A well balanced lifestyle is essential for peace of mind, personal effectiveness and healthy living. Whether you are working, going to school or retired, there are responsibilities that need your daily attention. There is always someone or something to answer to, as well as things we want to do and things we must do.
The challenge lies in attending to all our daily responsibilities and still be able to balance mental, emotional, physical and social aspects of our life. Still, it is not just enough to achieve this balance, you need to do it in a way that does not compromise or robe your life of happiness. Below are 5 ideas to balance your life, explore your full potential and live a healthy lifestyle.
1. Take care of yourself
You cannot accomplish anything significant in life unless you are living a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly, rest enough and eat properly. Many of us actually think we can burn the candle at both ends; get very little exercise, eat junk food and still function adequately. When you are young, you may be able to get away with this for a while, however, at some point in life, reality catches up with the best of us.
Ideally, set aside some time each day for a physical activity that you enjoy doing, such as jogging, walking or sit-ups. Or allow yourself to unwind after long hectic day by meditating, taking a nice warm bath or watching a movie.
Eating healthy is as important as exercising. Observe a balanced diet and find out how you can integrate your workout exercise with calorie count. If possible, cook your own food and cook often, this will ensure that you eat right and keep off junk food. You can never go wrong with fruit and vegetables.
If you have to do juices, then get yourself a blender or juicer and make them yourself out of fresh fruit. Some of the best juicers on the market will enable you to enjoy fresh juices and smoothies for up to 3 years. It might also be the best time to restock your kitchen with healthy fresh groceries and update your cutlery and kitchen equipment. Feel free to look around on the internet for cutlery, pots and pan reviews to choose what works for you.
2. Know what your priorities are
Balance doesn’t mean cramming in every possible activity. Examine your lifestyle and values and decide what is the most important to you; then set your goals and boundaries. You may be in the process of going to school, building a career or starting a family.
Depending on the stage of your life, your energies and focus will be different. Avoid the temptation of juggling too many major projects in your life at once. For instance, planning a wedding may be not a good idea when you are studying for a bar exam. Not knowing how to prioritize your life by trying to do everything at once is a perfect recipe for disaster instead of a road to achieving a balanced lifestyle.
3. Always expect the best but prepare for the unexpected
Instead of getting upset and stressed, learn how to roll over something that you have no control over. Your child could get sick, your computer could crash or you could get stuck in traffic. Stuff happens. We have all at some point experienced the unexpected. If you can accept that anything can happen, it is less likely to throw you off balance, and you can easily adjust your game plan.
It is also important to note that at times it is impossible to achieve balance. For example, you may have a career or family crisis that may need your immediate and undivided attention. This may also need an exceptional amount of resources and your time. When that happens, do your best, and when the dust settles, take some time to rejuvenate and refresh yourself.
4. Maintain a positive mental attitude
Begin each day with a smile and a positive outlook with an intention of making the most and best of it. Learning to deal with unforeseen events, uncertainty and adversity is part of living a well-balanced life. Learning not to let things bog you down will not only ensure that you live a stress free and balanced life but also allow you to savour the moment. Once you have done your best within your control, let your life unfold.
5. Minimize toxins
By this, I don’t mean chemicals (though that might also help). I mean minimize negative influences around you. Distance yourself from toxic people such as whiners, complainers and those with negative attitudes. If it is not possible to completely keep off such people, at least minimize contact with them. Surround yourself with supportive, positive and can-do people as much as you can.