The subject of Life Balance seems to be on everyone’s lips lately. We have discovered that maintaining a healthy life balance is not only essential for happiness and well-being; it can also be a huge boost to your productivity and career or business success. A balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention and energy on achieving their goals, to take productive actions, and to move forward in a meaningful way.
The big question is “What does life balance really mean?” What would a balanced life look like for us? And above all “How can we achieve it in the midst of our crazy schedules?”
There are steps you can take to change what is not working and regain some control and balance in your life. And once you start seeing results, you will be better equipped to maintain this new found balance.
The key is not to try to change everything at once, but to make small adjustments over time to see what works for you. At some point you will have a whole new set of positive habits and you will never look back!
Here are 10 simple ways that work:
1. Switch off
Disconnect at the weekend. I’m already hearing the excuses but try it, at least for a day or even a few hours a night.
Put the phone down and turn off the computer. Give your work brain a rest. Bonus: Spend the extra time actually interacting with your family and friends!
2. Remove what you don’t need
It goes without saying that if your life is overcrowded, you will never be able to achieve balance and cope with everything. It is simply not possible.
Say no to everything that is either not essential or does not add something valuable to your life. Be ruthless!
3. Take care of your health
We hear this over and over again, but we usually only pay lip service to it. We know what we have to do, but it is not a priority until we have a health crisis.
Our health really affects our quality of life and our work. We are much more productive and happier if we sleep enough, eat a healthier diet and fit into any activity.
4. Minimize toxins
By this, I do not mean chemicals (although that could also help.) Minimize the negative influences around you.
Avoid poisonous people (whiners, whiners, bad attitudes.) If you can’t avoid them completely, at least minimize contact and turn them off as much as possible. Whenever possible, surround yourself with positive, supportive people who can do something.
5. Spend time alone
Taking time for you is probably the hardest thing for the typical overworked and overburdened person, but it is crucial to reduce stress, increase happiness, and encourage creativity.
Some things to try: meditate, write, sketch, do some yoga, or just sit still for a few minutes every day and do absolutely nothing.
6. Relationships are important
Take the time to have a good time with your family and friends. Don’t just sit in front of the TV, but really connect and pay attention to the people you care about.
Make an appointment with your caregiver, have coffee with a friend, play a game with a child. Really get to know the people around you.
7. Treat yourself to something
Have a pedicure or facial treatment. Better yet, schedule a massage. It does not have to be expensive; a glass of wine, your favorite coffee or tea, a wonderfully scented candle, or beautiful flowers will have a great effect.
8. Explore the world
Take a walk and pay attention to what is going on around you. Take a new route, visit a new city, or try to be a tourist yourself. See a local performance, play amateur photographer or go to the park and watch children play. They really know how to enjoy life!
9. Broaden your knowledge
Take a course, learn to paint, or try something new that you always wanted to learn. Read a book that sparks your interest or try listening to encouraging music. Find what interests you.
10. Have fun
Laugh, joke, play, find your sense of humor, subscribe to a daily joke, or get a tear-off calendar. Nothing makes you feel better so quickly than a good old-fashioned belly laugh.