Fit & Happy: 7 Stress Busters to Keep You Balanced
By: MEREDITH NIXON, April 11, 2014
Between work, family, health & fitness, life can be difficult to juggle. Balance is the key word in learning how to control your life, and not let your life control you. I know how it feels to be buried in stress. Especially when it comes to obtaining balance between work, life, health goals, and all the other things that make up our crazy schedules. It's easy to get overwhelmed, but it can be done. Just follow these 7 tips to a less stressful more balanced life.
1 - K.I.S.S.
The best advice for finding balance is not to become overwhelmed in the first place. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Everybody is different; so are everyone's schedules, diets, and workouts. It is important to find what works for you and do it consistently over time. In reality, effort and consistency are the keys to success. The easier it is for you to balance work, family, fitness and healthy eating with your lifestyle, the better the chances are that you'll stick to it.
2 - Everything in Moderation
Living by this one simple rule will make everything more balanced. Moderation applies to everything from work, fun, fitness and especially diet. No need to stress about a cheat meal or cheat day if you can enjoy these indulgences in moderation. If you aren't into calorie-counting or weighing and portioning out food, just consume healthy foods in moderation. If you still want to have a social life and hang out with friends, have some wine (you guessed it!) in moderation.
3 – Learn to say…”NO”
If your life is really packed, you'll never be able to achieve balance. Learn to say "NO" to anything that doesn't make you want to scream "YES!" You can't make everyone happy or commit to everything. Trying to do it all will only leave one person unhappy and drained, and that’s you. Instead, spend your time doing things that excite and fulfill you, and cut the rest of it out. You will be happier, calmer, and your loved ones will appreciate a more relaxed and balanced you.
4 - Use a Calendar
Most of us have a calendar at our fingertips now (thanks, smartphone) so use it. Put your workouts in your calendar, schedule family or me time around your work. If you're so busy you can't even remember to eat, set an alarm for meal times. You are more likely to stick to your plans/goals if a reminder pops up telling you when you should be working out. You'll have time to balance everything if you know what your week looks like at all times.
5 - Prioritize and Mean It
Many of us are busy. We can list a thousand things we have to do every week. We tell ourselves that we'll start working out next week, or pay that overdo bill, look for a new job etc. Next week comes and guess what happens….nothing! Realize that there is no perfect time and that life will always get in the way if you let it. Realize that the perfect time is NOW! Start by doing one thing that you’ve been putting off and build from there. I always say, “Start your day by doing first what you want to do least”. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels to get it out of the way.
6- Don't Forget to Have Fun
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Following your plan and sticking to your goals is commendable. Becoming a control freak is not. Balance your schedule, responsibilities, family, fitness etc. accordingly. Don’t be afraid to make a change to your day if it’s to have a little fun. It’s ok to break your own rules…Of course, only in moderation. Keep your life balanced, not isolated.
7-Keep Things in Perspective
Everyone has their problems: a difficult boss, kids, relationships, and money or car problems. Some things require more attention and some less, but the secret to maintaining the peace in your world is to keep things in perspective, finding balance. Will it matter in a day a week a year from now? If not, then move on and refocus on something more positive or productive. If it is a big deal and will matter, don't just bury it. Find a solution or a course of action to handle the challenge. One step at a time and remember, Nothing can make you stressed, angry, or unmotivated, unless you give it permission.
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Meredith Nixon is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for motivating and inspiring others.
She uses her personal experiences from achieving her own weight loss goals to understand her clients and motivate them to love themselves and to be happy, healthy and fit. She teaches people how to live a healthy lifestyle and keep weight off forever with life changing results both inside and out.
Since 2007 Meredith has been the sole proprietor of her own health clubs. The Fitness Company for Women in Mashpee, The Fitness Company (coed) in East Falmouth , and most recently, FitCo Weight loss & Wellness Center of Cape Cod.