6 Tips to Living a Balanced Life

Living in a hectic world such as ours can sometimes get to us. You may feel like you’re completely exhausted nearly all of the time. You work 50 or 60 hours a week, run all over town after work, and by the time you get home, you’re spent. There’s nothing left for your family or your dreams. Nearly everyone has experienced this feeling at some point in their life. What is the key to getting out of this never ending pressure? Living a balanced life is essential for everyone.

One of the most successful business people of all time, Oprah Winfrey, said, ‘I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.’ This may seem simple, but it’s also great advice. This is quite possibly the issue that gives everyone the most trouble. We want to be the most successful business person, have the most friends, have the best family, and still have time to relax.

While you can do many things in your life, the key is to prioritize them. You can’t try to do everything all at the same time. First of all, you must have goals that guide your daily actions. They will help point you in the right direction. If you don’t do something that moves you in the direction of your goal every day, then you’re living your life for someone else. This is not the key to living a balanced life.

Second, you have to prioritize your actions before its time to do them. The night before is a great time to think about what you’d like to accomplish. Every night, write down the six most important things you want to accomplish the next day. Don’t worry about writing 20 things, just six. Put the most important one at the top and work on it until you get done. Then move on to the next one and so on. This will help you achieve balance in your daily activities. It will help you focus on what is really important to you.

In every area of your life, there must be balance. You can’t save all your money and you can’t spend it all. There must be a happy medium that only you know. It’s your job to find this balance. You can’t work all the time, but you must have a job. Go with your instincts in every area. Just remember to maintain balance in every situation.

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The Importance of Breathing for Better Health

Just a few minutes a day of this simple breathing exercise will bring you better health, more energy and longer life!

We all know that the human body can go more than a month without food and several days without water… but how long can we survive without air? Without oxygen, we’d be brain-dead within minutes! Yet most of us take our breathing for granted.

Did you know that the brain uses more than three quarters of the oxygen taken in? Without efficient respiration, the human body becomes oxygen-starved: we become sluggish, unable to concentrate, easily fatigued, and slow to react.

But we can change that by simply improving our respiration. Just five to ten minutes practice of this qigong/chi kung diaphragmatic breathing exercise will do wonders for your mind and body. Here’s how:

  1. Assume a comfortable position, sitting or lying down, or even standing up.
  2. Make sure your back is straight, not ramrod rigid, but straight in a relaxed way: Your shoulders should not be tense but slightly slumped forward, with your chest slightly caved in. Likewise, your chin shouldn’t be thrust forward; instead it should be drawn slightly inward, so that your head is aligned with the rest of your spine.
  3. Inhale fully by pulling down the diaphragm muscle that sits just below the rib cage. This will allow your lungs to expand to its fullest capacity.When you inhale, breathe in slowly and evenly through the nose, visualizing filling your abdomen full of air, as you expand your abdomen outward.

    Sometimes it helps to lie down and put a book on your stomach for visual feedback. Or, if you are sitting or standing, place your hand on your abdomen and feel it expand when you breathe in.

  4. Next, pause a moment before exhaling, again slowly and evenly through your nose. As you breathe out, let your abdomen flatten out. This should be natural, not forced.
  5. Pause for another moment before repeating the cycle again.

And that’s it — a simple breathing exercise that most children do automatically, and adults should always practice to extend their health and longevity. Diaphragmatic respiration is just one of many qigong (a.k.a. chi kung) breathing techniques that can bring you many health benefits:

  • greater mental clarity and alertness;
  • reduces stress, more relaxation
  • more energy and vitality, and less fatigue
  • nourishes, cleanses and detoxifies the body
  • improves concentration, focus, and memory
  • facilitates digestion and elimination
  • better organ function, cardiovascular functions
  • strengthens immune system
  • better circulation
  • aids in cell repair and regeneration
  • improves overall health and well-being
  • promotes anti-aging and longevity

Other breathing techniques can also help with weight reduction, faster reflexes, sleep reduction, pain management, treatments of particular diseases and disorders, such as hypertension, asthma and bronchitis, migraines, heart conditions… and much more.

Feel a headache coming? Just take five minutes to breathe it away! Your headache will begin to diminish in just a few minutes of practicing the 5-step breathing exercise just outlined.

Headaches are usually caused by too much tension. Arteries and capillaries carrying oxygenated blood become constricted and the oxygen-starved brain signals with a headache. When you practice qigong yogic breathing techniques you signal to the brain that it’s time to relax and increase circulation, thereby increasing your oxygen intake.

Short on energy? Easily fatigued or sluggish? Now you can increase your work efficiency in just five minutes of qigong, right at your seat of work. Literally, just take a breather, and you’ll be well rested and ready to work at your fullest capacity in no time!

If you are new to qigong and not accustomed to deep respiration, you may find that your diaphragm and abdominal muscles may feel sore at first. That’s because the muscles are not accustomed to the exercise.

Keep your practice brief, no longer than a few minutes at a time. Then gradually increase until it becomes natural and unconscious.

Try it. This breathing exercise is only one of many literally life-giving breathing techniques practiced in qigong meditation — rich in oxygen, rich in life.

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