What do you do to create life balance? Thought I’d share my response to this question from one of my Linkedin groups.
Scheduling is key for me. I schedule everything on my calendar; whether it is for my job, my business, entertainment, spirtuality, family, health and more. Calendaring helps me keep it all together. If things need to be shifted; a look at the calendar let’s me see everything that is in place and I can make changes based upon priorities. No muss, no fuss, it is all in writing.
It is important to remember to be gentle with myself; therefore, if everything doesn’t happen as planned – it is what it is. No worries; all things happen in God’s time. I make sure to take care of myself; how else can I take care of others if I am out of synch. Yoga, prayer, meditation, managing my health, power walking, swimming, reading, dancing, really good belly laughs, taking in a play or show; cherishing my alone time; and checking in once in a while with a friend are but some of the ways I maintain balance.
There are times when I am out of balance; especially when I am striving to achieve a goal; complete a project; build a business, etc. However, I am learning to be cognizant of the amount of time spent out of balance; I allow myself a moment to breath and reconnect. I can be really intense about work once I put my head down, and the toll it takes is not always healthy. Therefore, taking pause breaks really helps – a couple of minutes to stop everything and really absorb and appreciate everything in my environment at that moment. Mind dumps help as well; taking 30 minutes or so to write down everything that is in my head and quickly organizing/scheduling it. This removes worry, tension, confusion, anxiety.
Allowing others to take care of me is another way to stay balanced. Going to doctors (wellness and traditional); taking classes to work on my own self improvement; going to the nail spa, hair salon; getting accupuncture treatments; massage therapy; staying open to learning new things; practicing different types of yoga; being ever mindful of my own self talk and overruling ANTS (automative negative thoughts).
There are so many ways to remain in balance; I have my litany which I employ at different times. Most important is that I have a consistent practice. Being balanced takes work; it is not something you achieve and sustain; it is a constant practice and you must be willing to put in the time and work. Plan the work and work the plan.
Peace and Blessings,