6 Easy Ways to Restore Balance In Your Life

6 steps to find balance in your lifeWant to Restore Balance In Your Life? How do we find Balance in Our Life?  We work, have family and social commitments. Life is hectic.  Balance isimportant for those still working or raising a family or even retired. My six steps can be adapted to your lifestyle and will help to bring Balance Back to Your Life.

18 months ago I was fortunate enough to take early retirement.  “Fantastic!” I thought – “I’ll have time to do things that I want to do at my own pace after working full time for most of my working life”.  My husband was happy as he had retired and was looking forward to us spending more time together including travelling and having fun.

After two months reality hit – what was I going to do?  I’m not ‘old’ but I certainly started to feel that way – I needed to do something!  Whilst I love travelling you can’t do that all the time (unfortunately).

I started writing to do lists, dream lists and took on three consulting jobs including teaching myself how to build websites for small business plus also spending quality time with my daughter and gorgeous new grandson while she was on maternity leave.

I was busier than when I was working and stressed as well trying to fit everything in!!  I needed more balance (yes, there is that word) in my life.

My problem was I had retired without a plan and after being defined by my work for so long I didn’t know who I really was anymore.  I rushed about trying to fill in every waking moment instead of really thinking what I wanted in life.

For those still working, especially if you have a family, it is a constant battle to prioritise so you can achieve some sort of balance and happiness.  Some employers, who are very conscious of their employees’ well being, provide flexibility in the workplace or programs to assist their employees reduce their stress levels.   There is still a long way to go in this area although there are companies who provide specifically designed programs for a healthier workplace. (www.creatinghealthierworkplaces.com.au).

Beyondblue (http://www.beyondblue.org.au/) an organization tackling the issue of anxiety, stress and depression state on their website that “Workplace mental health is one of the most important issues business faces today. Ignoring it costs Australian companies about $10.9 billion a year in lost productivity, and it’s likely that one in five of your workers is affected by poor mental health. But if you take action, the benefits are profound.”

My daughter, Rachel has just returned to full time work after spending a wonderful 9′ months getting to know her gorgeous baby boy Ethan.  In a ‘full on’ job which she loves, Rachel is now finding that she needs now more than ever, to keep the balance right so she can enjoy working and also most importantly enjoying her family.  I asked her how her first two weeks had been and she said that she has a different perspective now.  Whilst she is fully commited to her career she also is more relaxed about things and not stressing the small stuff so that she can give quality time to her family rather than being stressed to the max.

What to do?  Here are 6 steps you can take to start finding some balance in your life

1. Take a step back to reality

Take a good long look at your life, where you are and where you want to be.  What can you change to help you find your balance in life?

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2. Prioritise 

Divide your life into different areas – your relationship/family/interests/dreams/work/Me time etc. and work out how you want to share your precious time.  Partners, family and friends are important so you need to make sure you are still nourishing those relationships. However, you actually need to prioritise so that you are giving quality time and enjoying the experience.

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3. Plan

If retired, work out what you want to achieve so that you have a reason to get up in the morning and have something productive planned.

If you are working, plan your day the night before so you know what to expect and can cope more easily with the unexpected.

Make a dream board that you can look at every day to keep you motivated.

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4. Learn to say ‘No’ without feeling guilty 

This is my weakness however remember ‘It’s okay to say No’.  You can’t always be everything to everyone even though you might want to be.

5. ‘Me Time’

Sometimes we can get so caught up with planning and thinking about everyone else that we forget about ourselves.  Don’t forget to plan some ‘Me Time’ into your life.  This is the time you spend just on You and doing what You want to do – that might even be doing nothing as long as you are happy.  Of course, including some exercise in your ‘me time’ will certainly help your well being both mentally and physically.  If you are healthy you are better able to cope with a hectic lifestyle.

6. Enjoy the moment

Don’t over plan or overthink it as some days you need to go with the flow and just enjoy ‘being in the moment’ (I find this difficult to do as well – but I’m slowly learning).

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It has taken me some time to adjust to my new life and I’m happy to say it is starting to come together very nicely.

I’d love to hear how you balance your life in this hectic world we live in.

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

 

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26 thoughts on “6 Easy Ways to Restore Balance In Your Life

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Suzi, thank you for your comments. I found when I retired my life lacked a purpose each day. I just took a step back eventually and went with the flow. I tried not to be so hard on myself and I soon found things that I wanted to do. It will happen for you. Have a lovely day.

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  2. Create With Joy

    Thank you so much, Sue, for sharing this fabulous article with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! I’m happy to hear you are adjusting to our fabulous new life!

    I’m also happy to share that you are one of our Featured Guests at this week’s party – #171 – so enjoy and keep on inspiring us! 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you for your comment and I’m thrilled to be a Featured Guest at this week’s party. Have a lovely day!

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  4. Agatha

    Very timely post for me. I’m not retired but took a break from full time work to concentrate on raising the kids. Somehow, I started a small business and work from home; it has now encroached into all aspects of my life. I enjoy doing it but I do have step back and re-evaluate. I think it’s good divide my day into time slots to complete certain things and have a me time too. You’ve made some valid points here!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Agatha, yes I think my husband is ready to confiscate my smart phone and laptop! Me time, couple time and family time are so important. Have a lovely weekend.

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  5. Aimee

    I think prioritizing has been the most important key to attempting to find balance in my life. (Not that I’ve already got it all figured out by any means. It’s definitely a work in progress!) Sometimes I just have to say no to certain things, even if they are worthwhile, just because they are lower on my priority list. I simply don’t have enough time to do it all, so I focus on the things that are most important to me, and let the rest go.
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  6. Jenna

    This is sensible and very effective advice!!!! ♡♡♡ When I was getting my first degree which is psychology we learned tactics for helping patients deal with overwhelming circumstances and what you have posted is similar. It must be simplistic or it will only add to stress which is the opposite of what is wanted!!!

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    1. sue Post author

      I’m so glad you think my advice is sensible Jenna! I sometimes have to pull myself back as I go at things at 110% but really you can enjoy a fulfilled but balanced life. Have a lovely day!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Debbie thanks for the comments. I’m fine now thank you although it is difficult to slow down when you really want to exercise! I just realized that perhaps 77 pushups in one go is a bit much for me now LOL:) Yes very excited re co-hosting both Jen’s linkup party and Anything Goes. A whole new world! Have a lovely day and don’t forget to Sizzle!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Leanne, thank you for your comment. Yes, you are in for a huge change in your life. Don’t worry if it takes a little time to adjust try to go with the flow. I had difficulty with this but once you let go and relax things fall into place. Have a lovely day and don’t forget to Sizzle!

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  7. Wendy

    I can really relate to this! I am finishing up my “freshman year” as an empty nester, and it has really been quite the adjustment! At first, I was so afraid I was going to be lonely, purposeless, etc, that I said “yes” to everything that came my way. Within just a couple of months I was completely overwhelmed…except when I was home. Then I just wandered around my house like a lost puppy, trying to remember why I was even in that room. It didn’t take long to figure out something had to change! One of the reasons I started my blog was to start working myself into whatever is “next” for me. And now that I’m starting to get a little rhythm to the balance, my daughter comes home for the summer in two days and I get to start all over again! Lol! I have a feeling I am in for a whole new definition of “balance”! 🙂
    Thanks for co-hosting Wednesday’s Wisdom!!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Wendy oh I can so relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed. It is a huge adjustment. Enjoy the summer with your daughter. I will subscribe to your blog as we think alike. Have a lovely day and don’t forget to Sizzle!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Mike, thanks for the comment. I’m like you a ‘yeser’ and it is difficult to say ‘no’ but we have to sometimes for our own good. Love being part of the #BigTopBlogParty!

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  8. Molly Stevens

    This is food for thought for me, Sue, as I prepare to retire soon. I don’t want to overcommit or be bored and without goals. I need to do some planning. And balance is going to be more important than ever. Thanks for sharing these great suggestions.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Molly, I found it a real shock to the system when I retired. I was so not prepared. Finding my balance has been hard but I think I’m almost there!

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