Balance. Balance. Balance. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart these days. With a full-time job, #workitout100, grad school, a long distance relationship, and life in general, I am a busy-bee. It’s important to find balance in our day to day so we don’t lose our mind. I tend to take on too much, it’s hard for me to say “no”, so I just keep saying “yes”. However, when I keep saying yes to other people, I ware myself out and I can’t give my best to the things that are really important in life. No matter where you’re at in life, we all struggle with balance. I’ve listed 10 tips below that will hopefully help you find balance.
- Turn it off – Disconnect on the weekend. I hear the excuses already, but try it, at least for one day or even a few hours each night. Put the phone down and turn off the computer. Give your work brain a rest. Bonus: Spend the extra time actually interacting with your family, friends and significant other!
- Learn to say “NO” – It’s a given that if your life is overflowing you will never be able to achieve balance and manage it all- It’s just not possible. Say “NO” to everything that is either not essential or doesn’t add some type of value to your life. Be ruthless! (Believe me, this isn’t an easy one, but practice it and it will become easier).
- Pay attention to your health – We hear this over and over again, but usually only give it lip service. We know what we need to do, but it isn’t a priority until we have a health crisis. Our health really does affect the quality of our lives and our work. We are far more productive and happier when we get enough sleep, eat a little healthier and fit in some type of activity. “Get UP & Move” 🙂
- Minimize toxins– By that I don’t mean chemicals (though that might help too.) Minimize the negative influences around you. Avoid toxic people (complainers, whiners, poor attitudes.) If you can’t completely avoid them, at least minimize contact and tune them out as much as you can. Surround yourself with positive, supportive, can-do people whenever possible.
- Spend time alone – Making time for you is probably the hardest thing to do for the typical overworked and overwhelmed person, but it is crucial for lowering stress, increasing happiness and encouraging creativity. Some things to try; meditate, write, sketch, do some yoga or simply sit quietly for a few minutes each day and do absolutely nothing. You can do it!
- Relationships do matter – Set aside quality time with your family and friends. Don’t just sit in front of the television, really connect and pay attention to those you care about. Make a date with your significant other or have coffee with a friend. Really get to know the people around you.
- Treat yourself– Get a pedicure or a facial. Better yet, schedule a massage. It doesn’t need to be costly; a glass of wine, your favorite coffee or tea, a delightfully scented candle or beautiful flowers will make a huge impact.
- Explore the world – Take a walk and pay attention to what’s going on around you. Take a new route, visit a new town or try being a tourist in your own. Attend a local performance, play amateur photographer or go to the park and watch children play. They really know how to enjoy life!
- Expand your awareness – Take a class, learn to paint or try something new that you’ve always wanted to learn. Read a book that sparks your interest or try listening to uplifting music. Find what interests you.
- Remember fun – Laugh, joke, play, find your sense of humor, subscribe to a daily joke or get a tear-off calendar. Nothing makes the feel better as fast as a good old-fashioned belly laugh.
Give these 10 tips a try, they work for me & I hope they work for you too!
“1, 2, 3…BALANCE!”