY to our sanity! Devoting time in our lives to do something we love has proven to reduce stress levels and ultimately make us happier people. Research has shown that people who have hobbies are generally healthier and have a lower risk of depression and dementia.
Unsure what your hobby is? That’s OK! It takes time to discover, and the best way to discover what you love is by trying new things. Once you find what you love, I can assure you, the reward and feeling is pretty incredible!
Hobbies help improve a person’s sense of identity, usefulness, and well-being and eliminate feelings of worthlessness and self-doubt. What I love most about hobbies is that they expose you to a whole other community of people who love to do the same thing. You’d be surprised how many people have the same passions as you, and how easy it is to connect with these individuals in your community or online!
Get some R&R
Rest and relaxation. We ALL need it.
We live in a time where we are constantly on the go. There are just too many things to get done, too many demands, too many responsibilities, too many bills and too much urgency.
It’s time we step back and take a look at the negative impact lack of sleep and rest has on our bodies, and revaluate how we can change our resting schedules.
The average adult needs approximately 7-8 hours of sleep each night to restore their body with the energy it needs to handle all of the demands of living each day. However, most individuals cut back on their sleep to pack more activities within their day. Our bodies, in turn, are not able to cope with the demands of modern times and eventually, without proper rest or relaxation, will begin to shut down leaving us sick, highly stressed, anxious.. the list goes on.
It’s important to prioritize sleep and rest just like we prioritize our daily activities. Our bodies are like batteries, and need to be recharged continuously.
So next time you think of staying that extra hour at work to send that one last email, or opt into staying up later to squeeze in that one last episode on Netflix, think about your body and the rest it needs to fuel yourself for the next days to come and prioritize sleep instead!
Pro-Tip: Do you find yourself watching a lot of TV before bed, or even worse, going to bed with your mobile phone and surfing social media from bed? I’m sure we all have done it (or do it frequently) Did you know, that bright light before bedtime can disrupt your body’s internal clock resulting in the inability to get a proper sleep?
- Try to reduce your light exposure an hour or two before going to bed. If your home is brightly lit up at night, turn off lights you don’t need.
- Stop watching TV or using your phone at least 2 hours before bed, and take a warm bath or shower instead!
- Diffuse essential oils such as lavender, frankincense or geranium to help with relaxing the body and mind to set you up for a good night sleep.
Overall, it’s pretty evident that our bodies need proper rest to survive this modern world. We hope this article has opened your eyes somewhat and inspired you to take more action to live a more balanced and healthier lifestyle.
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