When women are feeling anxious over the state of their life and it seems as if things have become a monotonous daily grind, it can be difficult to know what to change. The demands on one's time can feel overbearing, especially for women who work in an “unhealthy” industry (nursing, residential care, retail, and manufacturing are often considered the unhealthiest industries to work in) and have children, and maintaining a sense of balance can become quite challenging. Finding time to improve your overall wellness in the midst of this can feel like a daunting task, but there are small changes that can have a big impact in improving how you feel and how much you can handle. As a bonus, your improved mood will ease the overall tension in your home, which will make others feel at ease and create a more harmonious living environment for your whole family. Use these tips from Family Coaching, LLC to help you restore a sense of balance in your life.
Slow down and prioritize the positives in your life
Life can feel very hectic for women in today's society and it can be difficult to pull away and take time for themselves. Do You Yoga suggests that a powerful first step when life feels overwhelming or as if it's become a daily grind is to slow down and reevaluate your priorities and what you want from your life. Start working on a list to sort through the positives and negatives, and be ready to make some decisions that can often be difficult.
As you work on this list, think about what you like and dislike about the current state of things in your life, along with what makes you happy and unhappy. As you see those items that are having a negative impact on your life, think through how you can reduce or eliminate those and add in more of the positives. Compromising and saying no are difficult for many women, but it is necessary when you find that you need to simplify your life.
Regain balance by saying no and focusing on your own wellness
According to Beliefnet, oftentimes women are simply wired to say yes to demands on their time and efforts, even when those demands are a drain on their mental health and well-being. Saying no takes some commitment and practice, but it is the key to helping women gain clarity in what their priorities are in their lives. This, in turn, helps pave the way to connecting with loved ones more deeply, and finding balance and confidence.
Keep in mind that you should also find a balance in your relationship. Reconnected notes that you should maintain a healthy balance by being able to compromise, but both parties should also invest in their own lives. If you’re not fulfilled with your own life, you won’t be able to have a healthy relationship. So you should remember to make time for yourself.
As you start to clear away some of the draining commitments that were monopolizing your life, it is time to start focusing on ways to improve your nutrition and overall health. Eating healthy foods, getting quality sleep, getting outside, and exercising are key components to being healthy both physically and mentally.
Prioritize healthy foods, exercise, and hobbies to rebuild your positive attitude
Medical News Today notes that by incorporating nutrient-dense healthy foods into your diet you are helping your body maintain even blood sugar levels, stay fueled and energized, and produce serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter. The importance of quality nutrition as you battle the daily grind and work to improve your overall health cannot be emphasized enough. Too much caffeine, sugar, and junk food can drag you down even further, while healthy foods will boost your energy and stamina, and help treat high blood pressure, depression and even addiction.
Make time for favorite hobbies, even if it's just a few minutes here and there, and utilize physical activity to reduce stress. Whether your mind and body respond best to running, swimming, yoga or meditation, exercise will help you feel stronger and more able to tackle the draining everyday demands of your life. Any physical activity is likely to improve your mood and lighten your stress, but getting outdoors while getting active sparks even better results.
If your life has become a draining grind, scaling back and prioritizing commitments may be one of the best ways to regain some balance and order. Make time to exercise, sleep, engage in activities that boost your mood, and focus on filling your diet with good nutrition to help your body cope with the daily grind of a jam-packed schedule. Putting yourself first as a woman does not typically come easily, but it is critical to prioritize your own needs at times in order to keep up with what others need from you.
If you’re having trouble finding balance in your life, family or couples counseling may be a key tool in helping you build a healthier foundation, and Family Coaching, LLC can help. Contact us online or call 480-433-2800 for all your relationship needs.
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Article by Emily Graham of mightymoms.net