Balance seems to be one of those things that no one ever feels they achieve. It can be hard to attain. It's subjective. It looks different for everyone.
Life balance is possible and this month is a great time to begin working towards your perfect median. Let's talk about a few tips to achieve this balance:
- Turn it off: switch your phone to vibrate, shutdown your laptop, and commit to leaving your Facebook status update free. By doing these things, you can focus on yourself. Instead, read, journal, and engage in the personal relationships around you; all things that will feed your soul and help you relax.
- Say No. Time management is tough. Especially when you're trying to balance school, work, campus involvement, children, friends, a partner, pets, etc. If you put too much on your plate, it's near impossible to feel as though everyone and everything is a priority the way they need to be. Prioritize and say no when you need to.
- Do something for you! Make an appointment for a massage or pedicure, splurge on a decadent smelling candle, or plan an evening with friends. Do something that puts some pep in your step and appreciate the energy you gain from the experience.
- Learn something new: Take a painting class. Learn photography. Study something you've always been interested in. Expand your horizons, and by doing so, open your mind to new things and new people.
Table for one, please! Be content by yourself. This is tough when you are running a busy schedule, as there are many people who will fight for the little open time you have in your schedule. Learning to enjoy time alone is important and necessary to re-boot.
- Minimize the things that don't fulfill you. Are there people, relationships, or activities in your life that don't leave you feeling great and positive? Eliminate them from your life. This can be challenging but necessary to finding a well-balanced and peaceful life.
- Have fun! It's easy to work life away. We are constantly adding new tasks and projects to our already long to-do list. Make sure to add fun to that list. Laughing, playing, and enjoying life is essential to finding balance.