Countering the Impact of Life’s Many Demands with Intentional, Restorative Practices
A life of balance looks different for everyone. For some, completing a hard workout and eating a nourishing meal may be soothing and restorative.
For others, updating a personal budget and meeting up with friends for a night of enriching conversation might be just what the doctor ordered. In this section, we celebrate the many ways through which we can come to centeredness by spotlighting local women who are intentional about cultivating joy and balance through their own unique practices.
One thing I have realized over these past couple of years, especially with quarantine and lockdown, is the direct effect that physical activity has on my mental health. There are so many options for physical activity – discovering one that you enjoy can even allow you to connect with other people you enjoy! Physical activity allows a release for both my body and mind. No matter how tense or overwhelmed I may feel, I always leave a workout feeling much more clear-minded.
The Great Outdoors
On any given day where I may have a bit of free time, I can be found at the park sitting by the river listening to music or enjoying the sound of the water and faint snippets of conversations as people pass by. Making space for alone time in nature and being purposeful about removing distractions during that time, even if for only an hour, has been a game-changer personally!
Lean On Me
When I am feeling unbalanced, I’ve realized that I have a habit of attempting to “fix myself” before spending time with others. I do not want people to see me in a place that is not my best. However, I’ve come to find that spending time pouring into others, sharing about my own life, and hearing about what is going on in their lives really helps me to form a fuller perspective and to pull myself out of my own head. Call up a group of people you enjoy and find time for a get-together. You won’t regret it – laughter can only do the soul good!