Balance

To be well is a state of stable physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Balancing everyday demands between work and personal life can be challenging and create unwanted stress. Chronic stress can have a serious effect on mental and physical well-being if not managed. Follow these tips to help balance your life, reduce stress and stay healthy.

Tips for practicing balance

  • Plan and incorporate downtime into your busy schedule.
  • Rethink activities, errands and people that exhaust you.
  • Get enough sleep. (Adults need 7 to 9 hours per night.)
  • Set your priorities and goals.
  • Practice relaxation exercises.
  • Manage your time and limit multitasking.
  • Schedule one thing you enjoy everyday.
  • Incorporate physical activity into your schedule.

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Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness can impact the overall wellness of an individual by affecting relationships, the ability to handle conflict and the ability to practice stress management.

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Sleep

Sleep plays an important role in both your emotional and physical well-being. If you are not getting adequate sleep on a regular basis you may see decreases in the quality of your mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety. 

Tips for Healthy Sleep:

  • Stick to a schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. 
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
  • Avoid naps during the day, especially in the afternoon.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Evaluate your room. An ideal sleep environment is between 60-67 degrees with no light, noise or distractions.
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Manage your circadian rhythms. Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning.
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals in the evening.
  • Wind down. Spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity, such as reading.

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Healthy Work Habits

Many adults spend the majority of their waking hours at work. For this reason, it is crucial to develop and practice healthy work habits that will positively impact your daily well-being. 

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Stress Management

Stress is your body's response to demands. Learning how to recognize and cope with negative stress in your life can have an impact on your overall health. 

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