Feeling unbalanced lately? You’re not alone. 2020 has brought with it challenge after challenge. Now with school starting up again, you may be pulled in many different directions – your kids need help logging into Zoom, you have a meeting with the sales team in three minutes and your hair isn’t combed, you can’t pick up dinner at McDonald’s for the third night in a row… can you?
While you’re feeling spread incredibly thin right now, there’s still a way to bring balance back into your life. When we can’t control how chaotic our outside world is, we can choose to nourish our mind and body to help prepare us for whatever comes our way. Need ideas for managing stress and finding balance when life is anything but calm? We have a few tips for you.
To manage your stress
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: To cope with the stresses of our current normal, you need to stay mentally and physically healthy. How? Let’s get into it.
Choose functional foods
It’s important to feed your body clean ingredients that help you better regulate stress and bring you back in balance. And with NatureBox’s line of wellness snacks, you don’t have to choose between delicious or nutritious. You can have both.
Distractions abound? Picking a snack or drink with maca in it can help with memory, lower your stress levels, and keep you sane with kids running around your house while you’re writing that email to your boss. Stop sacrificing tasty treats at the expense of feeling good and let our adaptogenic snacks work for you.
Move your body
This requires a little more creativity on your part with quarantine and remote working as the new normal, but it can be fun to mix up your day-to-day with some much-needed movement. Need some ideas?
- Take that conference call to go! Manage that rising cortisol while getting your steps in.
- Get moving before work starts! Take control of your day before it takes control of you.
- Play a fun game with your kid! Moving your body doesn’t have to be so serious.
Think of moving your body for at least 30 minutes a day as “meditation in motion,” especially on the days that doing anything at all seems impossible. It’s a lot easier than telling yourself you “have to exercise.” Motivational? I don’t think so. Find what works for you and then moving!
To help you find balance
A huge misconception about health is that it’s about feeling good all the time. In reality, it’s about bringing your body back into balance. There are many ways you can do this, but here are two ideas we suggest:
Take time for yourself
Have you acknowledged that you can’t be “on” all the time? If not, now’s the time. Taking care of yourself by prioritizing alone time, time for personal hobbies, or just time to relax is no longer optional… it’s mandatory.
When you show up for yourself, you can show up better for others. That balance you crave – being there for your family, friends, and work while ALSO feeling good about yourself and in your body – is possible, but you have to take care of you first.
Build solid boundaries
Whether it’s with a coworker or your child, boundaries are healthy when you’re living and working in close quarters. You won’t get anything done if your kid keeps barging in when you’re working, but on the other hand, your kid won’t feel cared for if you don’t spend any time with them. There’s a balance (pun intended).
The key to finding that balance? Setting solid boundaries that are clearly communicated. And remember that boundaries are about honoring your needs, not about judging other people’s choices. You can do it!