A to Z Challenge 2016

‘B’ is for Balance – Why We Need it for a Healthy Lifestyle

April 2, 2016
B is for Balance

6 steps to find balance in your life

Life is Busy – that is a fact of life these days!  Technology, work, family, friends, even retirement is busy and it seems to be the #1 problem that we face in our lives.  We are overworked, stressed and anxious about all manner of things and with stress and anxiety our health can suffer.

How do we find Balance at get off the treadmill of life?

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Balance Your Time

‘If you want something done, give it to a busy person’ is the old adage.  It means that usually busy people get things done. We all have the same number of hours in a week so why do some people achieve more than others – including time to enjoy their life?  The answer?  They have a PLAN and Schedule their time effectively.

Try this exercise – Write down all you do in a day or a week that includes all areas of your life.  Once you recover from the shock of all that you do, examine what you have written.  Are there any areas you can tweak to free up your time?

Download my Free Planner to help you get started.

Balance Your Mindset

To have a balanced, healthy and happy lifestyle you need to be balanced in your mindset. If you mind is overcrowded with the stresses of life, you can’t think clearly, let alone find or make the time for relaxing and enjoyment.

Try this exercise – Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and breathe deeply in and out for 5 minutes.  Try to clear your mind of all thoughts.  I know it is hard but if you persevere you will feel so much lighter.

A busy lifestyle can present stresses and anxieties which can become overwhelming – even though individually they may be small.  Our mind becomes tired and finds it difficult to cope.  Try to have the attitude of “What is the worst that can happen?” – it will certainly put things into perspective.

Balance Your Body

Part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle is finding balance in your exercise and food choices.  Exercise is a great stress reliever and we should exercise most days.  Walk, run, yoga, dance, swim whatever, just do some movement that you enjoy.  On the flip side, Listen to your Body and if it is tired take a rest day and nurture yourself.

Eating a well balanced diet means that you can still enjoy ‘treats’.  I love food and there is no reason you need to live on lettuce leaves alone.  The secret is to use the 80/20 rule.  Eat wholesome food with lots of vegetables, 80% of the time and relax a little for the other 20%.  Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed so you can have your cake and eat it too – within reason.

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43 Comments

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill April 2, 2016 at 17:33

    loved this Sue – balance is such a key necessity in life – the little helpful tips are good reminders for how to start putting an action plan together if there is an area we know we are getting stressed in.
    Leanne @ cresting the hill

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2016 at 20:21

      Oh thank you Leanne. Sometimes we just need a little reminder because we get so caught up in our daily lives we can quickly lose our focus and balance in life.

  • Reply KALA RAVI April 2, 2016 at 20:38

    Well put Sue! Balance is something we all desperately need in these times of so much distraction and stress! Awaiting your C post 🙂
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:04

      Thank you Kala! I’m pleased you are enjoying my posts. Have a lovely day 🙂

  • Reply Alana April 2, 2016 at 22:07

    Thank you for sharing these suggestions. When I first clicked on this, I though you were going to talk about falls prevention, a topic dear to my heart. So I was pleasantly surprised to find these suggestions- it’s so hard to balance the different parts of our life and fight stress.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:05

      Oh I’m pleased you weren’t disappointed Alana although keeping Balance as we age to avoid injury is important as well. Have a great day!

  • Reply Erica April 2, 2016 at 22:29

    I enjoyed your reminders. I need to work in taking a quiet 5 minutes to clear my mind each day and get back inntrack with my exercise. Stress and anxiety keep creeping up on me and it takes constant effort to keep them at bay.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:06

      Thanks Erica! Unfortunately, trying to find Balance isn’t as easy as it sounds but we have to try to find what works for us. Thanks for stopping by to comment and I hope you visit again.

  • Reply Stephanie Bird April 2, 2016 at 23:42

    Lovely! I love your blog. Found it through A to Z challenge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:06

      Oh Welcome Stephanie! I’m so pleased you found me. It is my first A-Z challenge and I’m meeting lots of new and interesting people. Have a great day!

  • Reply Sage April 3, 2016 at 00:35

    Good suggestions! Balance is important and I’m regaining mine after a quad tendon rupture 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:07

      Ouch Sage that sounds painful! I hope you are recovering well and not putting too much pressure on yourself. Have a lovely day and I hope you visit again. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer April 3, 2016 at 00:41

    I am such a big believer in balancing your time! As a mom to three kids in three different stages of life, I demand that I get some time for myself to work on things I enjoy and indulge in healthy habits to not only make sure I am taking care of myself but also setting an example for my children that you can only care for others when you first care for yourself.

    Good luck with the challenge, look forward to reading more!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:08

      Well you would really need to balance your time with three children. I am so happy to read that you make time for yourself and it is a great example to set for your children. We need to nurture ourselves but alas many of us don’t put that as a priority. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  • Reply Chicky April 3, 2016 at 01:54

    Very true, Sue! Balance is such a necessity, especially in today’s times, when we are constantly stressed out and overworked! Thank you for sharing this! 😀
    – Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:11

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed my post Chicky. It seems to be getting harder to find balance as we live in a society that wants everything now. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you visit again. 🙂

  • Reply Rian April 3, 2016 at 07:10

    I need to try the 5 minute exercise, especially at work… before I strangle somebody. Sue, your posts are so helpful! I’m already glad I joined atoz only because of them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:12

      Oh Rian perhaps you do need to take 5 I don’t want you strangling anyone LOL:) I know what you mean though. Sometimes working relationships can be very stressful so hopefully you can take 5 and feel better. You have made my day with your lovely comments. See you tomorrow!

  • Reply JEN April 3, 2016 at 08:44

    Great post! One thing that helps me keep balance is to have an escape. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or out of balance, I “escape” for a while to get back into a balanced mindset. For me it’s in the shower, because no digital devices allowed. And I self-impose healthy limits so that I’m not escaping reality for the whole day.

    I love, love, love that you suggest to Listen to Your Body. I’ve tried to help people near me understand this concept for years.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2016 at 13:14

      Hi Jen!!! Thanks for stopping by and making my day with your encouraging words. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. I actually have only recently started to listen to my body and realise that the world won’t end if I have a day off here and there. We obviously think alike so let’s spread the message 🙂

  • Reply Amy April 3, 2016 at 21:25

    Balance is so important and you have to constantly re-evaluate your approach to ebb and flow with this ever constant world that we live in. Great post! Thanks for stopping by!
    [Amy] from
    Tilting at Windmills

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 06:26

      Hello Amy! You are right about having to re-evaluate our approach. Sometimes I feel I have it nailed and my life is perfectly balanced and then woosh something comes along to tilt the scales! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

  • Reply Mary Thompson April 3, 2016 at 23:29

    Really great blog, Sue. Full of positivity! I’m a marathon runner too (or I was – got injured a while ago). I’m more into cycling and yoga these days but you’re right re balance. I think all things are fine in moderation 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 06:27

      Oh thank you Mary I so pleased you like my blog. I wish I could cycle but alas I have never mastered it. I enjoy running and yoga and sometimes just going for a walk to take in the surroundings. As long as I’m moving I feel good. Yes everything in moderation is the key. Thanks for stopping by and hope you visit again. Have a great week.

  • Reply Maryann Holloway April 4, 2016 at 00:50

    You’ve given some good suggestions in this post. I definitely need to put some balance in my life.
    @Ma_holloway from
    If I Only Had A Time Machine

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 06:30

      Hi Maryann, it definitely isn’t as easy to find Balance in life as it sounds but we need to try. I’ve just had a beautiful weekend with my husband at the Coast and for the first time in a long time I believe I got the Balance just right! Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Ashley April 4, 2016 at 01:10

    I think the theme for my 20’s was BALANCE. Everything was completely OUT of balance but through a lot of unfortunate/challenging situations, I started to step back and understand how important it is to not have the ‘all or nothing’ mentality. I’m grateful for those hardships because now it’s helped make my life so much better.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 06:32

      Hello Ashley and thanks for stopping by. It is great to hear that you are grateful (that is my ‘G’ is for in the challenge) for hardships in your life. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger as the saying goes. It sounds like you have learned some valuable lessons along the way. Have a great day!

  • Reply Kalpanaa April 4, 2016 at 02:22

    It’s so important to remember balance. I’ve downloaded your wonderful planner.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 06:25

      Oh thank you Kaplanaa I hope the planner is useful. Have a great week!

  • Reply Michelle April 4, 2016 at 06:50

    I use to think balance got easier as we got older. Well, I’m finding out it can be just as crazy as when we were younger.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 14:00

      I know Michelle it is supposed to be my word for 2016 and it isn’t easy. I’m getting better though stepping back from the blog and FB on weekends etc. Have a great week. x

  • Reply Sue April 4, 2016 at 08:56

    I’m loving your site! I especially appreciate that you offer exercises to use to find balance. This was so good I had to tweet it:)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 14:01

      Oh thank you so much – you have made my day! I’m really pleased you liked the exercises as I include more in later posts as well. Thanks for sharing for me and let’s talk again soon.

  • Reply Toni Pike April 5, 2016 at 14:51

    Great stuff! Every day, I need to think about finding some balance – I’m trying hard at the moment to write my 2nd book, and I am up with exercise and a healthy diet – but a bit neglectful about other activities. Can’t wait to read tomorrow’s article!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 16:32

      Oh I’m so pleased you are enjoying the posts Toni – I’m hoping to get us all motivated. I’ve been really trying to get more balance and this last weekend I think I succeeded – and the world didn’t end!

  • Reply Annette April 5, 2016 at 19:04

    Great stuff here, Sue. I was just thinking this morning to focus on TIME TO ENJOY.
    Thanks a lot. Like the downloaded planner.
    xx Annette

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 20:30

      Hi Annette thank you so much for your comment. Day 2 down and I hope you are enjoying it. Yes I finally managed to achieve balance on the weekend at the Coast. I just have to realise that we can do it all but we need our playtime. Have a lovely day my friend xx

  • Reply Wendy April 6, 2016 at 05:21

    I have to say, I have been amazed at all you are producing recently, Sue, and have been wanting to talk to you about how you get it all done. One thing I know I need to do is set “office hours” where I concentrate on nothing but content creation, but goodness, everyday is so different lately, that seems impossible! My escape lately has been evening TV, but after a few days, I’ve found that actually is leaving me more stressed — I go to bed thinking of all I didn’t do during those couple of hours! The good thing about that feeling, though, is it means I’m getting back to normal and actually feel like doing something other than being an evening vegetable! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2016 at 12:49

      Well don’t mention it to my husband LOL:) I have been powering through while I’m in the creative mode. I have so many ideas and I thought just do it – what is the worst that can happen. I made my A-Z challenge into an online daily email course and had 24 people subscribe – wow!!! I’m encouraged. I want to pick your brain about e-books and making them. I have a couple in mind that I want to put together. Nothing wrong with escaping with TV or doing something else that helps you to relax. Why not write down everything you do each day and then try to put them into blocks of time. I know I have recently been trying to set the hours for the blog and then walking away from it and doing something I enjoy. I’m also a list girl – I love ticking off what I have done and it spurs me on. It is starting to work 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Abel April 12, 2016 at 20:05

    Yes it is all about balance. Thank you Sue for sharing on #overthemoon

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2016 at 12:31

      Thanks Jen!

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