Believe it or not, balancing your life does not require massive changes. You don’t have to quit your job, abandon your family and escape to a remote retreat in order to feel peaceful and happy…
In fact, true balance is something that starts WITHIN YOU first and foremost – no matter what else is happening in your life.
Here are three ways to reduce stress, avoid burnout and reclaim your energy and peace of mind…
1) Quiet time.
One of the first things we tend to sacrifice when we’re busy is our personal time. Instead we devote all of our energy and attention to caring for others, multi-tasking, meeting responsibilities and “being productive.”
Over time this depletes our energy and we begin to feel more and more “burned out”. To live a more balanced life, quiet time to yourself is CRUCIAL.
You may believe that you don’t have any time available for yourself, but something amazing happens when you consistently MAKE time; you find yourself feeling happier and more energetic, your focus improves – and you still get plenty done!
Just a few minutes spent sitting quietly in meditation or reading a book can do wonders in transforming stress into peace and happiness.
Beyond making time for things you enjoy, there are other ways to nurture and love yourself on a daily basis. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep (or as much as you personally need) is a great start, as well as eating nutritious food, exercising daily and speaking kindly to yourself.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re really tired or stressed, even the smallest problem can seem like a nightmare? On the other hand, when you’re feeling well-rested and centered, you’re much better able to handle upsets.
Caring for yourself is one sure way to recharge yourself on a regular basis, which will give you the energy to deal with whatever comes your way.
Did you know that one of the biggest causes of stress is rigid expectations? We all do it from time to time; get a mental picture of how our lives “should be” – and get really annoyed when our outer circumstances don’t cooperate…
One of the biggest gifts you can give yourself is a flexible state of mind. In other words, learn how to detach from unrealistic expectations and go with the flow.
When you have a flexible mindset, you’re able to deal with crises and problems much more easily because you’re not working against a that mental picture of how things “should be”. You’re able to tap into your creative problem-solving skills and move through challenges without all the drama and frustration.
‘Be like the tree that bends with the breeze – and you’re less likely to break!’
These inner changes can make a dramatic difference in your state of well-being, but you may also want to examine your outer life circumstances and see if there are other small changes you can make to help support your inner work.
For example, you may choose to let go of activities and obligations that are no longer meaningful or enjoyable to you, especially if they have become a drain on your time and energy!
Give this advice some thought, and I’m sure you’ll find ways reclaim some of your energy and peace of mind।