One of the tenants of a healthy life is to find balance. It’s not always easy, but stepping back from life for an hour, a day, a week definitely helps to refocus our minds on what’s positive in life and helps to reduce our stress levels.
So why take the time to reflect? Because even if you’re relatively content with your day-to-day life, find enjoyment in your work or home life challenges and are living a healthy lifestyle – you may be experiencing stress.
Some of us experience unexplained headaches, neck aches, back aches even stomach aches – things we believe are caused by the food we eat, the way we slept or the environment at large – but these are signs of stress.
A small break, some time taken for ourselves to reflect on our life may provide an opportunity to realize that we’re experiencing some kind of stress and to take action to reduce it.
Scheduled quiet time to relax and recharge are essential to reducing stress. As I sit here by the pool, gazing at the kids playing, I’m grateful for the opportunity to consciously switch off. To leave the day-to-day routine behind and to just be without the need to be anywhere, my mind and body are happy and relaxed.
Mental health breaks help us cope, stay positive and connected to our inner selves. In these breaks we have time to reflect and might find our lifestyle could use a little tweaking to bring energy levels up and to find balance. Maybe there’s a need to:
- Schedule regular downtime for a little personal pampering
- Assess food behaviors and kitchen cupboards
- Increase levels of physical activity
- Turn in earlier to get 8 hours of sleep or at lease 7
- Have a difficult conversation with a friend, loved one or boss
The down time helps to recharge and refocus our lives in the direction we most want them to go. If it’s already going in the right direction it helps to revitalize and refocus our resolves.
Is there a more effective way we can direct our energy and focus to create more balance?
I’d love to hear what you think!