Monday, April 9, 2012

Balance Life to Avoid Burn-Out!

There isn’t a college student out there who will not say that "life is hectic". With so many paper deadlines, tests, meetings, emails, time needed to hang out with friends and family it’s hard to find time to get it ALL done without burning out.

Not only as a college student, but as with any individual – in order to fulfill all of our multiple roles in life we need to function at our best to get the MOST out of life.

As a graduate student I now have learned a few things along the way. I've learned that I need to focus on things that will help me find and reach balance in my life. I wish I would have known these things in college because it would have made life easier...

Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People talks about the whole person-approach, considering the 4 areas of life: Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit. Over the years I have learned to apply this approach to my own life and it helped me make amazing changes.

For the Body:
  •  Eat well:Start your day right with a healthy, balanced and nutritious breakfast!
  •  Focus on the quality of your food, not quantity of calories. For our body to function efficiently, it needs the right foods, like lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains and legumes. These power foods provide the protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber as well as other essential nutrients. Additionally, healthy (un-processed) foods provide you with so many health benefits to keep your machine (your body) operating at its best, every day.
  • Be Active, Exercise: Get in the habit of moving all the time! Movement increases blood flow in the body and into the brain.  Exercise is such a powerful medicine in many, many ways. For example, you will: 
    • 1) look better and stand taller – a toned and fit physique always boosts one self-esteem and is appealing to people’s eye; 
    • 2) feel happier because exercise releases endorphins (feel good chemicals); 
    • 3) be calmer, think clearer and be more confident;
    • 4) build a stronger immune system and might get sicker less...and so much more!
  • Manage stress: This bullet point just calls for another blog entry (soon to come...). When you eat right and exercise you will sleep better and you will function and perform at your best the following day. Getting quality sleep each night also helps one feel more relaxed and calmer so we can make sound decisions making life easier and s.  Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. 

For the Mind: