Life is busy and too often our priorities get rearranged for us making it hard to balance everything. In order to live a less stressful life we must find a way to balance everything so there is time for work, for family, friends and for ourselves.
We spend a good chunk of our time at work, and with technology being what it is, we often bring it home with us. We check our phones, reply to emails and continue to focus on work. Those closest to us feel ignored and that they are not as important. There is a time for work and a time for family. There needs to be a promise box where we drop off what we bring home and promise to focus on those around us. We can pick up what we dropped off on our way back out to work but when we arrive home we must refocus or shift the priority from work to our family.
We also need to find time every day for ourselves, whether it is 5 mins or 30 to just relax and breath. If we don’t take care of ourselves we can’t take care of anyone else. If everything else is pulling at us we begin to resent those things and people. Take a walk, read a book, take a class. Occasionally I would take my lunch and sit in a park, quietly enjoying the quiet, or spend with a friend or two. If you schedule it, you will find a way.
Nobody can set your priorities and help you find a balance that works for you. This is something only you can do, but people can offer advice. Find someone who seems to have balance in their life and ask them how they do it. You may find some useful tips.
When you find balance, you will find that you are happier for it. When you are happier, you are calmer. Soon you’ll find ways to continually find balance. Eventually you won’t have to work at it, it will become a lifestyle.
The key is in finding the balance.