How to Get Your Life Back Into Balance
Do you ever find yourself feeling exhausted or overwhelmed? Most people are busy with family, work, hobbies, or community responsibilities. Sometimes people allow their schedules to take control of their lives, and priorities might get disorganized. As a result, people may feel stressed, frustrated, and tired.
When your life is feeling a little imbalanced, it may feel as though you have neglected your needs, values or priorities. Although it may be easy to feel regretful and burned out at that moment, you can still work toward achieving a sense of equilibrium.
The following practices will help bring balance back into your life:
- Be reasonable. People have a limit to resources like time, money, and energy. It is completely understandable to want to accomplish so many things; however, it is important to consider how much time is in a day. Know that you are one person. Erase the idea of perfection and problem-solving for others—it’s okay not to get everything done. You are doing your best.
- Find a support system. Find the people in your life who build you up and support you, who add value to your life, and inspire you to be a better version of yourself. Try to avoid people who add or create more stress for you. Remember that stress will affect you physically, so, within reason, consider phasing out those who might be causing your stress or imbalance.
- Take control and say no. Often people say yes to others because there might be an unreasonable pressure to immediately please people. It is important to consider your current list of responsibilities. Take time to think about what you can reasonably complete. Try to alleviate adding extra stress by learning how to say no.
- Make a schedule for rest. Resting doesn’t always have to equate to sleeping, but scheduling time to relax can be beneficial to your health. Intentionally do things that give you comfort, peace, health, and happiness. Make a deliberate effort to prioritize your needs.
- Focus on today. There will always be something that we will need to do, haven’t gotten to, or something we have always wanted to do. Try to avoid obsessing about the future, and focus on what is happening today. Creating a healthy, balanced life requires you to be present in your family, friends, hobbies, and work.
Remember there is more to life than the daily stressors that create imbalance and unhappiness. Start taking steps toward a more balanced life by learning how to take control, set boundaries, and focus on today.