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Life-Style Balance

Here are some suggestions for restoring your life-style balance:

Emotional

  • Spend time with others whose company you enjoy.
  • Reconnect with important people in your life.
  • Use the Internet to talk to your buddies.
  • Give yourself credit; praise yourself.
  • Reread favorite books, watch your favorite movies.
  • Identify and seek out comforting activities, objects, people, relationships, and places.
  • Find things to make you laugh.
  • Spend time your children.

 

Spiritual

  • Make time to be alone and think about your Higher Power.
  • Spend time in nature.
  • Find a spiritual connection or community.
  • Be open to inspiration.
  • Be optimistic and hopeful.
  • Be aware of the non-material aspects of life.
  • Try, at times, not to be in charge or be the expert.
  • Be open to not knowing.
  • Identify what is meaningful to you and notice its place in your life.
  • Meditate, pray, sing.
  • Contribute to causes in which you believe.
  • Read inspirational literature (talks, music, etc.).

 

Physical

  • Eat regularly (e.g., breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Eat healthy foods (e.g., limit processed foods, alcohol, “junk foods”).
  • Exercise
  • Get regular medical care for prevention and when needed.
  • Take time off when sick.
  • Remain active (e.g., dance, swim, walk, run, play sports, sing, or do some physical activity that you enjoy).
  • Take time to be sexual with your partner.
  • Make it a priority to get 8 hours of sleep per night when possible.
  • Wear clothes you like and feel comfortable in.
  • Take vacations.

 

Psychological

  • Make time for self-reflection.
  • Write a journal.
  • Read books that are unrelated to work.
  • Do something at which you are not an expert (e.g., new video game or sport).
  • Decrease stress in your life.
  • Notice your inner experiences; listen to your thoughts, judgments, beliefs, attitudes, and feelings.
  • Let others know different aspects of your personality.
  • Engage your mind in a new area (e.g., go to an art museum, history exhibit, sports event, auction, or theater performance).
  • Practice receiving positive feedback from others.
  • Be curious.
  • Say “no” to extra responsibilities sometimes.