Think about this: how many times a day do we eat processed foods, drink sugar-filled drinks, skip getting exercise due to overpacked schedules, deprive our bodies of much-needed sunlight, spend less time with our loved ones for the sake of work, or willingly participate in stress-filled activities that bring us less joy and little benefit? How often do we sacrifice vital hours of sleep due to our hustle-and-bustle lifestyles? The answer, unfortunately, is likely that you are guilty of doing one of the well-being no-nos mentioned above at least once a week.
Over time, we develop habits that put stress and strain on our bodies, and this adds up over time and slowly will begin to take a nasty toll on your overall functioning. When this occurs, our bodies, minds, and spirits become unbalanced, and eventually this imbalance will have negative health and emotional effects. We live in an on-the-go society that thrives on instant gratification and over-packed schedules filled with expectations that will go unfulfilled because WE EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM OURSELVES MOST OF THE TIME. When you overpack your day, something ends up falling by the wayside, which begins the guilt cycle when someone is left disappointed or feeling unfulfilled. Why is it most of us choose to live this way when we don't have to?
So how do we start to get back on track? The answer, oddly enough, is quite simple. Here, the recipe for maintaining order and balance is (1) getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night, (2) pass on the preservative-filled microwave dinner and try making something fresh for you and your family to enjoy for dinner, (3) Drop sodas, even diet drinks which are just as bad for our bodies, and pick up a bottle of sugar-free sports drink or water, (4) take time to rejuvenate yourself for 30 minutes everyday, (5) participate in something to bring spirituality back into your routine through yoga, prayer, or meditation daily and finally (6), develop realistic expectations of yourself and focus more on the here-and-now rather than worrying about what is to come. Mindfulness and simplicity are the name of the game here, simplify your schedule, increase your sleep hygiene and take time to love yourself. What change will you choose to begin making for yourself today?