Does your life feel unbalanced and cause you undue stress? Are you fully satisfied with life? How you feel about your life affects how you experience it. You might feel completely satisfied or fulfilled in one area of your life, however there may be some things that are missing. It can be tough to be aligned in mind, body and soul so that you feel like you are living a balanced and stable life. However, achieving this kind of alignment is possible! Implementing habits that are healthy for your mind, body and spirit into your daily life will help you to gain the balance you seek. Read ahead for a few ideas on habits that will enhance the overall well-being of your body, mind, and spirit.
1. Focus on the Positive
Difficulties are inevitable in daily life. Your perspective on challenges makes a difference in how they affect your overall wellness. Adopting a more positive outlook in situations will help you move through them more easily and experience joy amidst the struggles. You will see challenges as opportunities, transforming drudgery and stress into contentment and hope.
2. Stay Active
Stagnant minds and spirits are related to dormant bodies. Regular exercise awakens and motivates your mind and spirit but doesn’t have to mean hours in the gym. Get sunshine and fresh air walking during lunch. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. With just a little more movement each day, you will enjoy life’s moments more and also look and feel better.
3. Be Thankful
A thankful heart has less room for resentment and anger. When you take time to be thankful, your mindset changes and positively drives your emotions and behavior. Take time each day to thank others for what they do or who they are. Giving thanks will brighten yours and others’ days. Recognizing the aspects of your life for which you are grateful will reduce stress and help you persevere.
4. Share Life with Others
For some, this might mean simply sharing both the good and the hard with others. For others, regularly getting together to share a meal. For others still, going alone to a park on a warm day when others are also out. Sharing life helps you feel connected, valued, and known.
5. Find Purpose
Purpose gives life meaning and makes even the most difficult situations valuable. Finding a reason to continue doing what you do, especially when it’s hard. Having goals that motivate you to take steps to progress. Visualizing what you want to see in the world and helping bring it to fruition. Those who feel a sense of purpose tend to be more productive and feel more fulfilled.
These five habits manifest themselves differently in each individual, and you may have to tweak things to fit your personal preferences and lifestyle. At first, they may feel forced, but if you practice them regularly, they will become second nature and move into the space where habit becomes an art. These habits, this art, will leave your mind, body, and spirit, healthier and happier.
AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, health, and women’s interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Dixie got advice for this article from the professionals at Ascend Recovery who specialize in helping those who need to rehabilitate from addictive behaviors to implement healthy habits into their lives to become more balanced.