Finding Your Balance By Creating A Personalized Lifestyle

Author: Sarah-Louise Murray | | Categories: Emotional Behavioral Disorder , Personality Disorder , Therapy for Depression

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With your daily routine and hectic work schedule, you may lose a little bit of yourself every day. While your supports, such as your family, friends, and inner self, can help you stay true to who you are and on track with your goals, it may be difficult to achieve a balance between them. When you maintain a proper work-life balance, you have the courage to go ahead and chase bigger goals. Practicing a balanced lifestyle will enhance your ability to maintain healthy personal relationships and pursue professional success.

Work-life balance sets the ball rolling for a brighter future. It helps you work on yourself, create a lifestyle plan that reduces chaos, enables you to clear your mind, and efficiently deal with problems. In this blog, B3 Practice & Supports Inc. has five tips to help you find your unique balance that compliments your personalized lifestyle.

Tip #1: Know how many hours of sleep you need to be your best
You may not realize it, but the amount of sleep you get can affect everything from your weight and metabolism to your brain function and mood. When it comes to sleep, most people think of eight hours as the magic number. But as it turns out, that number is just a myth. Everyone’s sleep needs are different, even within the same age group. Some people may need at least nine hours of sleep a night to feel well-rested, while others in the same age group may find that six hours of sleep is just right for them. Your sleep needs may change throughout your life. Children and teens need much more sleep than adults, and as we reach older adulthood, we may need slightly less sleep. It’s important to figure out what works best for you and prioritize sleep to get enough every night.

Tip #2: Identify your natural productive hours/ Work with your energy
Sometimes an hour is enough to blaze through a massive project. Other times you may struggle to send a couple of simple emails. Your first step to improving your productivity is to be mindful. Begin by bringing your awareness to your natural productive time intervals as well as those predictable low energy periods. Check in with yourself four to six times a day to track your daily and weekly energy levels and mood. After you’re done with tracking, go ahead and look for patterns, primarily when there’s a surge or dip in focus or energy. This will allow you to prioritize more demanding tasks during times of high energy and plan for rest or recovery times during periods of natural lows. Knowing this, you can then use your “peak” hours more wisely.

Tip #3: Respect your unique downtime
There is always so much more to do—so much work you might even genuinely enjoy—but if your mind is telling you to stop, it’s time to take a break because you need some downtime. On a normal working day, there’s a sense of so much coming at you all at once that it’s difficult to process tasks and deal with them. Downtime or recovery times replenish the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourage productivity and creativity. Downtime is essential to both achieve the highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories of everyday life. Understand that everyone has their own downtime and that instead of ignoring or pushing through, care for yourself and engage in an activity that allows you to reset.

Tip #4: Know your desired meal times
The times at which you eat your meals are a significant part of your diet and cannot be ruled out. Your body expects that you respect it in every way possible. Right nutrients, mindful sleep practices, and working with your body are all forces that are in your control, and you must make sure you tend to them earnestly. It is through all of these habits that the body sustains health and maintains resilience. Hence it is crucial to listen to your body’s needs, plan meal times accordingly and enjoy healthy and fun foods.

Tip #5: Embrace your uniqueness
As humans, one of our most wonderful traits is our uniqueness. Other than the obvious things you share with others, you have your own individual talents, abilities, perspectives, and so on. Unfortunately, when you do not embrace these differences in an attempt to avoid standing out, you deprive yourself and everyone around you of your best self and your true self. Opportunities come and go in the blink of an eye. So, embrace your unique traits and experience the life you desire.

If you are looking for clinical counselling and psychological services for individuals, couples, and the elderly in Alberta, then reach out to B3 Practice & Supports Inc. today! My approach focuses on supporting clients in identifying their preferred ways of coping, exploring new skills, processing experiences, and developing a positive sense of self. I will work with you to explore your sense of self, pursue your goals and achieve personal satisfaction. My practice offers a biopsychosocial approach with solution-focused, client-centered strategies integrated with cognitive behavioral therapy and strength-based psychoeducation. I offer my services across Grande Prairie, Wembley, Clairmont, Grovedale, Elmworth, Hythe, DeBolt, and the surrounding areas. To learn more about the services I offer, please click here. To get in touch with me, please click here.