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For many people, finding a way to balance all the parts of their lives can be a challenge. Making time for your physical health while keeping your mental health in check can be tricky, and when one suffers, everything suffers. For those who are trying to also maintain a healthy spiritual side, it can be hard to reduce stress and ensure those positive feelings. When a person is in recovery, being proactive about their life is important because it can help reduce the risk of a setback.
Making small changes to your daily routine can help you find balance. Getting enough sleep, for instance, can help with all three: the physical, mental, and spiritual. It will allow you to rest your brain and your body, giving you enough energy and mental agility to get through the day, and the more well-rested you are, the better equipped you’ll be to make good choices.
Read on for tips on how to maintain balance no matter what you have going on.
Start Stress Reduction at Home
Your ability to relax and reduce stress starts at home, so it’s important to take a look at each room to make sure it’s working for you. Get organized, declutter, make sure your bedroom is comfortable and temperature-controlled for better rest, and arrange your furniture so that it maximizes your space. With a clean, well-organized house, you can breathe easier, sleep better, and learn to relax. It may also help to have a dedicated space to meditate in; it doesn’t have to be a separate room, just a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted or distracted.
Take Time for Yourself
One of the easiest things you can do for your overall wellness is to take time for yourself. This might mean taking a weekend trip to get away, spending time outdoors, carving an hour out of the day to exercise or read a good book, or simply turning off your phone and enjoying a good movie. Those with tight schedules know that it can be extremely difficult to take a timeout; you may feel guilty for doing so, or you might feel anxious about the work that will pile up during your break. Take slow breaths, push aside those anxious thoughts, and think instead about how much more productive you’ll be after a rest.
Get Good Rest
For many people, good rest is very hard to come by. Stressors and anxieties can build up throughout the day, leaving you wide awake at night and unable to turn off your brain. You may be able to get to sleep fairly easily but wake up several times throughout the night, leaving you feeling exhausted in the morning. To avoid this, create the right environment to sleep in by utilizing comfy bedding and relaxing colors. Remove the television if it’s a distraction, and keep your smartphone out of your bedroom altogether if possible. It’s also a good idea to put some limitations on where your pets can sleep, as studies have shown that people who allow their pets to sleep in the same bed often wake up several times during the night.
Finding a good balance within your life can take some time, as what works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to be patient and try several tactics so you’ll be sure to find the one that’s best for your specific needs. Ask for support from friends and family, especially if you’re in recovery, as this is an important part of moving forward in a healthy way.