Dr. Purvi B. Gandhi

Specializing in Integrative Health & Wellness

Finding Balance

By Dr. Purvi Gandhi
Licensed Psychologist
Copyright © 2012

Ahhh…..the days of summer. Long days and beautiful nights. Vacations and summer barbeques. Toes in the sand and casual Fridays.  Summer can be filled with moments of fun and relaxation. But those moments don’t have to end when summer does.  As summer winds down and the school year starts up, it can be easy to lose the feelings of those easy-going days.  The demands of home, family, and work can cause anyone to feel stressed and not feel balanced in their lives.  Here are a few tips to help keep you centered and a little saner:

  1. Stroll. Yes, stroll.  As in walk slowly.  In other words: Slow Down.  Take time to peruse through aisles and bookshelves.  You may be thinking, “I don’t have time to do my To Do list slowly!”  But it is a matter of changing the way you approach your list. Rather than rushing through the tasks, consider doing them a little slower.  Even taking an extra minute to slow down your pace can reduce your frantic state of mind and improve your mood.
  2. Tea time. In many countries, people take a break in the afternoon to enjoy a nice cup of tea.  This is a wonderful way to break-up the routine of your day and to create a little time for yourself in the middle of the day.  The activity doesn’t have to be limited to drinking a cup of tea or coffee.  Think about stretching at your desk.  Or maybe taking a short walk around the block. Just giving yourself a moment from the task at hand can be rejuvenating.  As little as 5 to 10 minutes can produce the results of a more refreshed outlook on your day.
  3. Burn, baby, burn. You know it.  You’ve heard it before. But do you it?? For yourself? Exercise.  It is an incredible stress reliever and another way to take time out for yourself.  Working out a few times a week…as little as 10 to 20 minutes a day goes a long way.   So, find time to feel the burn and know that you are developing a better you—both physically AND mentally.
  4. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Creating a space that is filled with something that is beautiful to you can elicit a sense of peace and calmness in your world.  Think about adding fresh flowers to a place in your office or home.  Or hanging a painting that makes you feel serene.  Find the things that bring these feelings out in you and then surround yourself with them.
  5. LOL. Laugh out loud.  But this time in person.  Laugh with your friends or family.  Tell a joke.  Find the humor in things.  Laughter is a great way to de-stress the mind and can lighten up a situation.  Use it to help you keep a healthy perspective on your situation and reduce the amount of stress you feel in your daily life.

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