A great deal of what happens to our bodies as years go by is determined by our genes, but we can still work on a healthy state of mind and start contributing early to our future wellbeing. Magazines, health websites and forums are packed with tips and tricks for reversing the signs of aging. But if you read between the lines you’ll find out that nothing works better than prevention.
- Build Routines
In your struggle to find balance in life, start with the basics. Don’t skip lunch, don’t postpone dinner, stretch in the morning, exercise every week and sleep more than six hours every night. You might find strict schedules boring, but it will give you more energy to try new things, while it will also keep you in shape long after retirement.
- Be Realistic About Your Job
We tend to prioritize money, benefits and short-term opportunities for advancement but how often do we think about the life-long commitment that our careers demand? You should take time to evaluate your job. Will it still be manageable in your 50’s?
People sometimes indulge in entrepreneurial dreams, but if you don’t start saving up now and getting educated about business, you’d better come up with a more realistic long-term option.
- Learn to Relax
You won’t be able to reach very far without a clear state of mind.Avidly chasing your goals might sometimes get you burned out and it will take long to recover. So use all your vacation days, sleep plenty of time and allow yourself to be lazy sometimes.
It’s better to occasionally skip on the things a perfect parent, spouse or employer is supposed to do, rather than go on with them while you are tired and cranky.
Also, take time to do the things that you love and enjoy life. Even in times of restraint when you think you can’t afford it, you can find coupons or deal on the web and make a short vacation or dinner at the restaurant possible.
- Work on Your Relationships
During your lifetime you’ll get caught up with your job, your marriage, your kids or everyday problems and you will start skipping visits to your parents, gatherings with your friends or even dinners with your neighbors Moreover, you might not feel lonely until trouble and loss knock at your door. So try to keep your loved ones close and your network of connections active if you want to benefit from their support when in need.
- Smarten Up About Finances
Besides relaxing and being kind to others, financial safety is another thing that contributes to a balanced state of mind. Keep track of your income and living costs all the time and try to always spend at least a bit less than you earn in order to contribute to your savings account. Moreover, don’t neglect health coverage or home insurance, these will help you stay financially afloat in case of emergency.
Last, but not the least, once you found your balance, don’t compromise on any of the aspects that helped you reach to it.