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February 28, 2017
  •  By: Scarlett Foltz

How to live a more balanced, healthier life

It seems the older I get, the more I worry. I used to be so carefree about everything. I recently turned 30 and all of this has changed, as now I tend to worry a lot more about little things. However, I do like the saying “Everything in moderation,” and I have been trying to live by it, as I think it is important to find a balance in life. I have found 3 things that help me to feel less stressed and provide an overall happier and healthier me. I hope they help you as well.

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1. WORKING OUT

This doesn’t have to be pumping iron at the gym or an intense CrossFit program. Any type of physical activity 3-4 days a week works out great. Even if you just go on a long walk in the morning, during your lunch break or after dinner, you will notice you will feel more relaxed.

When I miss out on physical fitness not only does it take a toll on my body but also my mind. I love to go on runs, hike the trails in Austin, play tennis with my boyfriend and also do workout videos from Tone It Up. Even if you only have 15 minutes to spare, you can always find a workout video on Youtube to do at home.

2. COOK MEALS AT HOME

Cooking was never something I enjoyed in high school and college. After college, I moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where I couldn’t land a job and found myself using the extra time to cook.

I quickly found out cooking is extremely therapeutic. Not only is it therapeutic for my mind, but my body toned up and dropped the extra pounds very quickly.

I now cook quite a bit at home and love to do so. I use coconut oil or olive oil, I make lots of chicken breast, fish, veggies, rice and quinoa and go light on the salt. I have about 4-5 go-to meals that I make all the time when I am in a pinch!

3. CONNECT WITH NATURE

It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily routine with waking up, going to work, going to happy hour and going home. Where’s the time for nature?  You have to make time for it. Even if it’s just 30 minutes. You deserve it. I make sure to get into nature as often as possible.

If you live in a city that’s lacking nature try to find a park or relax on a balcony or outdoor space at your home. Read a book, meditate or do some yoga by them.

It all comes down to what works best for you and what makes you feel happy and healthy. I hope these tips helped you out in some way. I really do believe not only our physical health but also our mental health are tied into what we put into our bodies and how we spend our days.

What are you struggling with that makes you feel anxious, sleepy or just blah? What are you planning to do to fix it?

Scarlett is a lifestyle blogger living in the moment. She focuses on mind & body, home décor, travel and a splash of fashion. When Scarlett is not blogging you can find her hiking, cooking, painting, at yoga or snuggling with her Great Pyrenees puppy, Winnie. Follow her on Instagram:@thescarlettsocial

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