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Huge Benefits Of Maintaining Yin-Yang Balance

Huge Benefits Of Maintaining Yin-Yang Balance

These days, many people are looking for ways to optimize their health and lead more fulfilling lives. If this is your objective, it’s important to know that learning how to maintain the yin-yang balance can help you realize your objective. Although defined broadly, the yin-yang principle incorporates the idea that every being is comprised of opposing yet complementary energies.

The feminine form of energy is referred to as yin, while the masculine form is called yang. The yin is the intuitive, emotive aspect of our nature. It strives for realization through creative endeavors. On the other hand, the yang is the aspect of our being that places primacy on analyzing, planning, and thinking. These two entities represent two parts of a whole that can never be divided. In conjunction, they represent our circle of life.

Although yin and yang work wonders when they are kept in balance, misalignment of these energies can result in a sense of inner conflict and disease. On the other hand, maintaining the yin-yang balance can result in extraordinary productivity and holistic health. Luckily, there are many ways to attain or maintain this delicate balance. A couple of ways are yoga and meditation, which are discussed below.

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1. Yoga

Yoga helps maintain the yin-yang balance. On one hand, yoga requires participants to surrender the mind to the body and connect with the physical aspect of self in an intuitive and emotive way. At the same time, yoga requires participants to think in a logical and structured manner in order to complete the physical movements with poise and precision.

In addition to balancing the yin and yang, yoga can also have a plethora of other health benefits. As noted by MayoClinic, some of these benefits include:

• stress reduction
• improved fitness
• reduced risk for chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, etc.

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If you are interested in using yoga to help balance the yin and yang, it is important to note that getting the right clothes is important. To obtain the best yoga pants available, you may want to try shopping in an online store that provides you with a wide selection to choose from. The best pants will provide comfort while also enabling you to move freely enough to perform all of the positions necessary to induce a calm state and enhance fitness.

2. Meditation

In addition to using yoga to maintain the yin-yang balance, you may find that meditation is effective in helping you realize this objective. Many expert practitioners believe that the mind is yang, meaning that this form of energy has a proclivity for rising to the head. On the other hand, the body is perceived as yin, which results in this type of energy descending to the feet. The energies must always remain connected to induce a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit.

Meditation helps with the enterprise of maintaining connectivity between the mind and body by having individuals consciously think about their physical form through activities like regulated breathing. Many people believe that meditation is the fastest and most effective way to balance yin and yang. Free Meditation notes that there is much research suggesting that meditation is an effective medium through which to reduce stress.

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The Benefits Of Balance

As noted by the EOC Institute, there are a plethora of life-optimizing benefits that will result from maintaining the yin-yang balance. Some of them include:

• Inner peace
• Reduced anxiety
• A stronger sense of identity
• Whole brain thinking (effective blending of intuition and logic)
• Enhanced intuition
• Understanding regarding your higher life purpose
• Elevated creativity
• A profound sense of fulfillment and wholeness

If you’re interested in optimizing your health, it’s important to know that maintaining yin-yang balance can help you realize your wellness objective. To make it happen, consider the value of incorporating some yoga and meditation into your health routine. In so doing, you will likely reap some (or all) of the yin-yang balance benefits outlined above.

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Good luck!

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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