How to Find your Balance
As the world reopens, it can be daunting to navigate the new normal and what it means for social outings, making new friends, exploring the world and so much more. Now more than ever, it’s important to focus on your mental health and self-care. Use these tips to learn how to find your balance and keep your cool in our post-pandemic world:
Find Your Center
There are many ways to focus on your mental health, mindfulness being one of them. You may be wondering, what is mindfulness? This integrative, mind-body approach to self-care helps you understand and process your diverse thoughts and feelings. In fact, mindfulness practices have been shown to increase your ability to control your emotions while decreasing stress, anxiety and depression. Not just this, but it can help you focus your attention while observing your true feelings without judgement.
Your Journey is Your Own
Like many paths in life, your journey to mindfulness is uniquely your own. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, one of which being meditation. Whether you’re commuting to the office, enjoying a walk around your community or soaking in the tub after a long day, meditation apps are a great, affordable option to find peace and contentment. Meditation apps let you practice mindfulness anywhere you are and there are a variety of options built for different lifestyles. A few meditation apps include Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer and Aura Health, with most apps offering single-person or group and family meditation options.
Creating a Home of Your Own
Find what brings you peace. Then, surround yourself with just that. Some choose to use Himalayan salt lamps to bring a warm ambiance into their home, others opt to use cozy weighted blankets. In addition to this, the incorporation of scent and sound can positively impact your mental health at home. Visit your local candle shop or use essential oils for scents including lavender, eucalyptus and sandalwood to disperse a calming aroma throughout your home. For sound, consider opting for soothing music instead of television or social media at night. You’ll be surprised what just a few changes can do for your home atmosphere.
Find Your Community
Each person has a different set of interests, ideas and goals. As the world reopens post-pandemic, explore hobbies you’ve picked up over the last year with in-person groups and small events. Facebook Groups, Eventbrite and Ticketmaster are great online resources that help connect you to people who share your interests. By having a community that shares your values, you’re able to have a stronger sense of self and reduced social anxiety.
Wellness is different for everyone. Whether it means listening to a meditation app, going for a walk with your dog or going to the gym with a friend, your journey to self-care is important and valid. Greystar communities are here for you. Find your perfect home, wherever it may be.
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