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HOW TO LEAD A
BALANCED LIFE
Balance. It can be a tricky
thing to find. On the
one hand, it can seem
liberating-making sure
to fit more personal and
family time into the week
or indulging in a great meal
here or there sounds great.
For some, it can feel limiting.
Sacrificing a cheeseburger
for a salad doesn't always
sound like the most fun thing
to do.

Set manageable goals.
For example, if you need to get more sleep, try turning off the TV or
your electronic device a half hour early so you can go to sleep and
get up earlier. Getting up earlier can give you more time in the day to
tackle more things, which can free up time for self-care.

UCHealth Internist Dr. Simran
Grover shares some tips on
how to strike a balance, on
our plates and in our lives.

See your doctor.
Health is an important part of creating a happy, balanced life. Make
sure to schedule regular doctor visits for yourself, and not just your
children or other people in your family. Seeing your primary care
doctor regularly can help prevent health problems from developing
or getting worse.

You may wonder, what does "balance" mean in practice? Not
surprisingly, a balanced life looks different for everyone. But the
repercussions of not balancing your life look similar for most people:
stress.
Studies show that moderate stress is healthy for you. This type
of stress is called eustress. When your stress levels tip over from
eustress to distress, it can jeopardize your health. Too much stress in
your life can lead to heart disease, respiratory problems, accidental
injuries and even suicide. In other words, living a balanced life is
integral to optimal health.
Dr. Grover describes the concept of balance as an octopus. "You
put you in the center. Then you have all these tentacles that would
include work life, family life, friends and a support system, hobbies,
medical problems, and then exercise, sleep and meals. A balanced
life cannot be successful or healthy if any one of these aspects is off,"
she says.
The Practice of Balance
Practice is a good word when it comes to living a balanced life
because it takes time and practice to get there. You don't have to
address all parts of your life at once. Grover says the first step to
creating a balanced life is to reflect on the important things and take
note of which aspects need attention. Is it that you're not getting
enough sleep? Has it been a while since you've seen a doctor? The
next steps toward creating a balanced life include:

Set boundaries between work life and family life.
"A big problem with lots of people is that work consumes them,
and they don't have time for these other things," explains Grover.
Scheduling a date night with your spouse to check out a new
restaurant or taking your family to a film festival can help make sure
your family life gets equal billing with your work life.

Take care of yourself.
You can't take care of your family or focus on your work if you're
burnt out and rundown. Do something just for you if not daily then
several times a week whether it's taking a yoga class, going for a
walk or just sleeping in.
Indulge, in moderation.
If binge-watching your favorite TV show gives you pleasure, then
indulge for a day - or two. But balance that indulgence with
reading, visiting a friend or exercise. Watching TV for hours every
day is not a balanced way of consuming media and may leave you
with little time to address other important parts of your life. If you
love cheesecake, for example, by all means, have a slice now and
then, but try to go for a walk after your meal or indulge your sweet
tooth next time with berries.
So, whether you're heading out to enjoy something delicious at
Longmont Restaurant Week or finding yourself knee-deep in a big
project at work, remember to find your own balance. Don't guilt
yourself over the delicious plate in front of you. Remember to take
breaks during your work sessions.
Find your balance, and you'll find yourself happier and healthier, no
matter what you're doing.
Story by:
UCHealth


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