Living a balanced lifestyle means creating a daily routine for flexibility and self-care. Instead of focusing on one or two things, you divide your energy and focus across different areas of your life that support a balanced way of living. When you cultivate a grounded approach to your routine, you’ll want to focus on the main domains of your life. These could include family, career, personal life, hobbies, etc. How you divide your time and focus is up to you. What matters is that you are creating balance and not giving one thing too much attention over the other. To create this kind of equilibrium, read on for more information.
Start Your Day Right
How you begin your day will snowball and affect everything else that happens that day. While you can’t control everything, your intention at the beginning of your day can make a world of difference to how you feel by the time it’s lights out for the evening.
Start your day with a thought of gratitude, your favorite cup of coffee, or some other ritual that makes you feel good and ready to welcome the day. Feel good about drinking a glass of water first thing, or taking your women’s health supplements.
Get Up Early
For some of us, becoming a morning person is cringeworthy. The truth is that most people benefit from waking up early. The hard part is getting your body to adjust to the change. Once you adapt to an earlier rise, you can expect benefits like boosted productivity, better digestion, a balanced appetite, and improved sleep. All of these benefits can add balance to your life.
Get Social Support
With more of us working from home, it can be easy to fall into accidental isolation. Staying indoors too long, especially without much dialogue with anyone in person, can negatively affect our physical and mental health.
Aim to socialize at work and get social support as often as possible, and ideally, somewhere out and about in nature!
Join a rec center and participate in clubs or sports, become a member of a writing group, and meet in the park to discuss your latest poems. Whatever way you enjoy socializing is acceptable. Just make sure you do it enough!
Find A Purpose
Many of us go through our days on autopilot. We focus on work, home responsibilities, deadlines, errands, etc. Our to-dos can eat away at our awareness of what is happening at the moment.
While our daily tasks are unavoidable, we can cultivate a more mindful way of being by acting intentionally and with purpose throughout our days. If you don’t like your job, consider what it provides.
You can reframe your thoughts by putting a positive spin on them to create more peace and fulfillment in your life. You might say, “I don’t like my job, but I’m grateful it puts food on the table.” How we think about things can make a huge difference in how we feel.
Manage Your Thoughts
By practicing mindfulness, we can better manage our thoughts and put an end to stressful thinking patterns and rumination. Work on the skill of observing your thoughts without judgment.
Imagine your thoughts are just passing by, like clouds in the sky. By working on observation instead of reactivity, we are detaching from irrational thinking and can find more inner peace.
The Bottom Line
Leading a balanced lifestyle is about creating the daily habits and mental outlooks that are needed to stay focused, mindful, and satisfied. Consider the suggestions above as you work to lead a more balanced lifestyle this year.