5 Ways to Bring Balance Into Your Life
American theologian and mystic, Thomas Merton, once wrote… "Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony"
If you feel like you’ve lost order in your life and that equilibrium seems to be elusive, then read on, because in this blog post we have five tips to help balance your mind, body and soul.
Balance your mind
Set some time aside every day to balance your mind in a way that works for you. You may wish to try meditation or mindfulness. You may be happy to sit quietly in your favourite spot in the garden. Practice whatever it takes to be more conscious and focused on the moment in hand. Pilates can help you balance your mind, by focusing on breathing
Andrea will often say, “Make the most important part of your day the pause between breaths.”
Balance your diet
When life gets busy it’s easy to grab food in a hurry, (sometimes making bad choices), when you plan what you’re going to eat, it brings balance and harmony to other areas of your life. Balancing your diet doesn’t need to be complicated, we’re not talking about counting macronutrients. Give yourself the right start by just choosing fresh, organic produce that’s in season.
If you are grabbing lunch in town, we recommend the Pallant Restaurant who recently received a Silver award from Eat out Eat Well, Part of the Sussex Partnership Scheme rewarding caterers who make it easier for their customers to make healthier choices when eating out.
Balance your books
Money worries often contribute to stress, which in turn can lead to a work-life imbalance. If you recognise that you have financial stress talk to a money coach or adviser who can help you. By taking that small step, you will immediately begin to reintroduce order and take back control.
Balance your business
If you find that you’re working very early or late into the night, or that you’re never far from your smartphone take a step back, and find your work-life balance. We recommend having a ritual that transitions you from work to home and back again. If you travel to work then make your journey part of the transition, don’t think about the work day you’ve had or the work day you’re going to have, instead, use the journey to immerse yourself in your favourite music or podcast.
If you work from home, it’s trickier… But make sure you have a routine that allows you to progress from your home office to your home comforts! Our Chichester Pilates classes at 6:15 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday are an excellent way to evolve from a busy working day into your gentle, relaxed evening.
Balance your body
Now this one is our area of expertise! The restorative principles of Pilates will help to improve your posture and body balance with controlled flowing movements. You’ll strengthen your core muscles that stabilise and support your spine. Find out more about our classes HERE.
Check out Andrea’s Pilates Vlog this month that focuses specifically on balance and stability.