What does living a balanced life feel like? How can you find your personal state of balance?
According to the World Happiness Report, people are feeling unhappier than they have been in years.
What is causing this unhappiness? There are many possible factors, including physical health, addiction, family issues, and financial woes.
But on a deeper level, unhappiness can stem from a simple state of imbalance.
Keep reading for the answers to these questions and more.
What is a Balanced Life?
The word "balance" surfaces a lot in the health and wellness world, but what does it mean?
Balance in life refers to homeostasis. Therefore, this is a state in which the human body finds equilibrium on multiple levels. And when the body finds this equilibrium, we experience good health!
Living a balanced life follows the same principles. It means finding ease and harmony in all aspects of life, including our emotions, physical well-being, relationships, and sense of self.
In fact, the body is actually designed to heal when it's in a balanced environment!
How to Find Your State of Balance
How can you find your state of balance? Here are some tips for achieving deep harmony and ease.
1. Strive to Be Present
It's all too easy to distract ourselves with outside thoughts at any given moment. We obsess over the past, the future, and even the present!
This can be emotionally taxing, especially if it leads to crippling anxiety. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the U.S.
To find balance, strive to be present. Wherever you are, be there. Doing so can reduce anxiety and depression. Moreover, It can also cultivate a deep sense of self-awareness and listening skills, both of which are valuable for harmonious relationships.
Practice body scans, meditation, and deep breathing for this. And when you're commuting, pay attention to details in your environment that you normally overlook.
Notice the leaves on the trees, for example, or the signs on a storefront. Cultivate your own observation skills to find balance in the present moment.
2. Follow a Nourishing Diet
Our diets influence our mental health more than we realize. Diets high in processed ingredients, for example, are directly linked to depression!
In order to find your state of balance, follow a nourishing diet.
Eat vitamin-rich vegetables and fruits. Also consume superfoods like wild salmon, almonds, avocados, and blueberries. Significantly, reduce your intake of refined sugars and processed foods.
Build mindfulness into your eating habits, too. When you enjoy a meal, take your time. Savor each burst of flavor. You'll get full more quickly and you'll be more present while doing so!
3. Sleep More (and Better)
We all know how vital sleep is for emotional and physical well-being, especially immune system health. But it can be so hard to get those 7-9 hours of solid sleep every night.
To promote healthy sleep cycles—the kind that heals the body—establish a bedtime routine. Put away all electronic devices at least an hour before you sleep, and do a soothing activity in that hour, such as reading, sipping tea, or taking a hot bath.
Use sleep meditation to guide yourself into deep Zzzs.
Regular exercise can also help you achieve deeper and fuller sleep cycles. Stick to a fitness routine for better sleep and all around balance.
Finding Your Balanced Life
These are only a few tips for achieving a balanced life.
What else can you do to find harmony? There are other steps you can take to naturally boost your energy levels and daily stamina. Find these here!
- Ward, Alex. "New survey shows Americans are unhappier than they’ve been in years." Vox, 21 Mar. 2019, https://www.vox.com/2019/3/21/18275796/happiness-report-usa-ranking-2019
- "Facts & Statistics." ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
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