You love your life and career — But things aren’t always sunshine and rainbows are they? Balancing your world can be a challenge! You have a lot on your plate.
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone whisked you away to a tropical island so you can bask in the sun and forget the worries of the world for a while? As nice as that sounds, we may not have the luxury of doing that all of the time.
So, let’s talk about how we can support our minds and find some inner peace. We don’t need to get to a code red level of crisis when it comes to our wellbeing.
This may seem obvious, but stress is the nasty little problem that leads to the bigger problem of burnout. Like Harley Quinn and the Joker — Two trouble makers wrapped up in one.
Stress can cause…
- Mood Swings
- High Blood Pressure
- Cardiovascular Issues
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Surely you don’t want that Ways to reduce stress include…
- Stay physically active
- Eat well
- Get outside
- Follow a schedule
- Keep things organized
- Take moments to clear your mind
- Find enjoyable activities
Reducing stress is really important for your mental and physical health. Remember — what’s happening in the mind is playing a part in what is happening in the body.
Focus On Your Health
Health is sort of a generic term. If we were to say that we have animals, you would probably ask us what kinds of animals we have. So, let’s break it down.
✓ Blood Pressure
✓ Blood Sugar
✓ Bone Density
✓ Body Fat Percentage
All of these things can be checked during a routine doctor's visit. We know it’s not very comfortable to put on that paper robe, but we promise it’s for the best!
Movement and Exercise
Run, lift weights, do yoga, enter a competitive interpretive dance competition… the more you can get moving the better!
- Keeps you lean and strong
- Encourages healthy body weight
- Boosts your immune system
- Prevents diseases and illnesses
- Helps with balance and flexibility
On top of all of that, movement is a natural stress relief and key to a clear mind. You’ll have more energy, boost your mood, and keep your mind sharp.
An apple a day…
We all know the saying, but the truth is, a balanced meal filled with whole nutrient packed foods is the best possible thing for your body and mind.
Proper nutrition helps the mind…
✓ Reduce depression and anxiety
✓ Improve mental clarity and concentration
✓ Keep us alert and energized
What fuels your body also fuels your brain.
Manage Your Time
Don’t you just hate that feeling?
Over scheduling yourself is only going to make you feel like you’re in a constant state of catchup and ultimately lead to burnout.
Things to keep in mind when it comes to managing your time…
- Be realistic about how long things will take.
- Work your way through certain priorities, but don’t stress if you can’t get it all done.
- Set Boundaries, don’t let things intrude on time you have set aside for other things.
- Make time for yourself. Anything that’ll help you wind down a little.
- Don’t let your busy body side guilt trip you. It’s okay to take breaks and relax!
Managing your time will lead to less chaos in your mind. Worrying and constantly overthinking won’t get you to a healthy headspace. Make lists, spread things out, and keep things in their lane for good mental health.
Maintain Healthy Relationships
It almost seems impossible to maintain long-lasting friendships as an adult. Or better yet, try to make friends over a certain age. But it’s important to try to foster healthy relationships.
According to the Mayo Clinic —
Friends can help…
- Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
- Boost your happiness and reduce your stress
- Improve your self-confidence and self-worth
- Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
- Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
Your mental state can be heavily improved with open communication between loved ones, friends, and family. So go make those dinner plans or book a slot for a mani-pedi! It’s good for the mind and soul.
Find Your Joy
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or burned out — it might be the perfect time to evaluate the things in your life that are causing these issues. Every problem has a solution, you just might have to dig a little deeper to find it.
Concentrate on making room for things that bring you joy and happiness. Life is busy… and messy! But it’s important to remember to enjoy it.
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