Today, co-founder of White Zebra, Fiona Caddies, writes for Checks and Spots.
If you haven’t already checked out White Zebra, let me introduce you! This educational lifestyle website is aimed squarely at health enthusiasts who want to deepen and enhance their fitness and wellbeing.
Bringing her signature energy and savvy insights, Fiona shares some really practical tips for creating a balanced lifestyle. But most importantly, she shows us how to feel happier and more positive today – not tomorrow, or some time in the future when you think the stars will be perfectly aligned.
How To Create a Balanced Lifestyle for a Positive Mindset
Everything will be fine once things settle down. It’s just life, you know? It will all calm down eventually. And once the project/deadline/commitment that has been driving you mad is done and dusted with, then you’ll have time for all of the stuff that’s slipped by the wayside.
All of us, at the some point or another, have been caught up in the ‘when x happens, then I’ll kick-start my new fitness regime’. Or when ‘y project is finished, then I’ll have time to do the things I really love’.
But the problem with this mentality is that life never calms down. Not really.
There’s always some deadline/project/loved one demanding attention. And that’s not a bad thing – it’s what makes life such a full-bodied and flavoursome experience!
But if you put too much emphasis on the future and waiting until the stars are aligned perfectly before you do what makes your mind, body and soul happy, your overall wellness will suffer. You’ll miss out on the beauty of everyday life and begin to view work and your responsibilities negatively.
Thankfully, there is a way to balance out your lifestyle so you can feel happier and more positive each day. Here’s how:
1. Schedule in Rest
It might sound odd, scheduling in sleep like you would a conference call or a social date, but the truth is that if we don’t prioritise our sleep our body and mind pay for the mistreatment. Not only are there higher rates of disease and illness associated with poor sleep habits, but getting less than seven hours sleep a night has been linked with increased rates of depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders.
For maximum mindset-boosting benefits, we suggest aiming for between seven to eight hours a night and hitting the sack at 10pm to align with your body’s natural circadian rhythms.
2. Say ‘No’
Take a look at your social calendar or to-do list for the next few weeks. How many of the items on either of these lists fill you with dread? Make you resentful that you have to spend valuable time doing/attending things you really don’t want to? I bet there are a few.
But here’s a truth bomb for you: you don’t need to say yes to everything. Do the things that light you up inside, but – politely – decline unessential extras that leave you feeling drained. Put yourself first.
3. Eat Right
Did you know that your gut is the center of your emotional brain? But when our gut health is disturbed it directly impacts our emotions and how we feel. To keep everything running smoothly, we recommend eating a balanced diet full of veggies and lean protein.
That doesn’t mean you have to skip your beloved treats though – everything in moderation! Listen to your body. It will guide you as to what it needs right now.
4. Embrace the Art of Doing Nothing
When it comes to our health and wellbeing, we can become a little too fixated on the end result rather than the process. Which is why every now and then it’s good to ditch the planning and just go with the flow. Sit outside and watch the clouds pass by. Connect with the silence and intuition inside of yourself. Take away the pressure to be/do/have and just allow yourself to exist. In this moment, everything is perfect.
5. Use Affirmations
And finally, using affirmations such as ‘I am exactly where I am supposed to be, doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing’ can help support and nurture a positive mindset, especially during those times when you’re unable to control your schedule or loosen the reins a little.
Balance is one of those things that is easier said than done but with the right attitude and mindset, you can create a lifestyle that nurtures your mind, body and soul all year around. Enjoy!