It’s a Balancing Act
Continuing with the balance theme… there are so many areas of our lives these days requiring our attention and not just when we get to it but sometimes like it needed to be done yesterday.
Work, relationships, personal time, school, emotional, physical, mental, etc are all aspects of life that require balance. If balance is not established, you may find yourself feeling or saying something like this;
“I am drained, exhausted and overwhelmed.”
“I wake up in the morning and automatically feel tensed and stressed.”
“My life is chaotic and out of control.”
“I need to change my life but have no clue where to start.”
“I cannot focus at all! No matter what I do, nothing is working!”
These five statements all reveal one thing – you are lacking major balance in your life! There is no reason for you to wake up feeling tense and stressed just from getting out of bed. If you find yourself relating to those five statements, then please continue reading. I am going to give you three simple and easy ways to find balance in your life once again.
1. Personal down time is a MUST!
When you are overwhelmed with life, most likely you have little to no personal downtime. This is a time where you are doing an activity or even activities that you enjoy to do. It is not something you feel like you HAVE to do. The key word being: enjoy.
There is a reason I put this step first because it is the hardest step for anyone who has an unbalanced life to follow through with. The best way to start to put this step into practice is by giving yourself 30 minutes every day to do something fun. Once you are in the habit of scheduling in 30 minutes of personal time, then begin to increase it by 15 minutes at a time. Eventually, you will have at least an hour to two hours of personal time scheduled each and every day.
2. Remove Draining Negative Tasks/Activities
One of the biggest reasons people feel overwhelmed and anxious is because of negative, draining tasks/activities. These activities take our focus away from the things we need to be doing, thus putting us further behind with our daily to do lists. They also put our frame of mind in a negative place, which can attribute to tension, stress as well as anxiety.
Examples of these tasks/activities include gossiping with co-workers, focusing on all the negative aspects of a task, constantly listening to someone who is complaining or venting, etc. The best way to avoid these types of tasks/activities is to only participate in ones that enhance as well as add value to your life. In addition, by avoiding these tasks/activities, you are able to save valuable time-especially at work. By focusing on the positive aspects, you are giving yourself more time and welcoming positive energy.
3. Prioritize Errands & Chores
Look at everything you are responsible for doing and make a list. As you go through each item on your list, write beside it at least one alternate, easier way to complete this. For example, are there groceries, stamps or other items you can purchase online that are delivered to your house? You would be surprised of not only how much time you save but also money. Another option is trading services or favors with neighbors and friends. An example of this is offering to watch your neighbor’s kids a certain amount of days for mowing the lawn. The key to this time saving tips is to trade tasks that you enjoy doing or that you were planning on doing.
These three simple and easy tips are only the start of finding and achieving balance in your life. Do not allow those five statements at the beginning of this blog be a part of your life. Life is too precious and short for it not to be enjoyed.
As always, please share your comments or your own ways of how you found balance in life. Have a wonderful week! And find time to ENJOY!
Great post and timely. Holidays are always a bit of a stresser for people. And it’s a good reminder to take some time over the holidays to relax, unwind and spend some time alone to make your plans for 2012.