By Daina Schnese
Ahh, the world we live in today. It’s a crazy one, and it’s not slowing down. With social media, technological advancements and an increasing population, one could argue that it’s never been harder to maintain a balanced life.
I recently read a story about how many millennials are going into debt because they have a fear of missing out on life and all it has to offer. Sadly, many people have come to believe more money, more fame, more cars, more clothes, MORE is better. It got me thinking…to each their own, but perhaps a key to a happy life is quite simple, it’s quite simply living more simply.
Living simply doesn’t mean you have to quit your well-paid job, never purchase any designer clothes or forfeit that monthly fancy dinner with your spouse. It’s all about balance. Just as the sun brightens the sky during the day and the moon glows at night, your life needs both darkness and light. Learn to embrace and balance the two, and you will feel so much better.
Balance your tech time: Phones are wonderful, computers are great, and tablets make binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix from bed oh so convenient. But, too much of a good thing can be just that…too much. A great tip I have found helpful is to be done with ‘tech stuff’ at a certain hour each night, allotting at least an hour before bed without anything tech-related. It frees up plenty of time to meditate, read, journal, or any other mindful hobbies you may have. It also declutters your mind and will promote healthier and more restful sleep.
Balance your diet: Listen, the last thing you need is another person coming at you with diet tips. We all have different dietary needs based upon our body, our genetics and even our tummies. Get to know your body…moderation is key to any ‘diet.’ Always remember, never look at your food as a ‘diet’ but rather look at they way you eat as a lifestyle. If you can’t see yourself sustaining your ‘diet’ the rest of your life, don’t jump into a Keto, Gluten free or Vegan diet. Do what’s right for your body, blood-type, and overall health. Also, a gallon of water a day can do wonders in and of itself.
Balance your self-talk: Ahh, easier said than done, right? Just be mindful of the way you speak to yourself. Of course, we want to be respectful of others, but we often speak to ourselves so negatively. Start catching yourself while looking in the mirror, or trying on that pair of pants, or maybe even during a deep yoga pose that makes your skin fold over your yoga pants. Where does your mind go? Are you speaking ill of yourself, to yourself? Love yourself. Speak kindly to yourself. How you treat yourself is how others will treat you, and you are deserving of all the self-love you can possibly give yourself!