How "Balanced" Are You?

“Poor health is not caused by something you don’t have; It’s caused by disturbing something that you already have. Healthy is not something that you need to get; it’s something you already have if you don’t disturb it”. -- Dean Ornish

The human body is capable of maintaining equilibrium and health if we allow it to do so by taking care of its physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Too often we only become aware of our health when we lose it.

We can all learn to live more balanced, healthy lives which can support our health and help with healthy, balanced weight-management. The following are tips from the Lancaster General “Life Balance Pyramid”:

Life long foundations for long-term balance that gives you the ability to handle whatever life brings your way, forms the base of the pyramid and can be acquired by developing a sense of fulfilment from hobbies and work, by viewing life's changes as opportunities, by connecting with nature, and by reflecting on personal values. Connecting with a higher power and making time for meditation and prayer is also vital.

Daily supportive activities which helps to build your coping abilities so you can feel balanced emotionally and physically, forms the middle of the pyramid and consists of four categories from which to choose each day:

  • Pleasurable Joys” like beautiful music, a soothing bath, laughing often, watching a movie and giving and receiving hugs.
  • Physical Nourishment” which includes a variety of fresh, healthy food, physical activities, rest and clean water.
  • Emotional Wellbeing” is enhanced when you learn to express your feelings in an honest, fair and direct way, think optimistically, nurture a positive self image and use a journal to write your thoughts down. 
  • “Social Connection” Includes spending quality time with family, friends and pets, caring for children and the elderly, and doing kind deeds for others.

Immediate coping skills to deal with day to day stress emergencies such as traffic jams, work overload or a family disagreement, forms the tip of the pyramid and includes the use of positive self-talk, relaxing with deep breathing, and  envisioning a pleasant place away from the stressor.

Make it a daily habit to aim for more balance and meaning in your live. Your body will thank you for the effort.

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