Balance. The word itself evokes a peaceful feeling. A feeling of achievement, tranquility and the norm. But how many of us really have balance 100% of the time in our lives? In today’s busy world finding a good rhythm of work/life balance can be challenging. I’m going to share some tips that can help you achieve some results.
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The Quest for Balance: A never-ending cycle
Recently, I was feeling extra tired and worn out. I wasn’t sure why, things have been going great, I’m keeping up with my schedule and to do list, spending time with family. What gives? But one thing I have come to realize about myself is I enjoy having a busy schedule and getting involved in many projects and activities, but every once in awhile I need a break. One of those moments to just balance everything out.
So that weekend I cleared my schedule, even having to cancel a few commitments, (yes sometimes you have to do that) and I just relaxed. Wow yes I said relaxed. I basically unplugged for a little while to rest and gain my energy back. Sounds pretty simple enough but with a job, two businesses, kids, volunteer work, family obligations, a husband and countless piles of laundry and housework the word Relax is not usually in my vocabulary.
There are many people who have so many obligations and are pulled in several different directions on a daily basis. Whether you are single or married, kids or no kids, a career or job or business (whatever you call it), school or anything else you do you’re most likely busy. Bottom line is: sometimes we all get overwhelmed and get off-balance, and need to step back and create that sense of balance in our world.
And that’s ok to feel that way. The next big question is how do we do that? I’m going to make it simple by suggesting some tips that will help get that sense of balance back in your life.
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- Unplug for a while. This is what I did in my example earlier mentioned. Sometimes it’s ok to turn off your notifications, don’t answer your phone or door, stay indoors and just relax. This can be achieved doing something you love like reading a good book, exercising, playing with your kids, listening to your favorite tunes, watch you favorite movie, sleeping, cooking etc. Do whatever makes you happy and relaxed whatever that may be.
- Take a vacation. Everyone needs to get away every once in awhile. I know when I go on vacation it’s much easier to put aside all the day-to-day stuff and just enjoy myself.
- Leave work at work do not take it home. We all have taken work home. Sometimes it’s necessary, but most times it’s not. This means not only taking tasks home to complete them, but just mentally taking the issues of the day home. You have to separate that and tell yourself, “I’m at home this means family time no work.” So what if you work from home like myself? That’s when you have to put in extra effort to designate some time off. Work will still be there tomorrow. You want to also create memories with your loved ones.
- Take a mental health day off work. Sometimes we need a day off. Many jobs nowadays are stressful and people are more overworked than ever. To avoid getting sick and having poor health take time off when you need it.
- Be a kid again. Whether you have kids or not, family time and being silly and just having plain old fun and make such a difference. When I take time to do “kid things” with my daughter I can honestly say that’s some of the best times in my day. That carefree attitude of just pure fun can relieve the stress of adulthood and give us some balance. All work and no play benefits no one.
- Learn to say no. It can be hard sometimes especially when you feel others are counting on you but you have to say no. You cannot commit to everything you are asked to participate in if you don’t really have the time or energy to do so. People have to take the no’s with the yes’s too.
- Schedule in your downtime. If you live by the calendar like I do, you may need to pencil in those moments for fun and entertainment, family time, relaxing etc. Block off your schedule and be firm about not filling up that time with something else.
- Talk to your employer. Find out what options there are for work/life balance at your company. Some corporations have flextime and telecommuting and other options. It doesn’t hurt to ask, you may find out some better options for you and your family.
- Be aware of the signs of burnout. This could mean different things for people since everyone handles stress differently. However, know yourself and the signs when you’re doing too much and you need a break. It’s better to take time off than to end up in the hospital or lose a job or mess up your relationships with others.
- Become more efficient with your time. Group similar errands and activities together, break up large tasks into more manageable pieces, solicit help from family members and work together on projects. You can have family time and still get things done. Work together and play together. Live life together. Don’t let work consume you. And remember the saying, “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
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