Although life can be unpredictable, and we cannot anticipate and plan for everything, we can make a conscious decision on how, where, and when to concentrate our energies. Being mindful is the first step in learning how to find that balance and live in the present moment. Mindfulness will allow you to enjoy your life right now, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Here are a few tips to help you on your quest for balance:
Getting good quality sleep and enough of it is key to long-term health. Lack of sleep can decrease a person’s coordination, concentration and ability to focus. It has been well documented that long-term sleep depravation can disrupt certain hormones, which can adversely affect appetite, as well as the body’s ability to process sugars. Over time, this can help contribute to unhealthy conditions such as high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes. The body needs at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night in order to properly heal and repair tissues and maximize other metabolic processes.
Food is meant to be a source of nutritious energy for our bodies, but unfortunately, in our world of pre-packaged meals and take-out, we tend to get more than enough energy (calories), with very little nutrition. We have lost our hunger cues and have begun to ignore how the food we eat makes us feel. Our sugar intake is on the rise, with 80% of our processed foods containing added sugars. Being mindful about what you put into your body is one of the most important gifts you can give to yourself. The first step is to simply slow down … taste the food … smell it, savor it … how much does your body actually need? Ask yourself … does this food exist in nature? Is it real food, or does it contain artificial colors, flavors and preservatives? Does the ingredient list read like a chemistry class test question? You may not have the knowledge or the time to make several gourmet meals for yourself each day, but if you focus on including fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs and lean proteins in your diet, you will be on your way to feeding both your body and your mind.
Adapt a routine of physical activity that you enjoy and can stick to. Your exercise program should be one that is affordable, will fit into your schedule, and one that makes you happy. Some people prefer to take classes or hire a personal trainer because they need the accountability and enjoy the social aspect, while others prefer a more solitary practice they can do at their convenience. Whatever type of fitness makes you the happiest, just make sure you are consistent.
MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
It is essential for your well being that you devote time in your schedule for yourself. In this crazy, rushed world of ours, it is easy to miss so many moments of your own life. Ideally, set aside time each day for your own special “Me” time, which can be anything from taking an exercise class to reading a book or relaxing in the tub.
LEARN TO SAY NO
Balance does not entail cramming in every possible activity. Just because you can do something, does not mean you actually have to do it. Take a look at what is important to you, and then set your boundaries. Attempting to do everything at once and spreading yourself too thin, can increase stress and anxiety, which can lead to both physical and emotional health consequences. Learning to balance what we have to do with what we want to do is a key component in a well-balanced life.
At Mindful Mixtures, our goal is to create products that can naturally and safely help you on your quest for balance. We have products to help calm the mind during those stressful times (Om, Peace-Out), products to gently lull you to sleep (Tranquility, REM) along with many others, all free from unsafe chemicals, toxins and other harmful ingredients.
Cheers to finding your own personal balance!