When you’re overworked or short on time it can sometimes feel like your life has taken control of you, rather than the other way around. It’s times like these that we need balance in our lives, but ironically, thinking about what you have to do to achieve that will probably stress you out even more.
Finding your balance doesn’t need to be stressful or time-consuming or even difficult. Below we made a list of 6 easy steps you can take daily and will lead you on a path to a more balanced life.
The first step is always the hardest, so we prepared a few ideas that will get you on the right path to a happier more balanced you.
Family & Friends
Set some time aside for family and friends and plan dates or activities with them. Reach out and talk to people you care about throughout the day, even if it’s short text messages. And when you do spend time with them, be present.
Unplug & do something fun
Put your phone down and stop checking your emails when you get home. Do something fun or creative instead. Read, watch a movie, do a little photography or have a bite with your friends. Give yourself something to look forward to.
What is your goal? Prepare a weekly plan to help you achieve it and to manage your time effectively. Keep your motivation by breaking it down into daily tasks and your priorities will align themselves in the process.
Exercise & Eat healthy
Start simple with stretching exercises or a walk, just get your body moving for at least 15 minutes a day. It will not only improve your physical state but your mental state as well. Supplement your exercise with healthy eating habits and drinking plenty of water. Plan your meals and keep healthy snacks around for when you have to skip a meal.
Time for yourself
Start your day with a few minutes for yourself. You can meditate or read a book or prepare yourself a nutritious breakfast or do yoga or even just breathe but do something to start the day off feeling calm and centred.
Getting between 7-9 hours of sleep is crucial. Set a bedtime for yourself, stick to it and you should feel the positive effects after a few days already. To make it a really good night’s sleep switch off your phone or computer 45 minutes before going to bed.