Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Importance of finding that perfect balance.

When I hear the words “perfect balance” my mind is flooded with a variety of different imagery. I imagine tranquil people, glowing faces, positive vibes, and plates of colourful foods, juices, regular meditation, balanced moods and yoga poses. Unfortunately, that’s not case, its never all sunshine and rainbows and it takes time to become a shiny, truly happy person.
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The question I find myself wanting to ask is… “What are you doing to find that perfect balance?” There is so much available to each and every one of us these days, but we have to WANT to find that balance. We need to reach that stage where we say to ourselves “ I’m going to make a conscious effort to make significant lifestyle changes because I deserve to be a happy, healthy balanced person.”

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We live in a health conscious society, where the majority of us want to see an improvement, whether its training in the gym all the week, making improvements to our diet, meditating to reduce stress and generally just encouraging us to think and to be positive people. For this very reason, I struggle to entertain excuses. For me, there is a cure for everything, there is an answer to everything and anything is achievable if you put your mind to it.

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Tips to find that perfect balance.

1) GET YOUR SWEAT ON – More and more of us are turning to exercise. If you are consistent, you can achieve a healthier, slimmer, toned physique. However, there’s so much more to it… Increased energy levels, improvements to circulation and a real sense of peace, to name a few. Research suggest that 5 x 30 minute sessions per week is more effective than longer sessions which can leave you feeling fatigued the next day.

2) YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT – What you put in your body makes all the difference. Foods can harm or heal. If you’d like to achieve glowing skin, a healthier physique, increased energy levels, better cognitive function and a general well being, then it is time to reassess what your putting in your mouth. It’s simple enough to make healthy swaps. For example, switching milk chocolate for dark chocolate or white carbohydrates for wholemeal. Starting small can make all the difference.

3) MEDITATE – Meditation is said to lower stress, improve relationships, and improve cognitive abilities, greater sense of purpose, greater emotional stability. Aim to put aside 5-10 minutes per day (morning, afternoon or evening) to find somewhere to lay quietly, concentrate on your breathing, count from 1 to 5 and lose yourself, welcome beautiful imagery that will encourage positive thoughts and ignore any negative thoughts.

4) THINK POSITIVE – You are worthy of great things, you deserve to be a happy, healthy individual. In moments of difficulty, go for a wander online and search for positive and inspiring quotes, go outside and reconnect with nature, read something motivational, wear bright colours, laugh for no reason. Just lose yourself in whatever makes you happy.

5) GET THE GLOW – I don’t care if you’re man or mouse. To maintain that healthy glow, keep hydrated, cleanse, tone and moisturise skin daily. Exfoliate once a week. Support from supplements can be handy. To protect the skin, vitamins A, C, E are the most important, it’s always better to try and get them through your diet, but supplementation is also necessary, as its not possible to get it all through our diet.

Serena Marija

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