If you feel like all you ever do is work, and you never have the time to do the things you want, chances are your life is off balance. It can happen quite easily if you don’t consciously work to maintain this delicate equilibrium. Sometimes you don’t even realize it’s happening until you find yourself suffering the consequences. Here are some signs that you may be off balance:
- You have difficulty falling asleep
- You keep coming down with colds
- You have a constant knot in your stomach
- You’ve lost contact with your friends
- You can’t remember the last time you’re whole family shared a meal
- You spend more time in your office than your home
- You’ve gained weight
- You feel stressed and overwhelmed more often than you feel happy and relaxed
This concept of work/life balance is talked about a lot, and it means something different for everyone. It’s essential for your physical and mental well being to give yourself a break sometimes. I have been successful in maintaining balance in my life because I have integrated it into my daily routine. We are creatures of habit, and if you habitually incorporate the things that balance you into your schedule, you won’t neglect to do them. Here are some suggestions for making balance a habit:
Enroll in a class
Whether its a workout class, an art class, or an educational class, it’s a commitment that will be at the same time on the same day every week.
Pack a bag
This has been my secret for maintaining a consistent workout schedule. I pack my gym bag in the morning and go straight to the gym after work before I get to go home.
Create a tradition
I try to get together with my family for dinner on Sunday nights. It’s a time when everyone is off work, and we prepare and enjoy a meal together while catching up on the weeks’ happenings. It’s usually followed by a movie or a card game.
What do you do to stay balanced?
To a happy, healthy, productive life!