A list of 7 MUST HAVE tips for staying healthy, happy, and balanced, despite having a busy life. Juggling work, family, social life, and personal well-being can be tough…but not impossible. These suggestions will help you move toward more balanced living!
This post is sponsored by California Almonds. All opinions are my own.
One of the biggest reasons people become stressed is that they are “too busy”, and feel that because of this, it is too hard to take time for themselves and find harmony in all their daily activities.
“All or nothing” thinking when it comes to work, leisure, socializing, or family time sets you up for internal and external chaos. You can’t be everything to everyone all the time…. especially if you ever want to have a sense of self and maintain who you are as an individual.
Life really is all about finding balance.
I know, I know…so cliché, right? But I’m not saying that finding balance is easy. However, it IS something for which we should all be striving in some way or another.
Work is important.
Time with friends and family is important.
Self-care and “me time” is important.
Taking care of your mental and physical health is important.
Fostering your talents and passions is important.
No one thing is more important than another and you need a little bit of each in your life for long-term happiness & fulfillment. But the question is…
How is one supposed to find life balance?
Today I am sharing 7 ways that I use to work toward balance in my day-to-day life. Balanced living is different for everyone, but for me, it means having a harmonious existence in all the different realms in which I exist. It means being a good friend and a caring family member. It means being a diligent, hard-working business owner, and a conscientious, supportive person for my clients. It means checking in with my physical and mental health, and making adjustments accordingly. And, above all, it means doing the best I can – every day – to put my best foot forward, be a positive presence in the world, and do good wherever and whenever possible.
Here are some details on how I achieve balance…
Make to-do lists
Hand written to-do lists with daily, weekly, and monthly tasks are a LIFE SAVER for me. Even in this day and age of technology, apps, and digital calendars, there’s nothing like having a physical piece of paper with all my “to-dos” jotted down that makes me focus on what I need to accomplish. Plus, crossing off one of those tasks is so satisfying!
This tip goes with to-do list writing! When you’re making those lists, be sure to order them according to the urgency and priority level of the task. A full list of things to get done for the day can be overwhelming. But when you break it down into sections based on what needs to get done first (AKA: musts) and things that have lesser importance (AKA: wants), you’ll soon realize that a lot of things you think you must do in a day are merely things you “want” to do. When you zero in on the things that HAVE to get done (for your work, your family, your pets, etc.), you’ll begin to realize what’s really important in life and what things are just distractions.
Distractions are different for everyone. For example, I NEED to have noise in the background while I work, while others need total silence. So the key is finding what keeps you from completing your work or finishing an important task and remove it from your immediate surroundings. In my case, my kitchen can be a MAJOR distraction since I work from home. There’s always something to clean, cook, or mindlessly snack on. So I go to a different coffee shop every day to work for a few hours, be around people, and change-up my environment. If social media or your phone is a problem for you, put your phone on airplane mode or install an internet extension (like Work Mode on Google Chrome) that blocks all social media URLs for a specified amount of time while you’re working.
Learn to say NO
As I said above, you can’t be or do everything for everyone! When you say “yes” to every ask that comes your way, even if you think you’re capable of handling it all, you run the risk of spreading yourself too thin. This will only increase your stress and the pressure you’re feeling to “do it all.” Just as you need to prioritize your to-do list, you have to pick and choose what you allow into your life. Whether that means people, favors, activities, or anything else with which you feel obligated to become involved, learning to say “no” to some things can be a life saver.
Schedule in self-care
Whether getting in a workout, meditating for 20 minutes with essential oils diffusing, enjoying a once a week massage, or painting your nails at home is your idea of self-care, schedule it right in your calendar! Schedule time to check in with yourself and take care of your personal needs, just as you would an important conference call or a meeting with your supervisor.
Rest and recuperate
Practice good sleep hygiene. Even if you’re not a good sleeper, creating the right environment and routine can help you get there. Plan an early bedtime, don’t use your electronics in bed (unless it’s to play soothing music, sounds, or a meditation), and make your room as dark as possible. Try to figure out what your optimal amount of sleep is per night and work to achieve that many hours every night, even if it means going to bed earlier than usual.
Always have healthy, convenient snacks at hand
As I’ve been saying a lot lately, goals for healthy eating are usually abandoned when people make excuses related to time, as well as difficulty and/or accessibility to meal and snack options. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that planning and preparing ahead of time helps you be more successful in maintaining a healthy diet. I, for one, always have whole foods on hand for quick, energizing snacks if I am super swamped with work and don’t have time to prepare a full meal, am on the go, or just need a little pick me up!
California Almonds are my favorite healthy snack food to keep in my computer bag and purse. They make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Not only are they convenient because they are shelf stable and easy to carry around, but they also have the perfect mix of nutrients (protein and healthy fats) to abate my hunger and keep me productive so I can maximize every moment. I pack a serving in my perfect portion almond tin if I know I’ll be out of the house for a few hours or grab a handful from the bag if I’m at home.
Their flavor is bold & deliciously nutty, plus, the crunch factor is out of this world! Did you know eating crunchy foods helps relieve stress? Even more reason to incorporate almonds into your day.
What does balanced living mean to you?
How do you work to achieve balance in your life?
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