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5 Key Ways to Have a Balanced Life

Life is a balancing act. When it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle there are many things that affect our best efforts every day. Our lives can get consumed with our jobs, parenting duties and social lives. It seems impossible sometimes to juggle everything life requires from us, and it definitely can be. Working on all of these things will help you live a more balanced and fulfilling life. There will always be someone or something that feels like it needs your attention but you are not able to be the best version of yourself when you are burned out. That is why it’s crucial to work on a healthy balance for your happiness and well being.  


What does it mean to be balanced?


Balance means bringing clarity and calmness to your everyday life. When you are balanced it’s easier to handle all the different elements of your life. It is important to not lose sight of what makes you happy. It’s also important to make sure you are taking care of yourself mentally and physically. When our lives aren’t balanced we can feel off, unhappy or have low energy. We can also feel unfilled and numb to the joys of life. 


Tips to Achieve Balance


1. Maintain a Balanced Diet (rich with vitamins and whole foods, 80/20 rule)

Diet is one of the best ways you can turn around your life. Food gives us energy. When you’re not eating nourishing food your energy levels will drop and your body is not functioning at the level it’s capable of. Give you body the right fuel and you’ll start reaping the benefits quickly. This also includes cutting out the bad food. Greasy and processed food can really make you feel groggy and tired. Switching small things like cutting down on sugar and grease can make a huge difference.


2. Move Your Body (everyday for blood flow and endorphins)

Moving your body at least 30 minutes a day will get your blood flowing and boost serotonin levels in your brain. This in turn makes you happier and gives you more energy. Even just a short walk daily has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Exercising can also help to prevent weight gain, boost your metabolism and help with sleep.


3. Sleep (sleep is integral for a healthy life)

Our bodies need sleep to recharge and heal. If you aren’t getting enough sleep you body isn’t working at its full potential. It’s recommended to get at least 7 hours of sleep as an adult. When sleep deprivation becomes an issue It’s starts to affect your health in numerous. It can cause irritability, weight gain, lack of concentration and a number of diseases. How you feel when you’re awake is determined by how much you’re sleeping. Getting good sleep will protect your mental and physical health, as well as improve your quality of life. 


4. Create Time for what Makes You Happy (balance work and personal life)

Doing things that make you happy is so important to balance out your life. Our lives can get so busy that we forget to carve out the time to enjoy what fill our hearts and feeds our souls. After work we tend to be too tired to do anything that we actually love and enjoy to do just for fun. This a huge part of the balancing act of work. Carve out time once a week or once a day if possible to do something just for the enjoyment. It can bring peace, stress relief and happiness that you didn’t know was missing. 


5. Relax (meditation, yoga, center yourself)

Stress is one of the worst things that can happen to your body and health. High stress levels can cause high blood pressure, heart conditions and even cancer. Centering and relaxing yourself can help decrease your stress levels. There are many different ways you can relax your nervous system.  Yoga has been proven to help with mental and physical health. Try yoga classes weekly to stretch out your muscles and help de-stress your body and mind. Download a meditation app to help you through a guided meditation once a day. Meditation doesn’t have to take up much time, you can start with just 3-5 minutes a day and it can be at home or even in your car on a break. Stress relievers can also be something you love doing like a drawing, painting or a spa day. Try and find what relaxes you the most and carve out time for it every week. 


How to Make the Commitment to Living a Balanced Life


Review your lifestyle and figure out where you can make changes.

It’s important to make sure your goals are attainable for your lifestyle. Are you burned out from working too much? Do you feel distant from your friends and family? Are you happy with your weight or do you need more sleep? These are all things to assess in our lives. If you know your diet isn’t what it could be or you need to make more of an effort with friends and family, choose these things to start working on.


Determine what is realistic and what isn't.

It’s not always possible to change every aspect of your life. That’s why assessing your life and recognizing where the holes are is crucial to choosing what steps to take to create that balance. Base your changes on what is possible with the lifestyle you live. If you can’t cut back on work, really utilize the days you do have off to make you happy and bring you balance. If you want to get in the gym, carve an extra hour out early in the morning. If you want to change your diet, dedicate one day a week to meal prep your meals. Each small step you take will create a huge improvement overall, just cater them to your lifestyle.


Set attainable goals.

Set small milestones that keep your motivation going. There’s a saying that it takes 21 days to build a habit. Things don’t just catch on overnight. So don’t just set one huge goal and hope to get to it eventually. Start with setting a one-week goal, a two-week goal, a one-month goal and so on. Eventually these habits will become a lifestyle that brings you balance and you won’t want to go back to how things were. 


Reassess as needed.

If you have made changes and something doesn’t seem to be working, it’s important to reassess your changes set different goals. Sometimes we might need to tweak our goals or set different ones. It’s possible to change something and not feel like it’s working, or that you’re balanced. It might be the wrong goal. Remember that life is a journey, not a race. There is no shortcut to happiness. Take your time in figuring out who you are and what makes you happy.


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