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How To Achieve A Healthy Balance In Life

How To Achieve A Healthy Balance In Life / Blog Simplicity in Vogue - Healthy living, wellness, self-care, self love, wellbeing, mental health, how to find the perfect life balance, be brave

Our mental health is one of our most important assets. If we don’t have balance in our lives, then every other aspect of what we do can suffer, from our jobs and our interpersonal relationships to our physical health. The perfect balanced life is almost impossible to achieve and this can feel very elusive and hard to get it right but it's vital to try to find some kind of balance. How do you make sure everything is kept in check? Well, quite like maintenance on your house, it's an ongoing process. Letting problems build up is asking for trouble, and ignoring minor issues allows them to develop into major ones.

Think about when your plumbing springs a leak. If you leap into action immediately - fetching bowls and towels, calling a plumber- you’ll sustain minimal damage. If you ignore that same leak, it will seep into the walls, undermining the foundations of the building itself and eventually it may all come tumbling down. It's the same with your mental health. A little ongoing maintenance, even if you don’t think there are major issues, is a far better approach than letting things build up. Finding time to look after yourself doesn’t have to be onerous or a really big commitment. Little steps on a weekly basis can really help you to stay on top of things.

Change The Dialogue

Often, we treat ourselves in ways that we would never treat a friend. We use our internal dialogue to speak to ourselves in ways which are extremely self-critical and unkind. We’re usually guilty of being our own worst critics. This can lead to very negative cycles of emotion and behaviour which can wear us down over time. Learn to reprogramme your inner voice. This is as simple as becoming aware when you are in the flow of criticising yourself and making a conscious effort to stop. Try reframing negative thoughts as positive. Instead of saying to yourself ‘I’m so stupid, I made that mistake, I’m really dumb’. Try saying ‘Ok, I made a mistake there. Everyone does. But I will learn from it and next time I’ll do…’. 

This process can feel a little artificial at first, but keep going and over time you’ll find yourself generally feeling more positive and upbeat about things. This simple technique can be surprisingly effective in changing the way you feel about yourself. It's all part of a process of learning to be kind to ourselves, which doesn’t always come naturally for various reasons. When you catch yourself being overly harsh to yourself over a situation, stop and ask what you would say to your best friend in the same scenario. That is how you should react to yourself. Be your own biggest supporter and it can really change the direction of your life. 

Make Time For Yourself

In today’s always connected world, it often feels like we are constantly on the go. We all have huge to-do lists, busy jobs, numerous other commitments, social lives and caring responsibilities to try and juggle. It’s really little wonder that it all gets on top of us sometimes. Learning to try and take time for ourselves can be a struggle. We feel self-indulgent and guilty if we take time out for our own needs. But if you don’t look after yourself, how can you look after everyone else? Time out for your wellbeing is critical, so make it non-negotiable. 

Establish what works for you, whether it's squeezing half an hour in the morning for some yoga sessions or fifteen minutes before bed for a bit of practice with your mindfulness app. It could be the Sunday night bath that restores you and sets you up ready for the week. It could be the long walk with your dog in the evening, or the hour’s peace and quiet once a week to read a book, paint or listen to your favourite playlist, or just sit with a coffee and watch the world go by. Treat yourself with respect by valuing your own time. Make your boundaries clear to other people and remember - it doesn’t make you a bad person! It's your life, and you are perfectly entitled to a little space for yourself from time to time.

Seek Professional Support If Needed

Struggling in silence is the absolute worst thing we can do. If you recognise on some level that there is an issue, then you need to deal with it as soon as possible. Perhaps you’ve been having intrusive thoughts which are increasingly affecting your behaviour. Or maybe you feel like you’ve just lost your zest for life and it's getting harder to get up and go in the mornings. Trust your own instincts, and if you feel that things are getting to the point where they are no longer fully within your control, find some help. Seek out a local support group that can listen to you and signpost you to further help should you need it. 

There are now some amazing programmes available that can help you to overcome fears, phobias and mental health conditions. From neurolinguistic programming to remove mental roadblocks and help you move forward in life, to substance misuse programmes for everything from alcohol to mobile phones and TMS treatment for OCD, you can get to a place where you are back in control of your life. A little extra support sometimes is something that everyone needs, so never be ashamed to admit you could use it.

Try Something New

It's easy to become stuck in a rut in life, so sometimes, just trying something new can really make a big difference. Routines are really good things for building security but sometimes it's worth shaking them up. Beginning a new hobby, planning a road trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to see, trying a brand new restaurant for dinner, having a wardrobe or a house declutter or taking a volunteering opportunity are all great ways to freshen things up and just give you a little burst of new energy. Often that’s all you need to feel reinvigorated.

And there you have it! Thank you so much for reading it! I'm glad you're here! Now I would love to hear from you in the comments! Do you think it's difficult to have a balanced life? Let us know your tips and tricks that help you maintain a sane mind.

See you soon! :)


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