Balance is something we all strive to achieve to live a happy and healthy life. I'm a practicing gastroenterologist, TV medical correspondent and media personality, associate professor at NYU School of Medicine, brand adviser, co-founder of a beauty line, wife, and mother of two children under the age of 9 — so I definitely realize it’s often easier to speak about creating a balanced routine than to find it. And even more so, to stay on top of it.
But the secret I’ve found is that balance in one aspect of life can lead to mindful stability across all others. And the best place to start is with your physical health.
You're probably familiar with the undeniably strong connection between the brain and the body. Now, accumulating studies are finding more evidence of how the physiological processes of your body affects the psychological state of your mind. That means that if you're treating your body with the respect it needs, your mood and your ability to find balance in your work and relationships will also improve.
Of course, the key to finding this stability is different for everyone. But here are five tips I’ve personally found useful in finding and maintaining a balanced, healthy life: