Oh, my! This whole blog is about maintaining a balanced lifestyle… Let’s see what today’s guest blogger, Laurent Kelly, has to say about it in one blog post!
Maintaining a balanced lifestyle can be a hard but a rewarding task in today’s busy world. Many people struggle to find the opportunities to take time out for themselves. With people so focused on careers and study, it is easy to neglect the other important areas of your life without noticing. It is also equally important to keep an element of variety in the things that you do in your life.
The main aspects to a balanced lifestyle include managing your work, body, mind and social life. If you neglect even one of these areas of your life, then you could find yourself with an unbalanced lifestyle. This article will go through some of the easy methods you can utilize to help secure a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Starting from the outside, maintaining a healthy body can also make you feel good on the inside. A healthy diet is the first step towards building a healthy body. This doesn’t mean that you should deprive yourself of the foods you like, or go on a constant diet. You should however, try wherever possible to opt for healthier options and make note of the types of food you are consuming.
A popular healthy eating plan works on a rule of eating healthy foods for five days, then eating what you want for the other two. This is a great way to monitor your healthy food intake and still be able to enjoy the treats that you love.
Regular exercise releases endorphins which can help reduce stress, and are linked to feelings of happiness. If working up a sweat in the gym is not for you, then find a form of exercise that you enjoy. Aerobic dance classes like Zumba or relaxing yoga sessions can be a good alternative to conventional exercise.
Regular exercise can increase energy levels, help you to sleep and create a positive feeling of health and well being.
The key to maintaining a healthy mind is to strike a balance between work and play. Spending all your time at a stressful job or studying can increase stress levels, and make you feel tired and sluggish. Its important to create time to socialize away from your working environment.
If you lead a particularly busy lifestyle it may seem counter productive to take time away when you should be working or studying, however you may find that you are more productive if you take more breaks. Simple ideas such as taking time out to eat lunch can reinvigorate your mind and help you focus on tasks.
Socializing after working or studying may seem like the last thing on your mind after a long day. However, you will be surprised how much of a positive effect taking time out to forget about the worries of the day can have on your life. Doing something fun and sociable such as attending a pub quiz, bowling or indulging in a meal and drinks at a pub or restaurant with friends can help you to feel part of the world again.
An important part of establishing a healthy mind is keeping your mind active. If you find that your work or studying is only keeping your mind occupied on one subject or task, then life can become monotonous and predictable. Make sure that you make time for the hobbies and interests in your life that expand your mind. Reading is a great escapist past time that allows you to educate yourself while relaxing.
It is also important to try out new interests so that your mind has the opportunity to engage with something new and different. New experiences can change your outlook on life and help you see the world and your life in a different way.
About the Author
I love Laurent’s suggestion to eat well 5 days of the week and save 2 for treating. I also agree with him about taking time out to stimulate your mind in a different way from the usual. What do YOU do to maintain a balanced lifestyle?