[This is a guest article]
When it comes to our health, many of us are very good about keeping our bodies healthy with diet and exercise. However, one element of our health that many of us tend to neglect is our mental health.
Maintaining a positive and balanced lifestyle is every bit as important as diet and exercise, and taking some of these tips will almost certainly help you feel more energized, more optimistic, and more balanced in your day-to-day life!
#1 Schedule both quiet and social time: In today’s world it can be hard to slow down and relax, but taking care of yourself (including your mind) is an important step to working and living at your best. Scheduling 20 minutes of quiet time per day can help do just that! However, sometimes a night out on the town with your best friends can be just as re-energizing and helpful. Blowing off steam in a fun atmosphere, breaking up your everyday routine, and maintaining healthy relationships to those that matter most is every bit as important as taking time to meditate or unwind during quiet time.
#2 Talk It Out: Many people feel that by talking about themselves they’ll appear selfish or needy, but getting worries or cares off your mind and out into the world can truly take a lot of emotional and mental weight off your shoulders. Whether you’re having a heart to heart with your partner, venting to a friend, or chatting with a professional therapist, letting the focus be on you from time to time is an important part of maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
#3 Make sure money matters are in order: For many adults – regardless of where they are in their lives and careers – finances are one of the biggest sources of stress and concern. Many people struggling financially might see keeping a balanced checking account as a lofty goal. If you’re having a lot of financial trouble, consulting a lawyer is a very important step to take. A lawyer can help you explore options such as loans, second mortgages, and filing for bankruptcy. If you’re having financial trouble, hiring a lawyer may sound like an expensive investment to make, but with today’s economy many bankruptcy lawyers will take clients with little to no income pro bono (for free).
#4 Let there be light (literally!): Perhaps one of the simplest things that you can do to keep yourself balanced and positive is opening the curtains and blinds to your house each and every morning! By letting sunlight into your home you create a visibly brighter atmosphere. You also allow your body to take the sensory signals it needs to begin pumping out the energy you’ll need for the day. The physiological effects of sunlight on our mood have been studied and verified over and over again, so open up those curtains every single morning and take a few moments to soak in the sun!
We all need to rid our lives of stress in some way or another. Whether your stress is financial, social, or personal, making some small changes to your lifestyle can greatly improve your overall well-being, leaving you a much more happy, balanced, and positive person!