Tips and Tools for Healthy Living
Finding Balance in a Demanding World
What is a healthy balance?
Why is it crucial?
The Benefits of Balance are seen in The Wheel of Life (a popular coaching tool), a visual representation of balance across various life areas, by Zimmerman & Puchalski.
The Impact of Imbalance brings increased stress levels, burnout, reduced creativity & productivity and physical and emotional toll
Pillar 1 – Healthy Emotions
Understanding emotional health through mindfulness, journaling, and emotional check-ins.
“Emotions can get in the way or get you on the way.” Mavis Mazhura
Try Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions, a visual representation of primary, secondary, and tertiary emotions.
Try apps like Headspace, Calm, and Insight Timer and deep breathing exercises and grounding techniques, with an emphasis on short, daily practices.
The STOP Method (Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, Proceed) helps in pausing and reframing responses.
Pillar 2 – Balanced Thinking
Challenge overworking and overthinking using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) basics, reframing your thoughts and setting boundaries.
The Thoughts, Feelings, Behaviours Triangle, demonstrates the interconnectedness of our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Remember that your thoughts shape your reality.
Pillar 3 – Physical Health
The body-mind connection is vital and you should attend to the basics: Sleep, nutrition, and physical activity.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha
The Sleep Cycle explains the stages of sleep and their importance, as well as the importance of deep REM sleep.
Fitness apps you can try include MyFitnessPal, 7 Minute Workout.
Emphasis on quick workouts and stretching during breaks from work.
The Five Components of Fitness: Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscle Strength, Muscle Endurance, Flexibility, Body Composition.
Pillar 4 – Wellbeing
The importance of downtime and leisure can be complimented by techniques such as digital detox, hobbies, and good time management.
Try the PERMA Model for Well-being: Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment).
Start with small, actionable steps, consistency over intensity and personalise your approach.
Build A Great Morning Habit – SIMPLE
Stretch, Intention, Meditation, Protection, Life Map, Energy
Top Tips for Healthy Living:
The interconnectedness of all pillars.
Self-compassion: It’s okay to seek help.
Prioritise your health and wellbeing.
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