It sure does! Thing is, when it comes to trying to find balance in our lives, most people overshoot the mark, focus solely on one area – creating a whole new imbalance, or have given up entirely.
What even is “Balance”???
So what can you do to move toward this ever illusive balance?
Create a Daily Routine
Routine doesn’t have to be super restrictive either. When I first got sober, I kept a daily notebook with the actions I wanted to build into my routine – things like brushing my teeth, washing my face, or doing laundry weekly – things that would feel really uncomfortable not to do now.
A couple tips here, be realistic – don’t make a list of a hundred different things. Add things in slowly, a couple at a time. Then once they’ve become a habit, add in more. Also, you know yourself best, find a method that provides structure without being too restrictive. The goal is for this to become a lifelong, evolving, part of your daily life.
Meditation is a powerful tool
Meditation physically, mentally, and spiritually creates the space to honor your intentions of keeping your life in balance. The good news is, there are so many different types of meditation, you can find a method that works for you.
Step Away for a bit
This can really help prevent going down the rabbit hole on a project or task… or losing hours to TikTok, Facebook, or Netflix.
Honor Your Plans – But Be Flexible
Sometimes, things come up that absolutely can’t be avoided. Usually, though, you can still accomplish what you needs to in the other areas of your life. For example, if your evening routine is usually getting off work, picking up kids, working out, dinner, winding down, then journaling, and getting cleaned up for bed but your tire blows out on the way to the gym – you might skip the gym that evening to be able to continue on your normal routine, but instead of watching TV to wind down (or hitting the gym later and not being able to fall asleep), you might opt to go for a walk. You still are able to get your exercise in – even if it doesn’t look exactly how you originally planned.
Celebrate Your Success
When I set out to change the way I ate, every day I would have a single serving of Fizzl’d Skittles (long discontinued) each day. For months, I found it much easier eat smaller amounts and healthier foods knowing that I had that treat waiting for me at the end of the day. I also didn’t eat out and was working toward a better relationship with myself as well as managing my finances more responsibly. So every other week, I would take myself out on a “date” to a favorite restaurant that served some amazing pad thai. Both of these examples were things that I looked forward to and would help me stay committed to my goals.
Again, you know yourself best so you know what motivates you. (And if you don’t, figuring out your motivators can be a huge help!) Find little ways to reward yourself each day after you’ve completed the things you planned out to get done. Also, find bigger rewards for each week or every other week to look forward to.
What areas in your life do you feel like you lack balance? Share in the comments below with some actions you can take to shift into a more balanced lifestyle!
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