Creating better balance in your life can seem pretty daunting and like it’s totally unachievable. For years I felt the same, in fact I had very little balance. I had two very small children, a part time job with an hour’s commute each way, I was building a business, plus so much more. As you can probably imagine, I didn’t have any balance at all!
Two years ago I was running on empty, exhausted all the time, snappy and not really myself. Convinced something was really wrong, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. A lifestyle disease which is heavily linked to the food you eat. I have to be honest, it was a terrible time. I was devastated. But, it gave me a kick in the right direction, I made massive changes and I now have a much happier, healthier life.
So today I want to give you 5 easy tips and on how to get more balance. Sound good? I learnt the hard way, I was always at the bottom of the list, which resulted in burn out. Now, I’m at the top of the list. By prioritising myself, I’m happier, healthier and my business is booming. Now I help other women do the same.
Be perfectly imperfect
This is one of my favourite tips. For years I craved to be perfect, I wanted the Pinterest perfect life with daily Instagram-able moments. Once I realised that this was totally unachievable everything became better, easy and much less pressured. So just let go, relax, enjoy the moment. Once you drop this expectation of yourself everything becomes easier.
Take a break
Do you ever feel like you are running from one thing to the other? Never able to catch your breath? This tip is all about pausing, taking a break even if it’s just for a few minutes. Go for a walk, call a friend, read a magazine. Do something lovely for yourself just for a few minutes. You’ll feel recharged and reenergised for your day ahead.
Write it down
For years I was told to journal and if I’m being honest I couldn’t find the time or energy to put pen to paper. But, I have been doing this for around 6 months and it’s one of my favourite times of the day. I take just a few minutes when I wake up and just before I go to sleep. I write my hopes for the day, I write about my dreams for the future. The more I write the easier it becomes. Kikki.K has a great range of dream journals and goal planning books.
Ask for help
I always used to think that asking for help made me weak. But you know what, it makes me smart. So next time you are running on empty, unable to fit everything in and exhausted, ask for a little helping hand. What’s the worst that can happen?
Calling all people pleasers! This is my final and most important tip. The next time you get an invitation or asked to do something instead of saying yes, either say no or say that you’ll check your diary. It gives you time to assess, is it a yes, no or even maybe. You don’t need to be everything to everybody, you just need to be there for the things that really matter. Psychology Today has some useful pointers for saying no!
AUTHOR: HELEN HOPKINS
HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACH, SURREY
Helen is The Balance Coach. She teaches entrepreneurs to prioritise themselves and in the process their business booms. Trained with the Health Coach Institute she is a master at creating sustainable lifestyle change.
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