Every woman I know is frazzled. We’re always burning the candle at both ends. It may not be possible to achieve perfection, but it seems many of us still feel compelled to strive for our own versions of it. It’s important, however, that we prioritize self-care as we’re running the daily rat race. If we burn out, how can we achieve our dreams? How can we help anyone else? We need to take care of our minds, our bodies, and our souls because they’re the only ones we’ve got! It’s time we stop the juggling act. Here are 4 ways to live a more balanced lifestyle.
1. Get moving. I know it’s hard, and we’re not all born with an athletic gene, but you’ve got to find ways to exercise on a regular basis. Did you know that people who engaged in “leisure-time physical activity” had life expectancy gains of as much as 4.5 years? This means you don’t have to run a marathon or join Crossfit (unless you want to). You just have to get moving! Choose something as simple as a morning walk or something fun, like a Zumba class. After exercise becomes a part of your routine, you’ll start to feel more energized and more accomplished. You’ll also miss it on days you can’t make it happen. Losing weight might be a bonus, but don’t think of it as the goal. Remember, you’re doing this for your health!
2. Know when to stop. You’ve got to stop waiting until sickness takes you out before you give yourself a break. Listen to your body and rest when you need to. Stress changes our bodies and our behavior. We can’t make clear choices when we’re stressed. Simply relaxing alleviates symptoms associated with things like hypertension, depression, anxiety, and even aging. So get some fresh air, read a book, take a bubble bath, or do what I do and grab a cup of Bigelow Benefits Cinnamon and Blackberry Herbal Tea, which helps to balance my sugar everyday. I pick mine up at my local King Soopers in the coffee and tea department, and it's DELICIOUS! With sweet and spicy cinnamon top notes with a smooth balanced sweet and tart finish.
3. Keep learning. Higher levels of education appear to provide some protection against Alzheimer’s, possibly because brain cells and their connections are stronger. Well-educated people can still get Alzheimer’s, but symptoms may appear later because of this protective effect, according to Alzheimer’s Association. Lifelong learning also helps us to better understand the world around us and improve the quality of our lives. You don’t have to go back to school to learn. Plug into a great podcast, go to a conference or seminar in your field of interest, or take a cooking class! Just keep your mind active.
4. Make time for what you love. Have you ever worked away a period of your life? Have you looked at the calendar, realized the year was halfway over, and wondered where the time had gone? Don’t lose yourself to the daily hustle. Keep your creativity, keep your personality, and keep your passion by carving out time each month, if not each week, to do what you love. This is something that will bring you no profit, but will re-energize you to go back to work and achieve your goals.
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How are you living a more balanced lifestyle this year?