5 Ways to Find Your Balance and Zen {in Hoboken}

Written by:

In the hustle and bustle of today’s world, it’s important to keep yourself healthy and active, while still keeping yourself happy and zen. So many people fall victim to the #worklife grind and don’t allow themselves to feel happy because they’re so stressed. So on this Monday morning grind, we’re reflecting on that “b” word that everyone says — no, not what you think. The word BALANCE. But what does it truly mean to be balanced? It’s really up to the person, but here are five ideas to get you started in finding that happy place in your life.

1. Get in a workout

Let’s face it… working out is pretty much a WIN all around. Between helping you sleep better and getting you in a better mood {let’s not forget for overall positive body image}. You don’t need to go for the gold and work out 7 days a week for an hour per day. C’mon, it’s truly not realistic, and unless you’re training for a body building competition or are a trainer, it’s pretty hard to do. Instead, start small so you don’t get disappointed with yourself. Promise yourself you’ll take two workout classes per week, or go to the gym 3x in one week — and put it in your calendar and block it out so that you can’t “break” your workout appointment. It works!

2. Drink some wine

seven-daughters-wine-hoboken

^and then use the bottle as a spring flower vase

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of vino {with some crappy reality TV or a good book}. A favorite wine lately? Seven Daughters Wine — their Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Moscato to be exact. This wine company was one of the sponsors of the Night Nation 5K Run in Englishtown, NJ — which all goes to show that it truly is all about the balance {wine + running, perfect combo – perhaps not at the same time, ha}.

A few spots to grab Seven Daughters Wine in the area:

  • Garden Wine & Liquor, Hoboken
    Delite Supermarket, Hoboken
    Central Avenue Liquors, Jersey City
    Village Wine & Liquors, Jersey City

3. Treat yourself to meal delivery

graze-and-braise-paleo-meal-delivery-hoboken

This can be interpreted in one of two ways. First off — the plethora of delivery spots in Hoboken makes life pretty easy when it comes to ordering food. Between Seamless and Delivery.com, there’s really no reason that you could EVER call yourself hungry {Read: Delivery Spots in Hoboken You Need to Try}.

But, besides having some yummy {and greasy — yes, you deserve it} delivery, you can also get super healthy meal delivery. Meal delivery services like Highway 2 Well, Graze & BraiseSakara, Kale & Co, ABC Catering, and others are all delicious, and tailored to the food goals that you are wanting. Think: vegan, plant-based, organic, and/or paleo. The sky is the limit in the meal delivery department in town, that’s for sure.

4. Practice journaling and mindfulness

benefits-to-journaling-thoughts-feelings

The benefits to journaling and mindfulness have been shown to be overwhelming: from helping you channel your thoughts and focus your mind to decreasing anxiety, there’s really no reason not to grab that pen and paper. If you need a little help starting, click here.

5. Get out of your comfort zone

Urban Beach, Newport NJ

In Hoboken, it can be a little bit difficult to break from your day-to-day mold, especially if you’re working long hours in the city — so here’s what to do. Make a list of one thing you want to do each week that isn’t in your day-to-day or week-to-week routine. Maybe it’s visiting the Urban Beach in Newport {Jersey City} [above], going to a new restaurant uptown in Hoboken, taking a different walking route to the PATH on a nice day so you can take some pretty photos, going to a happy hour spot SOLO to try to meet some new friends or a date, or trying a new class in the Monroe Center — it’s whatever you make of it. Here are a few Jersey City spots you need to check out that can help you start your comfort zone to-do list.

There are so many ways to find happiness and balance in our mile square. How will you do it?

*Sponsored by Seven Daughters Wine*


Written by:

Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.