Top 10 Ways to Find Your Balance
Both your brain and your body need to take a break from the stress of work and home life. There are many healthy ways to refresh yourself. You’ll have to find what works best for you. Below are some suggestions for promoting a healthy mental, emotional and physical well-being.
- Sit Outside and Enjoy Nature –Make a nice cup of coffee or tea and relax as you soak up the wonders of nature. Getting fresh air helps refresh your body and mind.
- Find an Activity that Fits your Lifestyle – Sometimes exercise is just another thing on our to-do list. But, if you find something you are passionate about, like hiking, dance, swimming or training for a 10K, exercise becomes a stress-buster. You’ll reap physical and mental health benefits at the same time.
- Find Colorful Foods to Eat – Eating a variety of healthy foods not only can help keep illnesses at bay, but it can also help you feel more energetic and less stressed out.
- Try Meditation – According to the Mayo Clinic, when you meditate, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress. The emotional benefits of meditation include stress-management skills, increasing self-awareness, reducing negative emotions, increasing imagination and creativity and increasing patience and tolerance.
- Find your Outlet – Do you regularly schedule time for yourself? With the many demands of work and family life, it can seem like a luxury you just can’t afford. But, spending time on a hobby like fishing, painting, reading or golfing will re-charge your battery and help you be the best version of yourself.
- Catch Up on House Work – A 2011 study from Princeton University proved that clutter can make it more difficult to concentrate on certain tasks. And, a survey from the National Sleep Foundation showed that people are more likely to enjoy a good night’s rest if they regularly make their bed and have fresh, clean sheets. When you start to feel overwhelmed, take time to tidy up. Your home doesn’t have to be spotless, but spending the time to organize and clean-up will be well worth it.
- Get a Massage – Massage therapy is another great way to reduce stress. It’s not just about indulging yourself. Research from Cedars-Sinai shows massage therapy can significantly affect heart rate, blood pressure and may even boost your immune system.
- Make a Gratitude List – Keep your gratitude list by your nightstand so you will see it before going to sleep and remember to jot down what you are thankful for. Your list may even become a symbol of gratitude so that when you just look at it, you will feel a sense of appreciation.
- Volunteer – Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being.
- Unplug from Social Media – Are you consuming too much social media? Research about the effects of social media is complicated. While it can help people feel connected, it can also negatively impact well-being if it is used too often or if an individual engages in unhealthy online behaviors. Limit your social media consumption by setting a timer when you use platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Sam Clark is a Wellness Coordinator & Telephonic Health Coach with Network Health. Do you have your own tips for finding balance? Let Sam know. Make sure to leave a comment with your advice and suggestions.