Bring Back Your Balance
So how do you know if you’re out of balance? Stress, feeling out of sorts, feeling scattered, fatigue, anxiety, restlessness, irritability... I could go on and on, but to steal a line from the author Jen Sincero, I’ll stop now because I’d like to leave the house today.
Here are some ways to combat the busyness of this time of year and bring back your balance. Pick a couple and try them out.
• Take a walk or a hike, enjoy the outdoors. Look at nature.
• Hang out with your dog.
• Get enough sleep. I can't stress this enough.
• Guard your time and energy. Don’t overcommit. Realize that your energy (like your time) is a limited resource. How could you best spend it? Even Warren Buffett agrees, saying:
"The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything."
• Stop multitasking. Enjoy one thing at a time and be mindful about it.
• Listen to upbeat music.
• Do something nice for someone else.
• Breathe deeply.
• Make time for: friends, family or a hobby that you enjoy.
• Laugh. Watch or listen to things that bring you up, not down.
• Plan an adventure. It doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive, just something to look forward to.
• Judge less, love more. Stop comparing yourself to others. Focus on your own life.
• Don't take yourself so seriously. Be lighthearted.
• And I saved the best for last: Practice gratitude. Stop complaining, and find more things to be thankful for. Search for them all day long.
Make the effort to take care of yourself, for your sake and your loved ones.
“You always have to remember to take care of yourself first and foremost, because when you stop taking care of yourself you get out of balance and you really forget how to take care of others.”
―Jada Pinkett Smith
“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
― Eleanor Brownn