Tips on Finding Balance in Life



  1. Start Walking Every day:  Walking is the simplest way to start and continue a fitness journey.  Walking costs nothing to get started,  is easy and safe.  Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefit and is is one of the most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.
  2. Think About What You Loved to Do as a Kid:  Did you dance, bike, or hike? This is a good place to start when looking for a new exercise routine.
  3. What is Your Personality Type:  If you are a quiet person who likes a lot of alone time, consider buying a small trampoline or a set of hand weights so you can move in the comfort of your home.  • If you like being around groups of people, you can find team sports like baseball or volleyball, which have the added benefit of human interaction and fun competition. • You can also find a blend of the two by taking a group fitness class like Pilates, karate, or dance.
  4. When do You Feel Most Energetic:  Just as some people think more clearly in the morning and others think more clearly at night, some people prefer to exercise first thing in the morning, while others prefer to exercise later in the day. There’s no right or wrong; it’s simply a matter of personal preference.
  5. Think About Convenience and Comfort Level:  Look for a gym or yoga studio near your home or on the way to the office where you can work out. It’s important to find a location that’s convenient, and where the atmosphere is pleasant, comfortable, and welcoming. This will enhance your chances of going regularly.

And remember, physical activity can take simple and modest forms, like getting of the subway or bus one stop earlier and walking to your destination. It can be taking the stairs, instead of the elevator, to your ofce or apartment. It can be taking your dog for a walk or your children to the park. A 30-minute brisk walk every day may be all you need to keep yourself in shape. Be experimental and find a routine you can nourish yourself with on a daily basis. What will get you moving?

  1. Make time for quiet contemplation:  A lot of being spiritual is about being in tune with yourself – without all the distractions of every day life. That’s why it’s so important to take 10 – 15 minutes of quiet contemplation every day. For many people, these minutes are dedicated to praying to a higher power. But they don’t have to be! Other possibilities include reflection, meditation, journaling, yoga, or merely eating more mindfully.
  2. Serve others:  One of the easiest ways to develop spiritually is to serve others. By helping others feel good, you’ll also feel good – it’s an emotion that can’t be beat. While monetary donations are great, they don’t affect your spiritual development. You can get the most benefits with volunteering your time or services, or perform a Random Act of Kindness.
  3. Align with other like-minded souls: You are the company you keep. This can be difficult when you're beginning on the spiritual path because your current friends, and especially family, may not understand what you're up to. Then you may start to doubt or question the changes you are feeling. This is where the yoga studio or meditation group friends become your new circle. They've either been there already or are going through it. Connect with them. You'll need a mentor and tribe to guide you through the journey.
  4. Spend Time With Nature:  The secrets of life are embedded in nature. If you want to increase your spiritual awareness so that you can understand what life is, you need to study nature and learn how to live in harmony with it. As your connection to nature strengthens, your spiritual awareness will also increase. The reason for this is because when you become more aware of your natural environment, you start to see why things occur the way they do. This awareness can help you understand who you are and why you are here.
  5. Forgive yourself:   We all fall into traps of selfishness and delusions when we least expect it. The chance remark that wounds, the careless lie, and the irresistible urge to cheat are universal. Forgive yourself for being where you are. Apply the same dictum to yourself that you apply to others: I am doing the best that I can from my own level of consciousness. I like one spiritual master’s definition of the perfect disciple: “One who is always stumbling but never falls.

Spiritual growth is the birthright of everyone. It is the key to a life of happiness and peace of mind, and the manifesting the enormous power of the inner spirit.  This spirit is equally present within the most material person, and within the most spiritual person. The level of the manifestation of spirituality is dependent on how much the inner spirit is close to the surface, and on how much it is hidden by our thoughts, beliefs and negative habits.

  1. Get plenty of sleep:  If you’re having trouble sleeping try cutting out stimulants such as alcohol or caffeine, especially in the hours directly before you go to bed.Watching TV or using a laptop or tablet directly before going to sleep has also been shown to disrupt sleep. Trying reading a book or listening to some music before bed instead – you might find it easier to drop off. Putting a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow at night has also been shown to have relaxing effects.
  2. Drink more water. Your body is 90 percent water and needs water for almost every function.  Many of the aches and pains, headaches, and other symptoms we experience would lessen if we just drank more water.  We should all be drinking around eight glasses of water a day. It will greatly enhance your digestion‚ nutrient absorption‚ skin hydration and detoxification — as well as many other aspects of your health. Try to have a glass or bottle of water with you all the time – slipping water throughout the day is the easiest way to get the required amount.
  3. Eat 2 or 3 pieces or servings of fruit: (count ½ cup of fruit like grapes, blueberries, cherries, etc. as a serving). Fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit are a great source of vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system. Also, citrus fruits and bananas are a good source of potassium which can help to regulate blood pressure. If you struggle to eat lots of fruit each day try to find creative ways to include it in your diet – like making homemade smoothies or having fruit salads as a dessert.
  4. Eat a large salad. I’m frequently told by someone who is making excuses for his/her bad diet that eating healthy is expensive. Nonsense. Some of the best superfoods are cheap and readily available in the form of salad greens. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll (gives plants their green color and boosts our blood health), enzymes (that improve digestion and increase energy), and many phytonutrients.
  5. Eliminate at least one item from your life that contains toxic chemicals (all commercially-available dryer sheets, almost every type of commercial laundry soap sold in grocery stores, dish soap, “air fresheners,” etc.) For essential items, choose a natural option instead.
  6. Don’t skip breakfast Your body needs good quality fuel to wake up your metabolism so always tuck into a good breakfast. It means you will burn more calories throughout the day and it also prevents you from getting that lull in the morning when your body is running on empty. Having a filling breakfast that will provide lots of energy will set you up well for the day. Maybe porridge or a poached egg with avocado or smoked salmon.

You don’t have to overhaul your entire life to start living healthier. You can begin one minute from now, with these easy health tips.  It can feel overwhelming, expensive and frustrating sometimes when there are health changes you want to make but they are out of your current budget. The great news is that even in this case, sometimes the best things (for your health) are free after all… most of us just tend to neglect them.

  1. Clear Communication With Your Partner:  Communication is the cornerstone of every strong relationship. You will not always agree with your partner, but if you have a foundation of respect and clear communication it will be much easier to resolve any conflicts that arise. 
  2. Practice acknowledging when your partner goes beyond the call of duty, even for little things, like doing that chore you hate to do. Speak honestly about any actions that make you feel hurt, stressed, guilty, or bad in any way, but avoid blaming, shaming, or isolating your partner. Listen to one another and have a productive conversation.
  3. Speak honestly about any actions that make you feel hurt, stressed, guilty, or bad in any way, but avoid blaming, shaming, or isolating your partner. Listen to one another and have a productive conversation.
  4. Accept and celebrate differences. One of the biggest challenges we experience in relationships is that we are all different. We can perceive the world in many ways. Certainly a stumbling block that we come across when we try to build relationships is a desire or an expectation that people will think like we do and, in this way, it is so much easier to create a rapport. We feel more comfortable when we feel that people “get” us and can see our point of view. Life, however, would be very dull if we were all the same and, while we may find it initially easier, the novelty of sameness soon would wear off. So accepting and celebrating that we are all different is a great starting point.

Creating an intimate and long-lasting relationship takes work. If having an intimate partner is a high priority for you, you can begin to build the foundation by considering the above questions and answering them for yourself. What are your needs? How can you put aside time every week to actively listen, without judgement, to your partner?

  1. All rooms are important: Even those that are overlooked or unattended. Whether it's a space you haven't finished decorating or the family catchall, it often feels easier to close the door on these rooms and deal with them another day. Unfortunately, they weigh on your unconscious and zap your energy—they are essentially a task left undone. Create home harmony by making each space in your home inspired.
  2. Conquer Clutter: Clutter produces physical and unconscious chaos. Not only can it leave you scrambling to find the keys as you are racing out the door but it can weigh on you even when you are sitting at your desk 20 miles away. Put a plan in place. Whether it's ready to burst from behind closet doors or it's those piles of paper on the dining room table, it is time to tackle the tasks and tame the tension it creates.
  3. Your five senses need to be happy: The first thing you want to consider is to make sure all your five senses are happy in your home. Some examples would be pleasant smell in the house like the smell of homemade cooking or lavender oils, a nice sound level where people speak with a moderate tone of voice rather than yelling, a happy and relaxing music, water fountain, plants, fresh flowers, clean house, calm and playful pets, etc.
  4. Color does affect the mood: Make sure the color of the house represent the mood you want to have. For example, for every 10 cold colors used, use one to two warm colors. Remember, cold is a color closer to blue and green and warm is a color closer to red. And you can use as much neutral color as you want. White is a great color since it has all the colors in it but too much white can be overwhelming. Therefore, use different colors in moderation and learn about color therapy and how color effects your mood.
  5. Start Single-Tasking  If you’re like me, your to-do list is pretty out of control. It can be really hard not to try to accomplish 20 things at the same time, but that kind of multi-tasking makes for an over-full brain and a crazy mom. Set the to-do list aside, turn your phone off, and be present. Participate in some serious single-tasking. Don’t think about the chores or the errands. Just do one thing at a time for a while. Start small. Stay focused and present for 15 minutes at first, build up to 30 minutes, an hour. 
  6. Dinner time should be fun time: While eating, make sure you keep the tone of voice down and the atmosphere relaxing and happy. Dinner time is not a time to argue and bring conflicts out for discussion. Dinner time is a peaceful and happy time.

There are specific things you can do to train your brain to be happier, when you’re happy, your surrounding will start picking up on that and will respond to it. Things like meditation, having gratitude, keeping a self affirmation dialogue, clear and honest but positive communication, having fun routines, being flexible, being tolerant, having a few healthy activities like dancing and exercise are just some of the ways you can implement to make yourself a happier person and to encourage others in your house to do the same.

  1. Invite friends over to your house. This is a great, low-key way to practice your social skills in a location that you feel comfortable. You can control the number of people, the activities, and the amount of time you are hanging out. If you are especially shy or have trouble initiating conversations in a group, practicing at home is a great way to improve your sociability.
    • Have a dinner party or invite a person to eat with you at lunch.
    • Host a sport or TV watch party, allowing you to tune into the TV if there is a lull in the conversation.
  2. Maintain your current relationships and friendships. Most relationships only get better with time and age, but they take some work to maintain. This helps you realize what is important to you in a friendship and the types of conversations you enjoy having. These skills will transfer over to your new friendships as well, and your old friends are often the ones who introduce you to new friendships.
    • Talk to your friends once a week or month.
    • Keep making plans with old friends.
  3. Go places that you feel comfortable. You don't have to go to a super fancy restaurant if it's not your style. This can lead to shyness and a difficulty fitting in with nearby people. You must go places where you feel good, as it will be easier to find similar people to be friends.
    • Love outdoor adventure? Head to your local rock wall and ask for a belay partner to make an instant connection.
    • Love music and concerts? Read your local newspaper for live music venues and check out a concert
    • Love art and culture? Go to small art galleries or shows in your area and ask the artists about their work, or other people's opinions on the show.
  4. Check out local meet-ups for people with similar hobbies. Ask around town about craft classes, book clubs, and discussion groups that fit your interests. Many newspapers and online town blogs have exhaustive schedules of common meeting places, and new websites like Yelp and Meet-up are social media sites that aggregate meetings by interest or hobby.
  5. Join a recreational league or team to meet other people. Contact your local Parks & Rec department and ask about adult and children sports leagues. Most departments have teams made up of similar people looking to make friends, so don't worry about joining without a team of strangers -- you won't be the only one.
    • There are also a variety of single sports, like tennis and bowling leagues, that fit any person's hobbies.
  6. Go volunteering. Volunteering is a great, low-key way to meet people from all walks of life. You have a natural conversation topic in the work you're doing, and you can keep coming back to the same sites to know people better. There is no commitment, and you can show up as often as you'd like.[10]
    • Check out the SPCA, Red Cross, and American Cancer Society in your area, as most counties have at least one of these offices with volunteer opportunities.

It’s you with not only your words but you with your voice tonality and body language – which some say is over 90% of communication – on the same wavelength as your words. It’s you coming through on all channels of communication.  Being your genuine self – the one where you build bridges and are open and giving – will give you better results and more satisfaction in your day to day life because you are in alignment with yourself. And because people really like genuineness.

  1. Sign up for professional development. Be strategic about the skills you want to develop and take time to create an educational calendar for the upcoming year. Look internally and research online courses externally, too. Check out industry conferences and professional organizations to attend—dates, locations and costs, then ask for approvals. In addition, identify organizations where you’d like to speak and make your mark as a thought leader or industry expert.
  2. Your education should be approached like a business investment.  Although it takes time and money up front to complete your courses and obtain a degree, you will see an excellent return on investment that will continue to give back throughout your entire career.
  3. Take an online course:. The first thing you need to realize is that online courses are not an easier way to learn, but rather a more convenient one. To successfully learn online, you need to dedicate a significant amount of your time, consistently attend the program, be concentrated while studying, and fully commit to your learning process, just as you would do for a regular course. You should also have in mind that when you take an online course, you may be expected to:
  4. Read Challenging Books.   Many people like to read popular suspense fiction, but generally these books aren’t mentally stimulating. If you want to improve your thinking and writing ability you should read books that make you focus. Reading a classic novel can change your view of the world and will make you think in more precise, elegant English. Don’t be afraid to look up a word if you don’t know it, and don’t be afraid of dense passages. Take your time, re-read when necessary, and you’ll soon grow accustomed to the author’s style.

Your brain needs exercise just like a muscle. If you use it often and in the right ways, you will become a more skilled thinker and increase your ability to focus. The challenge is having the will to adhere to them. If you succeed in following thesetips, you’ll be rewarded with increased mental acuity and retention of knowledge.

  1.  Increase Your Savings Rate.  There are several ways to accomplish this goal. If you aren’t contributing the maximum amount to your company-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), then simply increase your percentage contribution to the plan. For those that are already maxing out their company-sponsored retirement plan, perhaps you could contribute to an IRA or Roth IRAIf you are already filling your retirement buckets to the max, then start making regular contributions to a taxable savings account. Maybe it is an investment account or maybe you could pad your cash in your emergency fund. However you accomplish it, increasing your savings will boost your net worth and improve your overall financial health.
  2. Track Your Spending  Understanding your average monthly or annual spending makes it easier to successfully plan for your financial goals. For example, planning for the retirement goal of “maintaining your current lifestyle without running out of money” can’t accurately be done unless you have a handle on what your current lifestyle costs on a monthly or annual basis.  There are many free or low-cost options for tracking expenses, so try a few out to see which works best for you.
  3. Pay yourself first  Most people pay their bills first, then spend, and save, whatever is left over. Many of those people never achieve significant financial security. Counterintuitive as it seems, many have found the ‘pay yourself first’ method is the road to wealth. When money comes in, set aside a certain amount for personal spending and, ideally, saving first. Only then start dealing with other outgoings.
  4. Setup an Emergency Fund  Even if you’re not much of a saver, you should have enough money stashed away to cover your living expenses for at least three months. You may never have to draw on this money but knowing you have some breathing space, should calamity strike, provides priceless peace of mind. Plus, if something does go wrong you won’t have to immediately resort to maxing out credit cards or taking out emergency loans with punishing interest rates. 
  5. Cut high-interest debt  If you have existing loans with high rates, consider consolidating the debt into a single lower-rate loan. More of your monthly payment can then go toward lowering the balance. If you carry balances on high-interest credit cards, think about making a balance transfer to a card that offers a promotional 0% APR.  Look for a card that doesn’t charge a balance transfer fee, and aim to pay down the debt by the time the promotional period ends.
  6. Get a side hustle.  If you need to increase the “income” column in your budget, consider applying for a part-time job, or become one of the millions who freelance.  Start by identifying an interest or hobby you have that others are willing to pay for, such as photography, marketing or tutoring skills. Then spread the word that you’re looking for work.  You could soon have a nice new income stream in the new year.Make a
  7. Plan to Conquer Your Debt  It can be overwhelming to think about paying off college, medical bills, or credit card balances that spiraled out of control. But you don’t have to go it alone. There’s lots of advice (and inspirational stories) out there—just be leery of anything that sounds too good to be true.  If you need help getting out of debt, you can ask your bank or credit union for recommendations. If you’re looking for assistance on your mortgage, contact an FHA certified HUD counselor for free advice.

Financial concerns are a regular source of anxiety, which is understandable given the uncertainties of today’s economy. It’s important to remember that worry doesn’t solve much, but answering the question of how to overcome financial problems does.  The monetary benefits of dealing with financial problems—saving more, paying down expensive debt—will improve not just your bottom line but your overall mood as well. The less you worry about dealing with finances and money issues, the more you can enjoy life.  Money might not be the most important thing in life, but it most certainly makes the world go round. And, although it’s not the be-all and end-all for happiness, it’s something that most people closely tie to their overall quality of life. And, if your finances have been a source of contention for you, then you’re not alone.

    • Make a list of your inherent strengths and interests, and how they could translate to an inspiring career – get creative!
    • Research the career options you’ve narrowed down. Gather information about the paths you’re considering and how they could influence and shape your long-term goals.
    • Reach out to professionals working in your field – people who can give you information, support, and/or guidance.
    • Join professional organizations or attend social events to create authentic connections and make yourself visible as an expert in your field.
    • Contact prospective employers to learn about potential career opportunities. Be professional and enthusiastic, and remember that even if a company isn’t hiring, it’s never a bad idea to pass your resume along.
    • Be patient – finding a new career that you love may take time, and you might try a few different positions before finding an ideal fit.
    • Request to work on projects that interest you. Express the areas you’re passionate about to your employer or supervisor – it’s often the same area you’ll produce the best results in!
    • Surround yourself with peers and colleagues who support your work.
    • Accept constructive feedback and work towards improving your weak points.
    • Stay motivated by giving yourself small rewards for accomplishing goals
    • Make your office environment more attractive – add fresh flowers to your desk, invest in a comfortable chair, hang up motivating
      quotes and pictures.
    • If it’s time to transition to another position or company, make sure you continue doing work you love. Seek fresh opportunities that
      satisfy your desires, and always maintain business relationships with previous employers.
  3. Learn something new every day.  The secret of success is to try to always improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position is. Learn all you can. In business, miracles do not simply happen. Rather, success is the culmination of excessive learning and leveraging that knowledge to set firm goals then seeing those proposed accomplishments through to the end.In addition to getting better at what you know, it's important to understand the things you don't. For instance, if you are a web content writer and aren't grasping why account services keeps pushing for more social content, ask them. Get the inside scoop on what the client is looking for. Not only will it help you deliver more targeted work in the next round, but it also can help you better understand the needs of future clients.
  4. Become indispensable  Did you hear through the office grapevine that your boss is looking for a writer who is familiar with video game culture? Offer to take up the task. When you can do something that no one else on the team can, like coding or optimizing content for the Web, you have an undeniable advantage, which helps to keep your position in tact. The more of these "added benefits" you can master, the more valuable you become as an employee. The bottom line is if you want to get ahead in your career, you have to be willing to continually learn, adapt and improve.
  5. Maintain a good work-life balance This one is a little harder because it's not always in your control. However, a healthy work-life balance can make all the difference between a good career and a great one. Sure, you could stay an extra hour at the office and churn out work that isn't due until tomorrow night. Or you could spend it with your family, get plenty of sleep and produce even better work the next morning.  Too many of us have come to believe that "the brass" favor workaholics. However, I've come to find that many managers prefer individuals who keep work in check because employees who enjoy a life outside the office are often happier and more creative.

Many people spend days, weeks, months, years, and even decades in careers that are diametrically opposed to who they are as spiritual beings. It’s incredibly important to find alignment in your career, spirituality, health, and relationships, so you can live your purpose and be happy. It’s all about finding work you love, or learning to love the work you do. You don’t have to leave your 9-5 job in order to explore other career paths – there are always ways to find gratification.