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Moderation Is Key: Simple Steps to
a More Balanced Approach

No less wise a teacher than the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, advocated that the path to peaceful living is walked along the middle way of balance. If we approach life in a tempered way, we can ensure we’re making the most of our experiences while minimising potential risks. Below, we take a look at how moderation can be used in different areas of life in order to safeguard our wellbeing and bring nourishment to all areas of our experience.

Gaming

Real money gaming is an experience enjoyed the world over; however, in order to best access this experience in a sustainable way, there are some important steps to take. While there are in-depth guides available online that aim to answer the question of what is responsible gaming, there are some key insights that anyone can readily apply when engaging with gaming or betting. These steps will ensure you’ve got healthy boundaries in place, freeing you up to enjoy the experience. A good starting point is to set an overall loss limit. By pre-determining a total loss limit before you start playing, you’ve already decided on the potential money you'll be willing to part with in a gaming session beforehand. This also lets you determine betting ratios. For example, if you’ve decided that your loss limit for a game is $50, it doesn’t make sense to place bets at $25 each, as this will potentially see your gaming session come to an end within a game or two. By subdividing your loss limit by the average number of games you want to play, you arrive at a moderate spending rate for your gameplay.

moderation is key

Work

Jack Nicholson uttered the famous words, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!” in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 cinema classic, The Shining. And Jack’s right, we all need to balance work and play if we are to feel refreshed and safeguard against burnout. Everyone has different limits for exertion, and this will also vary depending on what kind of work you do. But ensuring that you’re taking regular breaks to move and rest is important in order to keep your mind fresh and able to maintain concentration and focus. Consider using a timing method, such as the Pomodoro technique, to time-block your work periods in order to get the most out of your day.

moderation is key

Exercise

Balance is an elusive concept simply because it's conditional. Whereas it’s easy for one to understand that the consequences of overworking manifest as burnout over time, with certain subjects, such as exercise, we are less likely to think that moderation is an important factor. Exercise is objectively good for both body and mind, however too much of a good thing, as they say, can be bad. The risk of too much exercise is that it can lead to a phenomenon called overtraining. Simply put, this is when your body becomes unable to bounce back from the physical stress and fatigue of your exercise sessions before the next round. This can quickly lead to injury, so paying attention to your exertion is important, as is learning the warning signs. Apps like Strava incorporate performance graphs that track your average exertion over time and can highlight when you may be overtraining. Another element to watch is when you’re taking on too much at once, especially if you’re new to training or returning after a break. Trying to reach a high intensity quickly will also increase your chance of injury, preventing you from reaping the long term benefits of regular exercise. There are many training programs available, such as the Couch to 5K program for runners, that are designed to ease you into an activity, steadily building up intensity in moderation.


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