Advice · Health · Inspirational

…Balance…

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Happy June! We are definitely officially in summer here in the big city. We went from weird bouts of chilly temps in late April/early May to scalding hot lava quickly. Typical. With the warm sunshine (yay, vitamin D!) and longer days, I’m reminded of maintaining healthy balance in my life.

Here’s a glimpse at what my average week looks like:

Monday: Work 9am-5pm; Dinner 6pm; Gym 6:45pm-7:30pm
Tuesday: Work 9am-5pm; Dinner 6pm; Church community group meeting 7pm-9pm
Wednesday: Work 9am-5pm; Dinner 6pm; Gym 6:45-7:30pm
Thursday: Work 9am-5pm; Dinner 6pm; Gym 6:30pm-8:00pm
Friday: Work 9am-5pm; Dinner 6pm
Saturday: Gym 10:45am-11:30am; Hanging with hubby or friends; errands
Sunday: Volunteer and church 8:30am-12:30pm; errands

I stay pretty busy. Sometimes, I get caught up in my schedule without a lot of down-time, which means I get worn down and exhausted. That’s when I usually re-evaluate and step back a bit. So, how do I keeps things balanced?

The Gym. I may have mentioned this once or twice, but the gym is where I can sweat out all of the day’s stress. I recently  started taking a kickboxing class on Thursday nights, and I envision myself punching away my fears and worries. It totally works. Before my gym-going years I never handled stress well – I’d either drive myself to insomnia at night thinking about all the things completely out of my control, or I’d break down in tears at the drop of a dime over no reason at all. Those days are long gone, and I can attribute that to letting go and letting God….and the gym.

Me time. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to value my alone time a lot more. More times than not, I rather chill out by the lake with a good book, snuggle up on the couch with a movie and tea, take a bath with a glass of wine and a magazine, or just take a nap. It’s a time to rejuvenate, to count blessings, and to reflect on goals and aspirations. I’m moving so much during the week that my “me” time has become very valuable.

Stay organized. I’m a freak of nature when it comes to organization. Everything has a time, a place and a label in my life. Overkill? Maybe, but it’s working for me. Smart phones have made it so easy to organize pretty much everything in our life, and I take advantage of it. From scheduling reminders for bills so I don’t have to stress about remembering to making special electronic folders at work for important arbitration decisions where I can easily find them again instead of scouring my e-mail later – it all helps me keep things together so I don’t freak out :) Actually, I recently downloaded a new app so I  can electronically categorize my closet, plan outfits for the week and be better prepared for yearly purges. I’ll write a review about that later.

Mediate and read the Bible. My faith in God grounds me, and when I’m not spending enough time in the Word I can feel a difference. I haven’t quite been able to find a time that I’ve been able to stick to for meditating and Bible reading, so I’m still working on that. But when I set aside special time to devote to God everything becomes much more clear. Sometimes life can feel like a series of meaningless motions, prolonged struggles and impossible obstacles. God gives my life meaning and purpose, and it’s wonderful when I’m reminded of that.

How do you find balance?

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