A healthy life balance is not only essential for happiness and well-being; it can be a huge boost to your productivity and career/business success too. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus attention and energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions and moving forward in a meaningful way.
The big question is…What does life balance actually mean? What would a balanced life look like to you? And how the heck do we go about achieving it in the midst of our cray-cray schedules?
There are a few steps you can take to change what’s not working. This will help you get back some control and balance in your life. And once you start seeing results you’ll be better equipped to maintain that equilibrium. The key is not to try to change everything at once, but to make tiny adjustments over time and decide what works for you. Eventually you will have a whole new set of positive life habits and you’ll never look back! BAM!
Use the “off” button
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 and friends!
Trim, trim, trim
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 everything that is either not essential or doesn’t add something valuable to your life. Be ruthless!
Pay attention to your health
Seriously, girl. Don’t blow this off! You know what you need to do. Your health affects the quality of your life and your work. Trust me, you are far more productive and happier when you get enough sleep, eat a little healthier and fit in some type of activity. I don’t need to Facebook stalk you to know that!
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. (I use earbuds at work to drown out a few “toxins”)
Spend time with YOU
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 are important
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, have coffee with a friend, play a game with a child. Really get to know the people around you.
Get a pedicure or a facial. Better yet, schedule a massage (even if it’s from that creepy guy at work who keeps offering them to you…okay, inside joke.) 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 your 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.
You know, that thing that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Laugh, joke, play, find your sense of humor, subscribe to a daily joke or look for Chuck Norris jokes on the internet.