By Tamara Jacobi ● February, 2013
1. Breathe and check in with yourself regularly. You may have noticed that when life gets hectic, you’re often thrown way off balance. Your stress levels rise, you start making poor food choices and things begin to spiral out of control. Part of the problem with being crazy busy is that we forget to breathe and check in with ourselves. Why not making a habit of doing simple, 60 second meditation/breath exercises throughout the day to briefly hit the pause button on your life and consider what you might need to do to maintain balance. Even when life is busy you should be able to spare 60 seconds. With practice you might be able to re-gain your balance before things spiral out of control.
2. Find your personal “balance catalyst”. A balance catalyst is a quick way for your body and mind to clean the slate and start fresh. You can get creative on this one! My personal favorite strategy for this is stand up paddle boarding. When I step onto a SUP board, my body and mind are completely focused on finding balance, literally! Though balance on the SUP board is initially physical, this sport has a beautiful residual effect psychologically. When I’m out on the water I have no hurries and no worries. The stresses of life are washed way and I carry a blissful, balanced sensation with me long after I’ve return to shore. SUPing helps me hit the “re-set button” on my life. What can you do to hit your personal re-set button?
3. Find quality nutrition that works for you. It’s hard to feel balanced in life when your food is consistently throwing you off balance. Establishing a quality diet that works for your unique body is essential for finding balance (for both body and mind!). With a bit of effort, you can gain tremendous insight into what your body needs to be completely nourished. But where to start? The world of modern nutrition can be over-whelming and confusing. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you with this! Together, we will listen to your unique body, build a strong nutritional foundation and integrate quality foods into your life in a sustainable, enjoyable way. Check out my variety of holistic nutrition programs and contact me to get started.
4. Don’t give up! Balance in life isn’t a stationary point, it’s more of a rhythm. You’ll never reach a state of balance and stay there. It’s natural for bumps in the road of life to throw you off every now and then (just like falling off the SUP board). The idea here is to introduce some simple, healthy habits to keep you on track. With a bit of practice, these new healthy habits will become a natural part of your life, allowing to regain your balance quickly.
Jungle Lodge Manager & Holistic Health Coach
San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico