Balance Works Better

It seems that for many of us, a life balance may be an impossible goal. There’s work, school, relationships, children etc. Not to mention any outside interests or hobbies we may want to pursue. So it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of us that feel stressed. The definition of stress: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. In the rush to get everything done, we don’t understand that as stress rises, it can mess with our concentration, make us irritable or depressed as well as harm personal/professional relationships. Stress can also mess with our physical bodies, as sickness and ailments.

While we all need a certain amount of stress/motivation to get things accomplished, the key to managing it all is one word: balance. There are a few things you can do to learn how to do. First, recognize the need for personal time. If you need to unplug from technology also, great. Give yourself a time frame and during that time, rest or engage in something that relaxes you. Shed the superwoman or superman urge! When looking at your calendar, schedule in time just for yourself. Don’t overcommit, it’s better to say no to certain activities and/or events.

Stay active. We all know exercise has so many benefits but one of the most important things to note is that exercise reduces stress levels significantly when it is consistent. Those feel-good hormones are released and work their way to your mental and emotional well-being. Whether its a gym membership, a trek team in your neighborhood or taking a walk on your lunch break, make time to be active and over time you will see the benefits. Treat your body right. Alcohol, cigarettes and drugs only weaken the immune system and can lead to serious addictions. Look for support also. Chatting with family/friends can be an important part of the de-stress routine. Make time to send a text or phone call to check in with loved ones and friends. Most times, people with stronger support systems have a more aggressive immune system and can ward off potential problems. Its a known fact! Don’t let stress stand in your way of happiness. Figure out a meaningful balance between work/rest/play that will enable you to lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. You’re worth it.

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