It’s a new year. But is it a new you? Many people have found the transition into 2022 to be a bit of a rough landing. Perhaps it’s due to a busy work schedule, or the continuing changes occurring in the world, or personal challenges in your life that comes from returning back to routine after the holidays. Whatever it is for you, it’s important to find balance in the new year. Let’s explore why, plus how to obtain more rest, calm and balance in your journey.
The Importance of Balance
Every time you face a challenge, experience an obstacle in your proverbial path, or are struggling with something in your life, you’re firing up your central nervous system.
In fact, stressful or anxious moments trigger your nervous system at the same level as real, physical danger. It’s just the way our bodies and minds have evolved to protect us. But in our modern lives, where we’re connected to cable news, social media, and our work emails 24/7/365, it can lead to burnout.
Researchers refer to this as adrenal fatigue, when your nervous system is so taxed and tired that it literally can’t function properly anymore. This can lead to:
- Chronic physical fatigue
- Heightened, chronic levels of stress, anxiety, or other mood disorders
- Poor sleep quality
- A weaker immune system
- Reduced quality of life satisfaction and happiness
The key isn’t to run away and live in a secluded monastery or tropical island (although there’s definitely an allure there). The key is to be conscious about taking a step back and promoting peace and relaxation in your life to counter the triggering effects of our modern lifestyles.
This will restore your nervous system, physical body, mind, and immune system. And speaking of your immune system: Don’t forget to help your immune system to find balance, too. Many people have an imbalance or insufficient levels of thymic proteins. BioPro-Plus 500 contains biologically active purified thymic proteins plus Zinc Gluconate and nano silver solution which help to rebuild your immune system. These thymic proteins are bioidentical to the ones your body naturally creates, making them easily absorbed and assimilated into your body.
How to Create More Balance
1. Be Conscious of Your Nervous System
For example, you might not say you feel stressed or burned out, but you might be holding a lot of tension in your body.
Doing a scan of your body and your thoughts can help you to get a deeper understanding (and appreciation) of how your lifestyle is impacting your mood and wellness. And out of this self-awareness, you have the knowledge to make healthier choices for you, your body, your mind, and your spirit.
- What’s your posture right now? Are you hunched over and tense, or open and relaxed?
- What are your hands doing right now? Are they clenched, or are they open?
- Feel your jaw muscles — do the sides of your head hurt from clenching your jaw all day or all night?
- Scan your thoughts: What are you thinking? What are you worried about? Are your thoughts positive or negative?
- Check your gut — do you feel knots in your stomach?
Then, practice this throughout your day and you’ll start to get a better sense of how your burnout and stress rises and falls depending on the personal stress triggers that are unique to you and your circumstances.
2. Create Literal Space
Once you start to see patterns, make space. This might mean:
- Counting to 30 and doing deep breaths before opening your work email in the morning
- Going for a walk at lunch to clear your mind
- Telling a friend, “I need 5 minutes,” if a conversation is stressing you out
- Returning to a calming ritual, such as meditation or office chair yoga, in moments of heightened stress
The goal here is to literally put a gap between you and whatever it is that’s triggering your nervous system. You might not be able to escape your triggers, but you can actively soothe your mind and body and create more balance.
3. Keep a Healthy Perspective
Balance is all about balancing your perspective. Too often, we get wrapped up in our go-go-go culture or put too much of a priority on how others perceive us, or how we perform on the job, or how busy our kids are with extracurricular activities.
But ask yourself some re-balancing questions:
- How important is this really?
- If I do this or don’t do this, will I care in a week? A month? A year?
- What am I sacrificing in order to do this, and which is more important?
In almost every scenario, the things that are burning us out tend to prove inconsequential in a year or two. It’s why so many people have similar answers in their senior years about their biggest regrets: they chased the wrong thing for too long, and now realize all that stress and effort wasn’t as critical as they initially thought.