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The Balancing Act of Life

on September 14, 2020

Why?

As summer comes to a close and responsibilities seem to pile up, remembering to take care of yourself and practice healthy habits is more important than ever. 


For students, many are entering a confusing and somewhat overwhelming transition into online classes during these hectic and wild times. For working people, the future is uncertain; whether or not there will be work for them is uncertain and the future is unpredictable.


Not only are there countless issues that seem to need solving (on social and environmental levels), there is the looming cloud of a virus that seems to have no end in sight; and of course the cherry on top, 2020 is an election year.


Although these realities of the present can seem daunting, anxiety inducing, and just plain scary, it is important to always remember to keep yourself as healthy as possible. Keeping yourself charged and maintained will allow you to put more positive and productive energy out into the world bigger than yourself. On top of that, it just feels good. 


At BeSababa we believe that part of health and wellness is making it a priority in your own life so that you are prepared and able to turn more attention back to making the world a better place. 


So without further ado, here are 5 simple steps to keeping yourself a little happier and a little healthier.

 

gratitude and positive mindsets

1. Practicing Gratitude 

Gratitude, a simple word that can do wonders for mental health and happiness; and although it’s a simple concept, practicing it whenever possible is surprisingly easy to forget. 


Research regarding gratitude was done at UC Berkeley and it gives particular insight into the simple benefits of practicing gratitude. 


In the study, three groups of participants (who were receiving mental health counseling) were created and given instructions. One group was told to write letters of gratitude each week for three weeks, the second group was instructed to write about their deep thoughts regarding negative feelings, and the third group did not do any writing activity. 


Maybe unsurprisingly, the brief practicing of gratitude showed positive psychological results and better mental health 4 and 12 weeks after the writing activities were done. 


This is just one of many studies that shows the tried and true results of practicing mindfulness on a consistent and continuous basis. To read more about the study, click here.


Something as easy as writing three things you're grateful for everyday, or just taking 30 seconds before bed every night to think about what you’re grateful for is a good way to stay positive and motivated even when scary and stressful things happen and pile up.


We’d be lying if we claimed that it was possible to stay happy and positive every minute of everyday because life just isn’t that simple. It’s full of hardships and moments where nothing seems right; but just like everything can’t be positive, not everything can be negative. 


Finding a way to see the positive even when it’s not immediately present can be a productive way to stay on top of your mental health and keep good energy alive.

 

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2. Get Moving

Plain and easy. Move. 


Ok maybe not that easy, but staying active and trying to find time on a daily basis (or at least a couple times a week) to move your body and get the blood flowing can do wonders for wellness. 


Physical activity is a HUGE part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for a couple of reasons. One simple one is that it feels good. The likelihood that you spend most of your day sitting isn’t a very far fetched idea. Whether you’re working, in class, eating a meal, or relaxing after a long day, sitting takes up a surprisingly large portion of your time. 


Getting your body moving instead of sitting feels good because it works muscles, joints, and parts of your body that are usually stagnant. On top of that, research shows that sitting for more than 4 hours a day leads to: increased insulin and blood pressure levels, disrupted blood sugar levels, and a number of other issues that can be easier to avoid with physical activity. 


If you want to learn more about this subject, you can check out an entire organization committed to increasing awareness about it here


On top of reducing risk for physical issues, exercise is also shown to have positive effects on the brain and mental health. Exercise has been shown to release endorphins that improve mood and wellbeing. To read more about this, here is the study we referenced. 


No, we’re not saying you have to start training for an ultra-marathon; but, taking a thirty-minute walk around the neighborhood couldn’t hurt.


Finding a physical activity that suits your needs, interests, and range of capabilities is possible for anyone who’s willing to do a little research and exploring. If you want to learn more about this and find out more, BeSababa is here to help, you can send us an email at info@besababa.com and we’d love to chat with you about what’s possible. You can also signup below to stay informed on the subject with our future blog posts. 

 

the power of habits and daily routine

3. Set Simple Goals

Setting simple goals for yourself is an amazing and productive way to take care of yourself and make sure that your personal growth is not stagnant. By setting simple goals, you are creating and manifesting expectations for yourself that give consistent and underlying drive to your daily routine and habits.


One way to set goals is by using the SMART method. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. By using this method you’ve created an easy and customizable template for achieving something in life.


By staying thoughtful and committed to the goals you set, you can set expectations for yourself that are as simple as making your bed in the morning. And although that's a small task, it is one thing done and another goal achieved. That little achievement will feel good and motivate you to conquer the larger and more daunting tasks of the day. 


By creating healthy and consistent goals for yourself, you will be fueling your own fire everyday so that when it comes to the scarier and larger goals, they don’t seem all that bad. You’ll know what you have to do, and even if you don’t you’ll be prepared to start chipping away one step at a time because you know what consistency and commitment bring. 


To read more about the SMART method, here is the article we’ve referenced to explain it.

 

quote about the power of words

4. Find A Mantra

Sometimes the thoughts and words of others can do wonders for your mental state and headspace. Mantras that are fitting to the moment and time can be a good way to stay grounded, centered and focused.


Whether you’re starting a new job and are having a difficult time settling in, or you’re training for some grand and challenging adventure, a mantra that is memorable, relatable, and meaningful to the particular aspect of your life will always bring you back to a strong and motivated mental state. 


By writing that mantra down and keeping it in your pocket, phone, or just committed to memory, you have a tangible concept and idea keeping you centered. 


At BeSababa we believe in the power of words and what they can do for a person. Whether you like the “cheesy” quotes or you’ve committed Shakespeare to memory, words can do wonders for anyone. 


If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to find some mantras, we’ve attached a list of some sites that are the most basic and quick resources we love. 


Code of Living

GoodReads

BrainyQuotes

Pinterest 

 

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5. Eat Clean

We WILL NOT be advocating for or writing about a particular diet. But, the importance of what you put in your body is non-negotiable and has real and lasting effects on physical and mental well being.


Our belief when it comes to diet is simple: food is fuel, so just remember to always fuel your body with the best you can. Feed yourself to feel good and stay feeling good. Don’t forget to drink water and always eat some fruits and vegetables. 


Expecting there to be a diet that fits everyone is unrealistic and unfair, so spend time thinking and learning about yourself so you know what different foods do to you. Trust yourself and what your body tells you. Do your best to create habits that make you feel good and allow you to function with respect to many other parts of your life. 

 

Conclusion

Life is no easy task for anyone. It’s full of confusion, mystery, and challenges that are unavoidable for anyone. We’re here to share our two cents on what we think are little and attainable habits to make it that much easier to navigate the complexities of life. 


BeSababa cares to share what we’re all about and stay focused on what can help you continue to improve your health and wellness. Whether it’s mental, emotional, or physical health, we are here to provide some guidance and answers to the questions you may have.


Stay healthy during these crazy times and feel free to email info@besababa.com with any questions, concerns, or thoughts you may have… we’re all ears
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