Sober Summer: 10 Tips to Create Balance in Your Life

June 11, 2014

If you’re like me, the word “summer” no longer means three months of vacation and relaxation (if does mean three months of vacation enjoy it while it lasts). For the rest of us summer now means endless errands, bringing kids back and forth to summer camp, getting all those house projects done, trying out all those cool DIY projects on our Pinterest boards, and the list goes on. As our lists grow it can get a bit stressful, but there are ways to alleviate stress and create balance in your life.

Here are a few tips to help create balance in your summer (and life).

  1. Eat a sensible breakfast
    Starting the day right with a balance breakfast consisting of adequate protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats can be the jumpstart to a good day. Fueling your brain and body can give your metabolism a kick-start and help make sound decisions. Try a veggie, egg-white scramble with mixed berries, a slice of whole grain toast and a couple teaspoons of almond butter.
  2. Get 5 or more servings of whole fruits and vegetables/day
    For disease prevention (cardiac, cancer, diabetes, etc.), metabolism, craving control and overall nourishment. Also don’t forget healthy fats like fish, nuts, seeds, avocado for brain and heart health along with depression treatment and inflammation. Whole grains and other high fiber foods like beans and lentils create a healthy GI tract theorized to be the “hub” of health status.
  3. Move your body – Often!
    Lifestyle activities like walking the dog, parking further away and using the stairs adds up to a large component of healthy living.
  4. Achieve financial wellness
    Unstable finances can lead to stress, anxiety and depression. Seek financial counseling and get started today!
  5. Exercise first thing in the morning
    The earlier the better! It decreases risk of “something coming up”. A daily sweat decreases stress, anxiety, depression, can aid in increased body image, decreased heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes risk. Exercise aids in metabolism and weight maintenance.
  6. Express yourself
    Through speech, music, dance, art, meditation, hobbies, etc. Be open and honest with your needs, likes, dislikes, desires, goals and dreams. Learn how to say and accept the word “no” when necessary.
  7. Drink a lot of water
    All mechanisms of the body function better with adequate hydration. Strive for 1/2 of your body weight in ounces. Find a cool re-usable water bottle or decorate one yourself (which also goes along with tip #6). Humans are the only species that drink beverages other than water (this must be true as I’ve never ran into a pop machine in the wild) and perhaps this tells us something about what fluids we really need.
  8. Seek healthy social support, love and companionship
    We are social beings and need others. We have the ability to find like-minded people through careers, social gatherings, social media websites. Although alone time is also healthy. Seek balance.
  9. Create a healthy environment
    Surround yourself with positive people, nutritious food, fresh flowers, organization and physical activity.
  10. Jealousy usually works in the opposite way
    Be happy for other’s accomplishments and use it as motivation to better yourself.

Now what would you add to our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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