By Jordan Younger, The Balanced Blonde
To start the New Year off right, sbe friend and wellness expert Jordan Younger of The Balanced Blonde shared her tips on how to get a healthy, balanced mind and body. Check out her list below, and join us in kicking 2015’s butt!
- Listen to your body! When people are trying to strike a balance from any extreme, they often feel like they are at a loss as to what to do next. The first step is deceivingly simple… listen to your body. If you are craving dark chocolate, then you might need iron or an energy boost. If something you were planning on eating sounds like it’s going to bog you down, don’t eat it. Same goes for exercise. Our body holds so much wisdom.
- Find an exercise you love, and be consistent with it. When you’re doing a physical activity that you truly enjoy, it doesn’t feel like a workout. It feels like play. Being active helps us stay healthier, happier, more limber and more in control of our bodies. No need to overdo it, but if you find what works for you, then chances are you will find it very easy to stick to it and incorporate it into your routine.
- Speaking of consistency, consistency is key! Being consistent helps you develop that super important level of trust with yourself that is so necessary when it comes to living a life of true balance. Consistency also helps you develop a routine, which can be so awesome for people who gravitate toward extremes. Consistency helps draw you back down to your goals and carry out what’s important to you.
- Surround yourself with people you love unconditionally, who raise you up instead of tear you down. It’s so important to have a close community of beautiful souls around us to help celebrate our accomplishments, cheer us up when we’re down and to talk some sense into us when we are talking extreme (unbalanced!) nonsense. And likewise, it feels good to support our friends and reciprocate their amazingness. Having people around us that we truly love and admire makes balance much easier and life a whole lot more fun.
- BREATHE! This is perhaps the most simple, yet the hardest suggestion of them all. Maintaining our breath is significant, and has the wonderful quality of making even the most difficult situation a lot easier to get through. Some people find that yoga and meditation help them get more in tune with their breath work, and others find that vigorous exercise like running, amps up their connection with their breath. Find what works for you, and make it happen! Breathe, breathe, breathe. Oh, and sleep. A lot. Rest is a beautiful thing.