What steps should I take to maintain a balanced life?

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Answered by: Sonja , An Expert in the Balanced Life 101 Category
Balancing work and home life is something many people across the Northern America and the rest of the world struggle with and strive for. If you work a typical 8 hour day, you're spending one-third of your day at work while another third goes to sleep. With a 2-hour round-trip commute you've worked, slept, and drove away 3/4 of your day. Maintaining a balanced life starts with nurture ourselves, our career, and our relationships. If we don't take care of ourselves and let worldly stresses break us, we risk a whole host of problems. Stress can result in mood disorders, sleep problems, acne, sexual problems, migraines, chronic pain, and much more.

Start by taking car of yourself, eat healthily. Over processed food can make you feel bogged down, while sugar and caffeine can cause you to crash. Eat more vegetables and fruits. The vitamins in these foods will help you feel sharper and your body function smoother. It may even put some pep in your step and motivate you to get moving, which is also incredibly important. Exercise gets your blood flowing and promotes cardiovascular, motor, and mental health. It reduces your risk of blood clots, heart attacks, depression, helps anxiety and panic attacks, reduces cholesterol, builds muscle, and boosts metabolism. You don't have to run a marathon or weight train, you can start by simply taking walks. 5 to 15 minutes a day will improve your health.Spiritual health takes an incredibly important role. Whatever you believe, don't forget to study and spend time in your faith. Set aside some time regularly to bond with your deity, or lack thereof. Be still, quiet, and humble while you take comfort in the belief that makes sense of this loud, busy world. Keep your body and mind healthy. This is a pivotal step in creating a balanced life.

While nurturing ourselves we simultaneously must meet the demands of a modern world. We have to hold a job, pay for things like our home, cars, health insurance, food, and other measures. But if you don't love what you do, it can all just feel like a pointless routine. To break the monotony, you need to do something you love. If you don't know what you love, figure it out. Do some soul searching and when you find it start trudging out a path for yourself to work with your passion, daily. Finding am entry-level starting position, furthering your education, or blazing a path of self-employment are all good ways to start a new career. If you do love your work, your one step ahead.

On the other side of the coin we have our personal lives, don't forget to be active in your own personal life. Have coffee with friends or spend time with family; be active and engaged in the lives of people you love. You’ll quickly see that the love of family and friends is the best medicine. Make sure at least once a week you're engaging in social interaction. However, be sure to schedule some alone time to recharge from all the interaction.

The path of happiness isn't always the path of least resistance, it usually takes more work and devotion. But when we're spending this much times on others, maintaining a balanced life is something we owe to ourselves.

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