How to be Disciplined with Health While Incorporating Balance

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The very word ‘discipline’ evokes images of rigid strictness -- but the fact remains that we all must be disciplined when it comes to caring for our health. Discipline can still exist with balance, and finding that sweet spot is a unique journey for each of us. So, how does one manage to learn to be disciplined with their health while bringing in that fun to balance it out throughout all areas of life? These simple tips can be all it takes to add that discipline and balance collectively in your life.

Set goals for both short- and long-term

Whether your goal is to eat healthier, exercise more, or sleep better -- you should focus on both the short- and long-term aspects of your goals. Set mini- goals for each that can be completed quickly, which will lead you to those long-term goals faster. Each one you accomplish will motivate you to keep going toward your end goal, creating momentum and excitement along the way.

Balance out negativity in foods

Instead of making yourself crazy about counting every single calorie you eat, be mindful about the not-so-good things you eat. Set a limit on how much alcohol, sugar, and caffeine to consume each week. By being less rigid yet still disciplined, it will be much easier to stay on target for a healthier lifestyle than always telling yourself ‘no.’ Feeling restricted can be so frustrating, so having boundaries is a great way to enjoy the benefits of discipline while still having balance.

Optimize your space

Clutter can increase our anxiety and make us feel all-around unwell. Take the time to clean things up and organize them. You’ll feel more productive and discover a sense of calmness.

Spend more time outdoors

How’s the weather today? If it’s beautiful, take a moment to go appreciate the fresh air. Being surrounded by nature is good for the mind, body, and soul. Don’t let a good day go to waste. Even if you’re stuck at your desk, take 5 and walk around the building outside. It will do wonders for your spirit.

Set limits on technology

We all love our smartphones, movies, shows, and video games. But being too drawn to them forces us to miss connections in reality. Instead, limit your time to these things so you can incorporate a healthier balance.

Laugh together

Ever notice how genuinely fulfilling it is when you spend time with people you adore face-to-face? Those real laughs are the stuff life is made of. Get together with people that make you feel whole, and you’ll find your overall quality of life improves.

Try something new

We all get stuck in that rut from time to time, which is why it can be scary to try something new. Find something that’s good for you to jump into, like a barre class, a new sport, or even a new healthy food. Just go for it!

It’s a fine line we walk on the road of discipline for our health. Remember, good health combines nutrition, physical exercise, and mental wellness. Treat yourself to a balance of these good things to discover how much better you’ll feel.

Jodi Weaver