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7 ways to maintain balance and self care

Maintaining balance and taking care of oneself is essential for a healthy and fulfilling life. However, it is simple to forget to take time for ourselves when faced with the stress and demands of daily life. You come home after a long day at work and all you can do is watch TV with some soda.

Sometimes you can get so exhausted with all the things that are happening in your life, you lose all the motivation to do anything. This can lead to depression or just a lost interest in life or the things you used to enjoy before. In order to help you feel more rooted and in control of your life, let’s go through seven strategies for maintaining balance and self-care.

1. Prioritize Sleep: One of the most crucial aspects of self-care is getting enough sleep. Adequate rest can make a huge difference in your mood, productivity, and overall health. Create a sleep schedule that works for you and stick to it as much as possible. Make sure to get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night to wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

2. Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help us stay present in the moment, reduce stress, and improve our overall well-being. Incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily routine, such as meditation or yoga. Take a few deep breaths throughout the day and check in with yourself to see how you’re feeling.

3. Stay Active: Exercise is another essential aspect of self-care. Regular physical activity can help reduce stress, improve mood, and boost your energy levels. Find an activity that you enjoy, such as walking, running, or dancing, and make it a part of your routine.

4. Eat a Balanced Diet: A healthy diet is vital for maintaining balance and self-care. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins in your diet. Avoid processed foods and excessive amounts of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, as they can negatively affect your energy levels and mood.

5. Connect with Others: Social connection is critical for our well-being. Make time to connect with friends and family, even if it’s just a quick phone call or text message. Join a social group or club that aligns with your interests, or volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about.

6. Practice Gratitude: Gratitude is a powerful practice that can shift our perspective and increase our sense of well-being. Take time each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for, whether it’s the people in your life, a beautiful sunset, or a good meal.

7. Take Time for Yourself: Finally, make sure to take time for yourself each day. Do something that brings you joy, whether it’s reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or going for a walk in nature. Taking time for yourself is not selfish; it’s an essential aspect of self-care.

In conclusion, maintaining balance and self-care is crucial for a healthy and fulfilling life. By incorporating these seven practices into your daily routine, you can improve your well-being, reduce stress, and feel more grounded and centered in your life. Remember to prioritize rest, stay active, eat a balanced diet, connect with others, practice gratitude, and take time for yourself.

It is essential to find time for these activities, they can be your recovery from the long day. Try to replace unhealthy habits with self-care. This will improve not just your physical and mental health, but the way you look at life.

If you would like us to help you work through a difficult time, or want to learn more about our practice, please reach out to our team at: (917) 526-0766, visit our website at: https://applepsychological.com/contact-us or book a FREE consultation call at https://applepsychological.janeapp.com

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL SPACE

So, you did it. After multiple failed attempts at dating, you finally found the one. Life is perfect- love prevails! Everything is all rainbows and butterflies. You are no longer the single friend and now have someone to spend your Friday nights with. Gone are the days you go to company parties alone. No more inquisitions from family members on where your special person is, and absolutely no more cuddling with pillows to go to sleep at night. 

 

Everything is going great, so obviously you take the next big step together: moving in together. You cannot wait. Plans of getting a dog are in the works as you settle into your first apartment together. But then, all of a sudden, you feel trapped. You feel confused, as you do love this person, but why is it getting hard to breathe and have space to think? Is it perhaps the clash of your cute girly things becoming infested with masculine tones and items. Is it perhaps maybe you actually prefer sleeping alone (good thing you planned ahead and got a pull-out couch). Whatever it is, know that these are all normal feelings. From my experience, almost all couples feel this way once moving in together, yet it is barely discussed or brought up. It is seen as negative and almost a taboo topic because it is actually totally realistic and lacks romance.

Living with a partner is completely different than living with roommates. With roommates, there are (usually) separate rooms, shared lists of chores, and a clear distinction between shared and personal spaces. Most of this goes away when you live with a partner. It is the norm to share a bedroom with your partner, so your own personal space disappears. For this reason, many may feel suffocated when first living with a partner. If personal space is not brought up and clearly made distinct, both of you may go on quietly feeling suffocated and eventually may decide to go separate ways. When in reality, this can totally be avoided if the topic is simply brought up and discussed- the sooner the better. 

So what exactly is personal space and why is it so essential? Personal space allows an individual to have a space where they can exist, act, feel, and express exactly how they want to without the presence of other beings, opinions and criticisms. Personal space is essential for each and every individual, as it provides us space to be with our thoughts and just simply be ourselves. If personal space is constantly intruded or does not even exist in a household, it could be significantly harmful to personal and emotional well-being. Personal space has a lot to do with boundaries, another topic that could be difficult for couples to bring up and discuss. However, placing clear boundaries and having clear distinctions of what is considered personal space can easily help a struggling couple. It would give the opportunity for both partners to have a space where the other is not present and they can put themselves first. You can finally take time to do things for YOURSELF and not for your partner or the benefit of the other person. Personal space could give many a chance to practice self-care, a practice that is highly necessary for mental and emotional well-being. 

 

So, next time you feel the walls of your shared space with your partner get smaller and smaller, suggest craving our personal space areas. You might just be surprised at how much improvement you see after a few days!

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If you have any questions about this program, or want to learn more, please reach out to our team at: (917) 526-0766, visit our website at: https://applepsychological.com/contact-us/ or book a FREE consultation call at https://applepsychological.janeapp.com/ 

 

An experienced counselor specializing in Couples Therapy can help.