HOW TO FIND BALANCE DURING THIS STRESSFUL TIME
Let’s face it, you probably can’t delete all stress from your life. These days it’s hard not to get overwhelmed once in a while. Moreover, in this pandemic we still need to juggle between work, family and other commitments, we can become too stressed out and busy. But you need to set time aside to unwind, or your mental and physical health will suffer.
Here are the 4 things that might help you find some balance in your life.
DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE
Have you seen those home makeover videos on the internet where they clear out all the clutter in a room and then reorganise the room by returning only those things that are vital to the happiness of the owners? You can use that same process to reorganise your life.
Oftentimes, our lives are too cluttered with all of the things that we need to do at home, work, school, in our religious or civic lives, with friends and family with hobbies and so on.
In your mind clear the clutter from your schedule and imagine it empty. Then return only the things that are vital to your survival, your job and sleep, for example. Then bring the other things back into your schedule in their order of importance, adding new things that are important as well (like time for exercise) and leaving out things that are draining you or stressing you, like obligations that you’d rather not keep.
This exercise can give you a greater idea of what things in your life are feeding you and what things you may want to eliminate.
CONSIDER MEDITATION IN THE MORNING
Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment.
Try to wake up before the sun is up in the sky (around AM 5.30), when there are pretty much no vehicles running around the street. Prepare yourself and nice hot lemon water to help maintain body pH balance, find an open place in your house to get fresh air and start your meditation.
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your mediation session ends. Mediation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.
DO YOUR MAKEUP & HAVE FUN WITH IT
Yes, this is a fact that not a lot of people know! Doing your makeup can bestow some pretty powerful cognitive benefits on the brain, especially if you commonly catch yourself stuck in negative thought patterns, like over analyzing situations, blaming yourself for things beyond your control, or generally feeling pessimistic.
These what we called “pitfall patterns” are linked to neurological processes in the brain that have been associated with depression and anxiety.
EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE IN LIFE
Let’s understand why gratitude is so important. We experience gratitude when we shift our focus from what we don’t have to what we do, and when we take time to appreciate and be thankful for those who have contributed to the abundance in our lives. We found that people who have regular gratitude practice are healthier, happier, and have better relationships. Think of your mind like your digestive system, what you put in it impacts how you feel. A gratitude practice is like a workout and a healthy eating play for your mind.
When you find yourself stuck in a constant state of worry, or hyper focused on what is not working around you, try to pause for a second and ask yourself one or two of the following questions.
- What opportunities do I currently have that I am grateful for?
- What did I see today or over the last month that was beautiful to enjoy?
- Who at work am I happy to see each day and why?
- What has someone done for me recently that I am grateful for?
- What are the three things I am grateful for right now?