PERSONAL SELF-CARE


Healthy Balance

Much has been written about the benefits of living a well-balanced life. This healthy balance requires us to consider diet, exercise, work life, family life, leisure time, and more. It goes without saying that a well-balanced lifestyle that addresses as many of these different dimensions as possible enhances one’s sense of well-being. Those who make time for exercise and family, for example, are better able to approach the stress that is a part of everyday living. Finding time to balance one’s life is crucial for self-care. That balance will mean something different to each person. However, the term “balance” is key. Stress can be dramatically increased when people begin focusing solely on one or two things in their life. While admittedly there may be times when one’s “balance” is thrown off due to the time of the year (e.g. holidays) or particular needs at work, it is important to frequently assess one’s life choices in order to determine whether or not changes need to be made.