Strategies for Balance and Happiness

Abdominal breathing, meditation, mindful walking, constructive rest and building friendships are some of the most powerful behavioral strategies for creating more balance and happiness. Click on any of the titles listed at the bottom of this page and learn how to create these practices for yourself.

Abdominal breathing is useful anytime and can be practiced in a concentrated way–5 minutes once or twice daily. Belly breathing can also be practiced whenever it comes to mind or when the signs of stress or anxiety appear. The breathing helps to initiate a feeling of relaxation, clear thinking and a greater capacity to be in the present moment.

Meditation is an extremely effective way to develop a sense of calm, clarity and creativity. There are also a wide range of psychological and physical benefits that result from the regular practice of meditation.

Mindful walking can be an alternative meditation practice for those that find the sitting difficult. It provides most of the same mind-body as the sitting meditation. Both methods can be used interchangeably.

Constructive rest is an antigravity position that is great for getting the feeling for and practicing the abdominal breathing. In this position diaphragmatic breathing comes naturally. You can also easily observe the ‘rise’ and ‘fall’ of the low belly as you breathe.

Building friendships and enhancing intimacy in relationships is vital to our sense of well-being and self-esteem. It’s also been shown repeatedly in the research that having good relationships helps us to live healthier, longer and happier lives. Improving communication skills and making the conscious decision to improve connections with others is guaranteed to have a significant impact on the quality of your life.

Physical Activity meaning any activity that requires physical effort sustained for 10 minutes or more, to improve strength, flexibility and endurance for overall health and fitness.

  1. Abdominal Breathing
  2. Building Friendships
  3. Constructive Rest
  4. Meditation
  5. Mindful Walking
  6. Enhancing Intimacy in Relationships
  7. Physical Activity

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