I talk to many people who struggle with gaining a healthy work/life balance. They often say that it seems like a near impossible task. So many people feel the daunting struggle of managing everyday life, and work. Work takes up a good portion of our day, and at times it can feel like nothing is left for all of life’s joys and obstacles. We become accustomed to living in this turbulent chaos, ignoring and not listening to our bodies. Achieving balance is easier said than done, but it is the key to managing stress. A healthy work/life balance can be an attainable goal.
Everyone deals with stress. For some people, it’s daily – people with anxiety, depression, or high-stress lives. For others it can come occasionally with life changes or random stressful situations. Whether we realize it or not, we cope with stress in some way or another. Many times we choose unhealthy coping mechanisms such as eating, drinking, smoking, or zoning out on our television or phone. Stress is one of the main road blocks to a healthy lifestyle. When we’re working hard to lose weight, exercise, eat healthier, and reduce our blood pressure, stress will pop up and be one of the first things to derail us. In order to take control of stress before it derails you, the first step is to realize when you have stress, and the second step is to choose a healthy coping mechanism.
Diet and exercise are often the first two things people look at when trying to improve their health. But sleep quality can be an overlooked issue that can sabotage your efforts in those areas. Science has linked long term sleep deprivation to weight gain, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, weaker immunity, risk of heart disease and more.
If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, nervous, or drained it is time to rest your mind. Meditation has become popular for good reason - it's been scientifically validated to improve both physical and psychological health in hundreds of ways. But you don't have to be a guru, yogi, or spend hours meditating to benefit from meditation techniques. All you need to do is know how to breathe. And the good news is that you were born knowing how!
Our culture can be very alcohol-centric, each season, occasion, and event seem to include drinking. You’ve made the commitment to yourself to get healthy, and reducing alcohol intake can play a large role in that success. Can you drink alcohol and still hit your goals? The answer is yes, but with some strategies.