Keeping an inner balance is essential, no matter how hard life may seem at times. There are many ways to help maintain balance, from eating a healthy diet, practicing meditation, exercising and enjoying the simple things around you that make you happy.
2020 has been a year we will all remember. Schools and many businesses closed, entire countries went into lockdowns and the simple fact of going through a global pandemic is extremely stressful in many different aspects. In those moments, we need to stand more robust for our health and maintain equilibrium in our lives. Try out the following tips to help recover balance in your life.
Keep a Calm State of Mind
Rule number one is to remain positive even during the most challenging times. Look at the bright side and try to be thankful for that. It makes a difference. Positivity is a state of mind that can guide you to success. For instance, when the kids are driving you crazy while working from home, your boss doesn’t appreciate your work, or you argued with your partner; take a minute to step out of the situation you are in and breathe deeply. You will see this makes a difference and you will avoid having a challenging moment ruin an entire day.
Practice Mindfulness Meditation
Several studies have identified that mindfulness meditation can help improve mental and physical health. Studies by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center address how it can help decrease anxiety, depression, rumination and emotional reactivity. Additionally, it can help increase well-being, positive affect and concentration.
Set up a daily routine to incorporate a short meditation into your day. You can find tons of meditation recordings from five minutes to an hour or even more. If you are new to meditation, you can start with five to 10 minutes daily and build from there.
You don’t necessarily need to start a diet to improve overall health, just incorporate healthier foods into your daily life. Swap refined sugar for alternative sweeteners, incorporate more fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains into your diet.
The food we eat can affect our health. Many studies have shown that eating a varied diet and avoiding highly processed meals, chemical additives and sugary foods can prevent disease.
Take Up a Sport or Do Physical Activity
Whether you prefer walking, running, doing yoga, climbing, swimming or any other physical activity, it is vital to keep active.
Not only does it help with staying fit and gaining muscular strength, but it can also reduce your risk of depression and anxiety, increase your energy levels and help you sleep better.
Do Things that Make you Happy
Most of us spend at least eight hours working or at school, then we come home to the family, cook, clean, spend time with the kids, chat with our spouse, and suddenly the day is gone. By the end of the day, we end up asking ourselves, what did I do today?
Taking time for ourselves is critical in order to keep balanced, stay happy and reach success. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, dedicate some time during the day to nurture yourself. Read your favorite book, take a warm bath, or sit and enjoy a cup of wine. No matter what you like to do, be sure to dedicate time to love and take care of yourself.
There is no one-stop-shop for wellness. Living in balance is a lifestyle you can choose. By adding good practices to your daily routine, you can bring health, peace, harmony and more happiness into your life.