Saturday, November 29, 2008

finding balance

Do you feel like you are being pulled in multiple directions at the same time? Many of us do. There are so many things competing for our attention it is difficult to prioritize and maintain any kind of balance, but it is possible. Here are a few tips to help you prioritize the things that are really important in your life and get back into balance.

1. Yourself: It may sound selfish at first glance, but think about the logic of this concept. Keeping all of the plates that you are juggling requires the same thing that you need to be able to take care of others--taking care of you first.

2. Your Family: Make time for family meals together. No matter how busy our schedules get, we all have to eat. Make it a priority to eat together as a family each night. Also set aside one evening each week where you and your family member are there to spend the evening together. This can be an evening of board games, card games, watching a movie together, or just plain talking. The time spent together is wonderful for keeping the family even more deeply connected than spending just meal times together. This also shows your children that you are committed to their well-being as well as your own.

3. Your Health: There are three sides to your health, physical, emotional and spiritual. By getting enough sleep (7-8 hours), eating right, and exercising, you are not only addressing the physical aspects of your health, but also the emotional. Exercise and eating right are great ways to combat stress. Don't neglect the spiritual side of your health as it plays an important role in maintaining good overall health and balance.

Oh, and don’t forget to have fun! After all, what is the point of anything if you don't have fun along the way? Choosing to 'enjoy' plays an important role in keeping our lives in balance. Don't be afraid to have fun!

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