10 Tips to Achieve Physical and Mental Balance

When your day-to-day life is filled with work, tension and bad habits, your physical and mental balance is thrown off. These tips can get you on track.
10 Tips to Achieve Physical and Mental Balance
Nelton Abdon Ramos Rojas

Written and verified by the doctor Nelton Abdon Ramos Rojas.

Last update: 15 December, 2022

When our day-to-day life is filled with work, tensions and bad habits, our physical health is not the only thing that is affected. Our emotional health worsens, too. This is where physical and mental balance come together as part of our overall health.

When we’re not truly healthy, the body manifests that we don’t look after it well or that we live with stress through pain in the:

  • Head, neck and shoulders
  • Back and hips
  • Hands
  • Calves, ankles and feet

For this reason, to avoid getting ill, we must reduce our stress levels. Also, achieving physical and mental balance is a priority.

Maintaining balance and harmony amid all the load of tension we carry and caring for our body and mind is not as hard as it may seem.

In this article, we’ll talk about ten simple pieces of advice to maintain this balance.

1. Healthy food

The first piece of advice to maintain mental balance is to follow a healthy diet.

Overall, a diet should provide your body with the nutrients and proteins it needs to be able to carry out daily activities.

Each person is a world in themselves. And that includes the body. For this reason, i t’s a good idea to consult a nutritionist who can indicate the appropriate diet for you.

Try to include:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Cereals
  • Water

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2. Exercise

women exercising for better mental balance

The second piece of advice to achieve balance is to maintain an exercise routine. Exercise gives you energy and cares for your body.

It’s also a method for:

  • Reducing stress
  • Calming the nerves
  • Giving oxygen to the brain
  • Releasing endorphins

You can exercise at a gym, in a park, at home or in any place where you’re comfortable and wearing suitable clothes.

3. Get enough rest

We’ve all had to stay up late for work or studies.

However, if staying up late and not getting much rest becomes a daily habit, this will worsen your health. It’s important to regularly sleep between seven and eight hours a day.

When we sleep, our brains keep on working and carries out tasks such as:

This way, both the body and the mind rest.

4. Everything in moderation

woman looking at a burger and fries...not good for mental balance

Saying that it’s a good idea to eat fruits and vegetables doesn’t mean that you can never eat sweets or junk food again.

A balanced diet is healthy for the body. However, it’s OK to give in to our cravings now and then. However, everything must be handled in moderation.

These possible cravings include:

  • Sweets
  • Fats
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes

Giving ourselves these little treats can keep us in a good mood and give us energy. So, giving in to cravings now and then won’t throw off your entire physical and mental balance.

5. Enjoy hobbies

Hobbies keep us occupied. They give us fulfillment during our free time. That way, we don’t spend this time on our problems or worries.

This way, we can keep our body and mind active with something we enjoy. This could be:

  • Practicing a sport
  • Playing an instrument
  • Reading
  • Learning a language
  • Drawing
  • Walking in the park

There are many options for hobbies. No matter what, you should always continue learning, doing, and exploring. You may even discover talents that you’ve hidden deep inside.

6. Spend time with people

sad man with his friends supporting him for better mental health

Contact with other people is necessary to maintain mental balance,especially with those we’re closest to.

Being close to family and friends helps release tension. Sharing our problems with them even helps you find solutions and lifts the emotional weight from our shoulders.

If you’re having problems, you don’t always have to solve them on your own. By receiving and accepting help, you can achieve an even better balance between body and mind.

7. Disconnecting from routine

Try to do spontaneous things as much as possible. Choose activities that aren’t set in your routine.

This may not be easy when you’re governed by certain time or money limits. However, whenever possible, step out of your routine.

Whether it’s a short trip or an appointment at the spa for a massage, do something that helps renew your physical and mental energy.

8. Future plans

girl in white sweater celebrating healthy mental balance

Setting goals and small projects will also help you maintain a better balance between body and mind.

This serves as a motivator to move forward from problems. It also gives you trust in yourself and personal satisfaction.

9. Avoid negative thoughts

It’s very important to not to let yourself be dominated by negativity. Everyone has problems; nobody is exempt.

However, this doesn’t mean you need to fill our mind with depressing ideas and self-pity. Remember that there’s a solution to every problem. At the end of every storm, calm always arrives.

Keeping up a positive attitude and sense of humor is very beneficial for your health.If necessary, seek help, whether from family, friends or a psychologist.

10. Listen to and help others

sad girl and consoling friends in the hallway working on mental balance

Finally, our physical and mental balance can also be maintained by helping others.

This will help you feel better in relation to those around you and with yourself. It will also give your mind the energy to help others.

It can even show you that you’re not the only ones facing challenges, and so you’ll see your problems from other perspectives.

These are some of the pieces of advice that can help us stay in physical and mental balance. Overall, you have to make an effort to live your best life, without getting overwhelmed by your problems.

You should believe in yourself, in what you do, and in what you want to do in the future.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.