6 Activities to Help Create Life Balance

by | Jul 15, 2018 | Personal Development

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life and forget to schedule the time to unwind. Dedicating attention to your own mental health is often a priority that gets pushed to the back burner. Self-care is vital because it allows your body to relax, your brain to recharge and your peace to be renewed. Keep reading to explore 6 activities that can help create balance in your life.

  1. Learn a New Skill

You’re never too old to learn new tricks. Studying a new language, instrument or skill can help you find passion outside of work. Local community centers have a variety of small classes hosted at a discounted rate for residents. Many junior colleges and universities also offer classes, even to those who are not members of a formal degree program. Classes span countless domains and include everything from water sports to money management.

Examples of Skills Classes:

  •     Group fitness (Zumba, Spin, Pilates, Laughter Yoga)
  •     Archery
  •     Guitar Lessons
  •     Parenting Tips
  •     Martial Arts
  •     Authorship Advice
  1. Art Therapy

Even people who hesitate to label themselves as creative can find serenity in relaxation through art. Art is frequently messy and imperfect, which makes it the perfect stress reliever. Art therapy is a popular escape because it comes in so many different forms, making it easy to find a match for your personality. Between performance art (music, theatre, etc.) and visual art (photography, videography, design, fashion, graphic, etc.), you are guaranteed to find something that fits your style.

A Few Artistic Possibilities:

  •     Spoken Word
  •     Watercoloring
  •     Pottery Making
  •    Hand Blown Glass
  •     Karaoke or Karaoke Apps
  •     Dance studios or Improv groups
  1. Garden or Buy Houseplants

Spending time with nature is a soothing way to create quiet moments and reduce stress. The hands-on experience of plunging your hands into damp soil is a welcomed change for people who spend most of their time in front of computers. Many people enjoy the simplicity of returning to nature to help the Earth produce something beautiful (or edible). Below are a few beginner-friendly plants to begin your garden or indoor plant collection.

Easy to Maintain Houseplants:

  •     Aloe
  •     Air Plant (grows without soil)
  •     English Ivy
  •     Pothos
  •     ZZ Plant

Easy-to-Grow Garden Plants:

  •     Lettuce
  •     Tomatoes
  •     Carrots
  •     Sunflowers
  •     Marigolds
  •     Begonias
  1. Get a Pet

Pets have a special way of lifting your spirits in the midst of even the most intense crises. Whether they are offering unconditional love, motivating us to walk the neighborhood, or keeping us occupied with taking care of them, nothing beats the addition of a pet. If you don’t love the traditional route of adopting a dog or cat, check out some less common pets below.

  • Hermit Crabs
  • Corn Snakes
  • Green Anoles
  • Rabbit
  • Ants (Yes! You really can start your own ant colony. Make sure to do your research first to ensure that your little friends have all the essentials they need to survive comfortably.)
  1. Turn Off Your Phone

It’s no secret that being submerged in a digital world can be overstimulating. You know that you should occasionally unplug, but how often do you actually force yourself to do so? Although most people have made scrolling through social media their go-to during leisure time, many would benefit from scheduling time to turn their phones completely off.  

What to do Instead:

  • Enjoy some alone time
  • Meditate
  • Journal
  • Read
  • Scrapbook
  • Write a letter
  • Visit a friend or family member
  1. Clean

Cleaning may sound like a chore, but it can be enjoyable within the right parameters. The key to creating a calming cleaning session is to stick to only organizing or tidying things that don’t have to be cleaned. Necessary cleaning (with a deadline in mind) is undoubtedly stressful. However, the opposite type of cleaning is relaxed cleaning. The act of organizing or rearranging relies on repetitive motions. Those repeated movements allow our minds to zone out and find a place of zen. Find a part of your house that will be ok whether you clean it or not, and make that location your focus area.

Try:

  • Organizing your closet
  • Cleaning the attic or basement
  • Reorganizing your book or DVD shelf
  • Rearranging your furniture
  • Pulling Weeds

Self-care counteracts the effects of stress, allowing our lives to maintain a sense of balance. Managing careers, family, and responsibilities can anxiety-inducinging, but living with those obligations doesn’t need to consume all of your focus. Find an activity that fits your lifestyle, prioritize it, and enjoy the benefits of living a happy, balanced life.