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Maintaining the perfect balance in life can be tricky when the busyness sets in and schedules are filled to the max. Here are 9 simple ways to find more balance & flow in life when you feel like you're about to fall off the balance beam of life!
I'm never sure how to feel about the word "balance". Can we ever really find balance in our lives? I think we can to some extent, but I think it's more about "flow". We are always going to be striving for balance, but every day is going to throw a new curve ball our way. If we can find some simple ways to add more "flow" to our lives, then staying on that balance beam of life, even if we get shoved to the side, we'll be able to steady ourselves again and not fall off.
I've been trying to find some simple ways to keep the balance and flow in my life. With 6 classes this semester in college, an internship, as well as this blog (my small business), it can be a bit tricky. Not only that, but to balance all those things, what really matters is keeping myself healthy, happy, and mentally prepared each day. Sometimes, by the end of the day, I can feel like I'm about to go crazy and my stress levels are through the roof. But then I remember and practice these 7 simple ways to find balance and flow in life which helps to recenter me and keep me on firm footing!
1: Step Away From The Technology - I can't tell you how much better I feel when I stop and step away from my laptop or phone. All of my responsibilities are online, my school work, internship, and blog. It's so important for me to remember that my mind, eyes, and soul need a break from the virtual. If I spend the entire day consumed by tech, I know I won't be able to sleep well that night and my anxiety levels end up being through the roof.
2: Maintain A Consistent Sleep Schedule - I don't mean just Monday through Friday, I mean all 7 days of the week, 365 days a year. I have been savoring every minute of sleep I get each night. I have never valued it more than I do this year! I'm exhausted by the end of the day and just want to get under the covers and drift away so I'm reenergized for the next hectic day. For me, I go to bed around 8pm and wake up at 4am every.single.day. That's what works for me and that's the amount of sleep I need. No shame! Keeping it consistent will change yourself for the better, trust me! Your body needs that predictability!
3: Read A Physical Book - No matter what, I always have a physical book I'm reading. It may take me weeks to get through, but I always know it's there to pick up and simply read real words for a little bit. Everyone should have a fictional story to escape into. It's nice to turn out the real world when things are hectic and just take a break in the pages of a book!
4: Go Somewhere New - The perk of living within a massive university is that there is no lack of new places to explore. When I feel like I can't concentrate on the work I need to do or simply need a change of scenery, I scope out a new place to settle in. It can be a corner nook in a student lounge or in the student centers, a new coffee shop, or even an empty hallway in some building. If you're finding yourself craving something new to look out, go out and find a new spot!
5: Have Someone To Talk To - When I feel like I'm about to fall off the balance beam and don't think my anxiety and stress levels could get any higher, I know I need to talk it out. My mom is my "someone to talk to". After a crazy day with a bunch of new difficulties thrown out me, I need to just call my mom and vent it all out. No holding back. I usually wake up the next day feeling so much better now that I've had someone to listen to my stresses and rationalize with. You can find a friend, spouse, parent, maybe even a pet! Talking out all the unbalanced areas in your life at the moment does wonders for bringing back the flow!
6: Remind Yourself Of The Bigger Picture - When everything seems like it's a crazy mess, remember that things really do even out. You will lose you flow from time to time and you may actually totally tip the balance, but life was meant to do that. It teaches us lessons, shows us how to work through struggles, and lets us try again. We can pick ourselves up and hop back on the beam with new skills. Life is all about practice and the bigger goals we want to achieve in life are always there waiting for us. Just take it easy, breathe, and remember that a few wobbly moves are going to happen. What matter is that we rebalance and focus on the flow!
7: Take A Day For Yourself - This whole post is about finding balance and flow in a hectic schedule, but trust me. Try to devote one day every week to yourself. I'm not even saying you have to "do nothing". You can be productive and get some work done or you could cuddle up with that physical book. Whatever you choose to do, it can change from week to week, do it alone. Learn to be with yourself and your own thoughts. When you become friends with yourself, when you get to know your inner workings, it's so much easier to maintain balance and flow when you step back into such a stimulating word.
8: Channel An Inner Passion Every Day - So important! Find something that lights your fire. Find something that makes you actually FEEL the flow. If you want flow in other areas of your life, you need to know what that feels like and have the time to balance the unbalanced with that flow. For me, it's cooking (I feel simply blissful and lose myself), or working out. Both those things happen every day for me in some form or another. Find your passions. Find the things you just love to do, that let you be creative and express, and that leave you feeling good! Do those things every day even if just for 15 minutes!
9: Balance Starts On The Inside - It goes without saying that maintaining a healthy diet is essential if you want to stay in tip top shape for your daily life. A well-rounded diet of veggies, fruits, whole grains, starches, lean protein, healthy fats, fermented foods, and tons of hydrating liquids. Another way to keep the balance inside is with a high-quality probiotic supplement like Florastor® Daily Probiotics, which strengthens your digestive balance and supports a healthy immune system. Florastor is the only probiotic brand with Saccharomyces boulardii lyo CNCM I-745 which helps restore your natural flora. Keeping that microbiome healthy and happy will leave you with the energy, immunity, and strength to keep going even when the rest of your life may be a little off kilter!
So tell me:
+ How do you stay balanced and in the flow?
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