By now you will have established your New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully these are in accordance with attaining a more balanced lifestyle through moderation.

We all know the old adage ‘everything in moderation’, but how do we apply this to everyday life?

People often think of moderation as limiting themselves to a few beers or glasses of wine over the weekend and not having lashings of gravy and chocolate with every meal. Moderation is best applied to all areas of our lives; work, leisure, family time, diet exercise, love etc.

Living in moderation is not about sacrifice for the sake of healthy living. Rather, about preventing excess to achieve balance. Finding the right balance can be tricky. Balance is an individual thing. Achieving the right balance between work and play is not always easy to determine. Work can be overbearing and stressful at times, but so can play if you let it get out of control: overindulgence in late nights, consumption of alcohol and other substances can have a detrimental effect on other aspects of life.

Balance activity with serenity. Exercise and rest are both essential to a healthy and joyful life.

Moderate exercise is beneficial, but taking rest days is important to heal and recover.

Healthy, nutrient-rich food ought to make up the bulk of food consumed although treats are okay in small quantities. (read Dr. Alevaki’s Healthy Lunches blog)

“Even nectar is poison if taken to excess.” Hindu Proverb

Moderation is about achieving balance. It’s about recognising that too much of anything can be detrimental to your physical, mental and emotional health. Moderation at the core, is about limiting excess and extremes.

Become aware of which behaviours are out of balance.

Balance community with solitude. Often we give too much of ourselves with regard to family, friends and work commitments.

Take a step back to prioritise and focus mind, body and spirit.

Book in regular massages, chiropractic adjustments.

Meditate and take the dog for a walk.

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