I know what you’re thinking…..balance?! What the heck is that?! It’s something we all wish for more of. No matter what season I’m in, I can always say I want more balance. Unfortunately, I have HORRIBLE time management and I can’t seem to peel myself out of bed at 5 am to work, much less work out. BUT, I’ve found some tools that make that balance attempt much easier!
- PLANNING– I have a love hate relationship with planners. They take more time to fill out, and I have to use the calendar on my phone for client appointments, but, when I actually write down things that I need to get done in an organized (I’m the most unorganized person I know) way and not on 1,243 sticky notes, it really helps!
- MAKING TIME TO EXERCISE– ya, this may be a no brainier to some, but I have to make this a priority or I’ll be a chubby slob the rest of my life! I simply won’t do it if I don’t put it on the top of my priority list (like #1 or 2 for the day). Exercising doesn’t just help me justify my cheat meals (or days), it helps bring balance to my emotional state of mind! I feel way less irritable, I’m a happier mom and wife, and when I get a good sweat sesh in, I feel so much better about myself. And us women know when we feel good about our bodies, we pretty much feel like we can conquer the word right?!
- GIRL TALK– I’ve talked about this in previous posts (long with the importance of exercise), but who doesn’t feel better after some girl time or even just girl talk on the phone?! I went to a sweet friend of mines birthday party a couple of weeks ago at Board and Brush (you can find out more about that here, it’s so awesome!), and I can’t believe I almost didn’t go. First of all I had the dates mixed up, but then I realized I wasn’t really going to know anyone who was going. Some might be surprised to learn that I can tend to be pretty shy (which I have been told comes across as bitchy or snooty, and I do NOT want that!) but I’m not 100% comfortable being in a room with people I don’t know, do any of you struggle with that?? Anyway, my husband really pushed me to go and knew that I would be happy I did, and I was! I met some amazing sweet women and some other moms whose kids go to the same school as ours, I’m so excited to meet more moms in our community. That time being with other women and doing crafts, drinking wine and getting to know each other was so much fun and I realized how much I needed it.
- ALONE TIME– as wives, mothers, career women etc, finding time (even 5 minutes) alone is so rare and challenging. I mean, we can’t even go to the bathroom with out our kids yelling through the house looking for us. And why is it that they can be perfectly happy playing until you go to the bathroom, then all of the sudden they need you RIGHT NOW?! What the crap is that all about? I swear, the same goes for husbands! 😉 When I was a single mom I was alone a lot on the weekends when my kids were with their dad, and in the beginning I hated it, it forced me to think and feel my situation, but after time I learned to absolutely LOVE it. I learned so much about myself when I was alone and it gave me time to rest, emotionally and physically. Also, quiet alone time gives me the opportunity to read my devotionals, journal and spend some time in prayer, which helps me be so much more balanced than I sometimes realize. Even though my time alone now is much more limited, I still make it a priority, even if its not for very long.
- SLEEP– Every single Dr. in the word (I think) says sleep is SO important! I’m an 8 hour a night gal, but that’s not always my reality. In a perfect world I would be in bed at 8 and up at 4 am (I love mornings more than nights), but we don’t live in a perfect world and I’m lucky if I get 6-7. The bummer is, when I only get 6 hours of sleep, I have major eye baggage and I swear I’ve gained more squinty eye wrinkles, it’s so annoying. Make sleep a priority people!
- DE-CLUTTER – (Matt’s Idea)- Ok, if you know anyone who lives in AZ and declutters peoples lives for a living, please please please send them my way!!!! I can’t for the life of me keep my closet, kitchen, office, salon, and pretty much entire house free of clutter, and this goes for my brain too! My sister once gave me a piece of advice, start with one room in the house, then don’t start on another until that room is finished. When I remember to do this, I get SO much more done! Being clutter free helps my brain function more clear and helps keep me organized. Matt says that our physical is a reflection of our internal, and our internal is a reflection of our physical, he’s so smart, I just love him!
- BINGING – (Matt’s Idea)- Whether it’s binging on your favorite tv show, chocolate, wine, exercise, food, or shopping, its NOT healthy! When I fall off the wagon with my eating habits, I tend to fall HARD. Matt sometimes has to remind me to slow down or to just STOP. Haha! I’m kind of an all or nothing girl, which makes it even harder to find balance in a lot of areas of my life. I have enough self control when it comes to some things, and then I have some (or a lot of) weaknesses too, don’t we all? But binging on anything, whether it’s ‘healthy’ or not, will ultimately take you out of balance, even though it feels good initially.
I hope these points are a reminder of the benefits of maintaining a balanced life. I find it’s so much easier said than done! If you have any other tips that you would like to share with us on how to be more balanced, please comment below. Thanks for reading!