Many of us end up disregarding our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing just to ensure we stay on top of things and that the bills are paid for. Adopting and maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle is our own responsibility. By maintaining a balanced lifestyle, we are increasing our chances of living a significantly longer, better, and happier life.
Nowadays with busy work schedules, overtime work, deadlines, kids, social obligations, house chores, mortgage repayments, etc. It’s getting harder and harder for many people to have a balanced lifestyle based on being healthy, stress-free and happy.
What many people fail to consider is: What is the point of doing all of this if we don’t have a balanced and happy life?
Finding, and living, a balanced lifestyle is a key to ensuring that you can have time for;
- Your family
And time to enjoy life and the people and things around you.
Admittedly, achieving one is easier said than to be done. But, if you are disciplined and really try to challenge yourself, you will get there and you would never want to look back.
It’s no wonder that you’re feeling out of balance and overwhelmed!
There are things you can do to achieve balance in your life. Below are three great starting points to instantly get you on the road to a well-balanced life!
A Central Calendar For Every Member of Your Family.
This calendar can be a shared calendar online using Google Calendar, or it can be a paper calendar stuck on the fridge. Either way, have each family member write their activities down and be sure to include the time, location and mode of transportation.
This way nothing gets missed and you can plan your schedule accordingly.
If there are conflicting activities, this is a good time to teach your family about compromises and the give and take in relationships. There are ways to work things out and a little lesson in selflessness never hurt anyone.
What Can You Cut Out Of Your Daily Routine?
In this society of rush-rush, convenience, and got-to-have-it-all or do-it-all, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all the extracurricular activities you’re involved in. As you look at each activity, ask yourself:
- Is this activity necessary for my well being?
• Can I live without being involved in this activity?
• Is this improving my life or is this overwhelming me?
• Is this helping others or is it purely for self-gratification?
• Is this going to help me achieve my career, family, and personal goals?
To give you some help on prioritising your answers I would just simply follow my suggestions, I found that by doing this you have a better chance of improving your daily routine.
- Rank the questions in importance to you
- Give each question a score of 1 to 10
- Only work with answers that score above 8.
- Below 8 I would leave them until you have completed the highest scoring answers.
By focusing on the really important questions that are personal to you, and I would try and keep it to 2, you will have a better chance of making the changes that will give your daily routine a new balance.
The answers to these questions will help you clean up your schedule and continue to enjoy the things that are really important to you and your family, which in the long term will give a more balanced lifestyle.
Establish a Daily Routine.
Routines help us stay on task and get things done without procrastination. Without a daily routine, you tend to wander aimlessly, instead of engaging in tasks that take you down the right path toward your goals.
If you work from home, it’s easy to wander away from your daily routine because you can set your own schedule, so it’s especially important to have a routine and work diligently at sticking to it. Whether you work out of the home or you’re a stay at home mom or dad, a daily schedule is vital. Following an agenda will help you achieve your daily, monthly, and yearly goals.
Set Goals for Yourself, Your Family and Your Career.
Without goals, you have nothing to work for and you’ll feel lost without purpose. Talk about making things feel out of balance! Some worthwhile goals to reach for might be:
- Losing weight
• Starting your own business
• A new house
• A new car
• Establishing a budget and sticking to it
• A pay raise
• A promotion
• Learning a new skill or trade
• Writing a book
Another great idea is to build some fun into your goals, reward your self when you hit certain targets. Keep a daily journal to record your progress. Make sure write everything down, even when you have failed to hit a target.
Remember, even though it may seem a failure, you can still learn something from it. Review your progress every day and set timescales for every part of your goal, or you will find that you will just drift without having a time frame to work to.
Those are just a few ideas to get you started thinking about all the possibilities available to help you achieve more balance in your life.
Everything in moderation is a phrase you hear often, and with good reason. Everything in moderation means that there’s a healthy balance to your life, so laugh, love, live, and be healthy.
Balance in life is something that requires constant attention and resilience. Like most things in life, It takes practice and patience, but you can achieve amazing results if you put your mind to it. Keep trying and you’ll be amazed at the stability that comes your way.