Creating a Healthy, Well-Balanced Life

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Dr. Purushothaman
August 31, 2013

As society evolves more and more people lose sight of what it means to lead a healthy, well-balanced life. It used to be people focused on their homes and families, tended their farms and gardens, and led a basic, simple existence. Times have changed and technology has created many new opportunities for people. There has been a shift in some countries from an agrarian society to one of industrialization and then technology. Though these developments are fascinating and useful, we have sacrificed our once simple way of living.

In many ways these developments have improved our way of living. Things are safer, diseases and illnesses are more easily treatable, and people have more opportunities for intellectual development than they ever had before. Unfortunately, there are also negative aspects of our ever-evolving lifestyle, too. Life can be stressful and complicated, and there is often little time leftover at the end of a long day to care for one's body and spirit. The key to leading a healthy, well-balanced life is enjoying all of the opportunities available, while also caring for one's health.

Staying active is one of the most important things a person can do to maintain good health. Though there are still many jobs that require physical activity, people who are working at desks and in cubicles all day need to make time for physical activity outside of work. A sedentary lifestyle is an invitation for disease and illness to enter your life. A lack of exercise leads to weight gain, increased levels of stress, and reduced energy. Even if you only spend 20 minutes a day taking a walk or doing yoga, you are still helping your body work more efficiently. Exercise reduces stress and gives you some time to focus on your body. If it is not already, physical fitness should be part of your healthy lifestyle.

Another important part of a well-balanced life is a healthy diet. Eating right helps your body perform at optimum capacity. It helps you ward off disease and illness, and heal faster when they do strike. Giving your body the nutrients it needs keeps everything in working order, so you rarely have to worry about feeling run-down and lethargic. Avoiding unhealthy foods also helps your body stay healthy because you are not adding toxins, chemicals, and disease-causing substances into your system. Most people find that when they make healthy food choices, they feel better overall.

In addition to exercising and eating right, it is also important to get quality sleep every night. Sleep is your body's chance to rejuvenate itself from head to toe. If you sleep poorly, you miss the opportunity to let your mind and body rest. Take some time to consider how well you sleep. You might be able to sleep, but if it is not sound and restful, it does little good for your body. If you are not awakening refreshed each morning, you could probably stand to undergo a few sleep improvements.

Finally, an important part of a healthy, well-balanced life is engaging in emotionally enriching activities. Make time for friends and family, especially those who fill your life with joy. We all have to spend time with people who drain us, so make sure you schedule extra time for those who truly make you feel happy. Also plan to spend time alone. Everyone needs moments alone with their thoughts to evaluate their direction in life and think about how grateful they are for their current situation. Time alone is also a great way to work out problems and challenges you might face. If you believe your life is not emotionally fulfilling, consider adopting a new hobby, take a class to learn something new, or engage in social activities so you can meet new friends.

Hobbies help you grow your mind and keep you feeling sharp and alert. It might not seem like a big deal when you are young, but hobbies are a great way to keep your life full and rewarding as you age. Take a class, read a book, or teach yourself a new skill. All of these things give you something to look forward to and a goal to reach. Having a well-balanced life means tending to your physical health, emotional needs, and mental well-being. If you want to improve your life, examine each area and determine where improvement is needed.

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