There are many factors when it comes to living a balanced life, how well you sleep, how well you move, what you eat and your social engagements are among the top influences for creating balance and staying healthy. Luckily enough we have the choice to identify how we want to experience life and can begin to make the small shifts towards that desired state. So where do we begin and how do we optimize our day to stay above the overwhelm of life? By taking responsibility and taking small action steps!


Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy life and its not just about the amount of sleep rather than the quality of sleep. Our bodies are naturally attuned to the circadian cycle of our planet and even our organs are on their own biological clock working to create deeper states of physical balance and mental/emotional ease. When times become more intense or stressful, give yourself the opportunity to get more sleep.

Meal Spacing

Are you filling up your car with premium fuel and still eating conventional produce?

Food and the desire to please the palate is often in the driver seat influencing decisions and shaping our day. Yes food can taste good but we need to come back to the whole reason we eat, that is to fuel this body we inhabit. If we look at food as energy, we can see that this energy is information, we realign with the fact that this information is signaling the body and providing raw materials to do the necessary things to stay alive, but with the enhancement of flavors though food manufacturing this food is now creating a desire and addiction for overconsumption.

Re-enter the power of intermittent fasting. Spacing meals is vital for living a long and healthy life and enhances our ability to be flexible and adaptable for accessing and using stored fuel (body fat) on the body. Yes food should be satisfying and can be very pleasurable but for many of us its will take a shift in how we look at food, a change of identity to begin viewing food as an energy source. Choose to eat simple high quality food to fuel your body and mind and over time, you will notice the shift in cravings.

Spend time outdoors

There are so many fancy ways to take control of your health but sunshine and the outdoors is among the best for combating overwhelm. Keep a regular practice of walking outside with no electronics to recalibrate your senses to your environment. Smell the flowers and notice the plants growing on the side walk or on your favorite hiking trail, and even if its for a minute, zoom your perspective outward and notice where you are in space, on a planet orbiting around a star in a vast universe. This practice in shifting perspectives really sheds light on the scale of how serious we can take the smallest and most mundane of situations in our life.


Nothing beats sitting and spending time in stillness, even when your mind is racing and nothing seems to be still, the act of watching and feeling what is going on inside is good for us. With the Holidays approaching its easy to feel overwhelmed with all the activities and to-do lists, but make it a point to take 1-5 minutes twice a day to reflect and decompress the mind with just sitting and being. Everyone has the time it is just a matter of priority and facing the challenge the doing something new. So even if you have never formally meditate before get curious and just sit, close your eyes and notice whats going on for a few minutes. If you haven’t yet, click here to receive a free guided meditation from me to listen to at your own time.

The Take Aways

Empower yourself by applying these tools and upgrading your performance physically and mentally. Identify your priorities and know other peoples’ priorities are not yours unless you choose to own them. Reorienting your approach to your day with a few deep breaths and identifying the small steps needed to head towards a desired state you want to experience can be a fun approach!!

Dont take it to seriously!!

Be kind to yourself!

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Published by Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley is a Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher in the San Diego area and a life long surfer. He is the founder of Higher Self Wellness and an avid practitioner of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices which he infuses into his public yoga classes and group program “The Art of Connection”. He is professionally trained as a Chef and incorporates the ancient wisdom of “food as medicine” into his culinary creations. Alec infuses the practices of personal and planetary alignment into his modern healthy lifestyle toolkit to help shift the collective into deeper states of connection.

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