How to Create More Balance in Your Life

Balance was my “one word” last year. As a matter of fact, it is often my word of choice when anyone tells me to think of a word. My mother has been preaching balance to me all of my life, and while I have struggled in and out of it, I do believe that identifying and practicing balance can reap amazing benefits. It is something that I work on everyday. When I find myself getting stuck in a rut, I try to focus on the following solution focused steps to get myself back in the game.

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Six Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important when it comes to taking care of ourselves. When life gets busy with work, family, and other responsibilities, we often allow ourselves to forget how important it is to get good rest. After all, as cliche as it sounds, we really can’t take care of others until we are adequately taking care of ourselves. While we may not all be able to devote eight hours to sleep and we may not always have the luxury of being able to sleep through the night without distractions, there are a few simple things that we can do to set us up for the best and most adequate possible rest.

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Talk Amongst Yourself

Did you know that we talk to ourselves all of the time? Sometimes we aren’t even aware of the thoughts that we are telling ourselves throughout the day. The way that we think about ourselves, and the way that our inner voice interacts with us, can really affect the way that we handle things in our day to day life. Once we learn to recognize and combat our negative thoughts, we can start to build a really strong positive dialogue with ourselves that can truly enhance our mood, productivity, and overall sense of well being.

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Just a Spoonful of Self-Care

Self-Care does not have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to cost much money. There are a lot of things that we can do everyday to promote health and wellness in our lives through self-care. Practicing healthy self-care is more important than we often think. Taking care of ourselves creates opportunity for us to grow and expand our productivity. Taking self-care breaks to increase work efficiency may seem counter intuitive, but, in reality, we need those moments to refuel and recharge our batteries.  Starting small is the best way to introduce ourselves into the wonderful and amazing world of self-care. And, oh, yes, self-care can become addictive. You can thank me later.

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Intentional Self-Care

Think about it. We do so many things that are already self-care exercises without even noticing it. Have you taken a shower lately? Yes? Well then you have experienced an opportunity to intentionally practice self-care. Have you taken a walk around your neighborhood? Or just to the mailbox? That could be self-care too. When we intentionally live our lives in a way that embraces and acknowledges our daily natural opportunities to practice self-care, we can start to relax a little.

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Wake up and Make up Your Mornings

If you are anything like me, mornings can be a real struggle. I actually consider myself a morning person because I often wake up in a good mood. However, that does not mean that I am a very productive morning person. Between silencing multiple alarms on my phone and tearing into my closet to find something to wear, my mornings can actually become quite stressful. Stress in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day so I try very hard to do things to ensure that my mornings go off without a hitch. Here are some ideas for how to take charge of your mornings and set a positive vibe for the rest of your workday.

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