People are more conscious of their health and wellbeing. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly hard to do everything; to find a work–life–health balance. I have been guilty of swinging drastically from one extreme to another: From drinking all the time to being sober for months, from eating chocolate bars for breakfast to consuming nothing but raw food. With so much pressure around health and lifestyle choices, it can be difficult not to get caught up in the latest fad diets or super food crazes.
Finding balance is part of our journey. We need to experience the extremes and try out different things to find what works for us as individuals—to find out what makes us happy. If today you don’t feel like rolling out your mat or heading to the gym, don’t. Run a hot bath and chill out. If you want to go out with friends for Thai food or a glass of wine, then do it—and don’t beat yourself up about it. That one night isn’t going to have a negative effect on your healthy lifestyle and it isn’t going to make you gain weight—but it will help you stay happy and content, and therefore probably more focused on your overall goal than you would be if you were denying yourself these things.
If you find yourself struggling to find this balance, try the tips below:
A digital detox can be the best way to begin to achieve balance. This may just be for a day or an evening, but avoiding the bombardment of body image or food related posts on social media is great for the mind. It’s a reminder that it doesn’t matter what the best coconut water is or latest yoga for weight loss video. We don’t need to always be staring at this information.
Fresh air, green grass, blue skies—they're all nourishing for the soul. There are few things more calming than nature itself.
This is easier said than done, but you don’t need to take on everything. What we all need a little more of is time for ourselves. Take time to do what you want to do. Go take that class you wanted to.
Write down what makes you feel happy. Read it. That’s the most important list for you to read. Whenever you're feeling blue, go do those things.
Balance comes from touching both sides of the scales: Be healthy, but be naughty when you want to be. It doesn’t matter if you indulge sometimes—be kind to yourself and everything will fall into place.