How is it to live in harmony and balance?

Is it when you’re always in a hurry trying to manage the tasks you’re given at work? Is it when you can’t manage your interpersonal relationship because of the lack of time?

Probably this makes you feel stressed and tired. Insomnia and headaches disturb you more often. The level of dissatisfaction increases. It’s like the domino effect, when one falls for another.

Do you think harmony is a state that only a few can achieve?

Understanding What Causes Dis-balance

Continuous stress without relief or relaxation between life challenges affects the body and mind while these are trying to interact with the intent to promote health.

So to be told, an unhealthy body affects your emotional health and vice versa. You need to maintain the health of your body and mind so that they support each other.

If you want a healthy mind and body, try these 5 practices:

1. Yoga
Yoga improves the awareness of your body. Yoga poses are improving the strength of your body and breathing exercises helps in relaxing your mind. You’ll learn how your body responds to different movements.

This makes you aware of the sensations happening in the body. You’ll read correctly the signals your body sends. Whenever going through challenges like stress and depression you’ll understand what causes these and most important you’ll know what actions to take to treat them.

2. Massages
I love the pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. I feel so much pleasure lying on a massage mat and having my body massaged.

However, we’re looking for more than just relaxation when we visit a massage therapist. We are looking to improve our health.

Massages treat certain health disorders like arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety and many more. It improves the general health of the body and levels it to a stage where it can interact with the mind without bringing damage to each other.

3. Meditation

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” – Buddha

Meditation produces changes in the brain activity in areas of learning and conscious perception. This improves the level of awareness in everything you do.

I’ve noticed that sometimes I can’t control the thoughts that come in and go out of my head. Many of them are negative and not worth my attention. Making meditation a regular habit I’ve been able to clear my thoughts.

Meditation teaches you to filter your thoughts, keep your calmness, reduce stress, improve happiness and peace of mind and discover the purpose of life. You will focus on the right things and ignore the unnecessary ones. Most importantly you will have to learn how to think positive.

4. Exercising
We’d all like to be physically fit, right? Physical exercises help maintain the weight loss, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood and improves your muscle strength and boost your endurance.

Physical activity and exercises make you feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. It brings the body into a healthy state that won’t affect negatively your mind. Your body and mind will interact successfully.

5. Tai Chi
Also known as “meditation in motion”. Tai chi is a series of movements performed slowly where each posture flows into the next without a pause. To achieve a constant flow of the body your mind needs to relax.

Most people think that martial art masters are so fast because their strength. But it’s not true! A fast explosive kick comes from a relaxed body.

Practicing tai chi you will boost your flexibility as well as strength. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched.

Bring Light Into Your Life

Living a balanced and healthy life is not a result to be achieved. It’s a way of life.

Choose one or two of these practices and make them a part of you. It’s like running a few miles in the morning, practicing yoga three days a week, spending time in silence or have massages, relax in a hot bath.

At some point you’ll get tired and bored, but you have to continue.

It’s worth it!