Life is full of responsibility, work and disappointments. As much as we wish this weren’t so, it’s this sense of duty and surprise that keeps life exciting and meaningful. So even if we could lounge on the beach every day with a cocktail in hand, boredom would quickly ensue, and we would be looking for more productive ways to spend our time and occupy our minds.
This is especially true for women, who often insist on taking full control of managing the home while also working a full-time job and tending to the children. We are hardwired to want to pursue every single daily task with a diligence that not even the Energizer Bunny could match. We do this, because we are attracted to perfection and want to feel pride in everything we do. There’s nothing wrong with being a thorough, hardworking person, but you have to be careful not to overdo it, because the stress of it all could ruin your health.
There are ways to balance a hard day’s work to make it more affable and easy on your health. Listed below are three of the best ways.
Stay Mindful of How You Feel
Too often we ignore our physical state. Our biggest problem is not listening to our bodies when they feel tired, ill, anxious or hesitant. Stress and illness are born when a body is continuously abused by bad nutrition, lack of exercise and rest and when you ignore your feelings. Start heeding your body’s cues, and you will be amazed at how much better you will feel. When you are tired, sleep. If you get heart burn every time you eat spicy food, stop eating spicy food. If you always feel nervous before work meetings, look for ways to calm yourself beforehand. The list goes on, but the premise remains; stay mindful of how you feel and give your body what it needs, when it needs it.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise
We have already discussed the importance of getting enough rest, but just as important is setting a consistent bed time and wake time for you and your family. Putting yourself on a sleeping schedule ensures that you will get at least seven hours of sleep every night and that you will be able to wake up well rested and ready to tackle the day. And since a full night’s rest is believed to strengthen the brain’s ability to think clearly, it’s very important for someone with a full schedule to get their sleep. In addition, going to bed early allows you to wake up earlier, giving you more daytime hours for work and leisure. Waking up early also decreases the stress associated with the usual morning rush to get ready and get to work on time.
Make Time for Fun
Every day, take time to relax and smell the roses. Even if it is just for 30 minutes, you need to find the time to break away from the humdrum of the day and just enjoy life. Look to hobbies or interests from your youth for inspiration. Listen to music, play a game with your family, go for a hike in the woods, read a book; whatever it is you choose to do, just make sure it relaxes you and brings you joy.
Once you make the decision to give your health and happiness just as much attention as your work, you will begin to see just how beneficial a well-balanced life is. Work will become easier and life will become sweeter.
About the Author:
Amelia Wood is a freelance blogger for MedicalBillingandCoding.org. She enjoys writing about issues related to health care and fitness, as well as sharing valuable information about careers in the health care field. Please direct any questions or comments to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.