9 Strategies to Bring More Balance into Your Life

9 Strategies to Bring More Balance into Your Life

I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time. ~Oprah Winfrey

By far the question I receive the most is this: How do you balance it all?

Busy moms are constantly feeling the strain of life’s demands. We’re called to do many things and are often pulled in different directions all at once.

Adding to that is the unrealistic idea of what balance truly means. And what it looks like for YOU. This makes is very easy to feel that life is out of control.

But you have a choice.

You can bring balance to your life if you make it a priority. Rebalancing your life is absolutely possible.

Even when it’s busy and hectic, life can still be meaningful, interesting, and invigorating.

9 Strategies to Bring More Balance into Your Life

Try these 9 effective strategies to create balance in your life:

1. Learn to be more patient.

Your life might be more balanced that you realize, but it’s hard to see it if you’re impatient. A lack of patience makes every situation more challenging. A little patience makes many challenging situations manageable.

* Impatience is one way you agitate yourself. You also make yourself less capable in the moment.

2. Simplify.

It’s very easy in today’s world to buy more things than you need and take on more responsibilities than you can manage. Every extra item and responsibility in your life can create an imbalance. Eliminate the superfluous and bring more harmony into your life.

3. Give your health a priority.

When life gets hectic, our first response is to sacrifice ourselves for everyone and everything else. This is a mistake. Without good health, life becomes very unbalanced.

* If you don’t give your health the priority it deserves, your resulting bad health will eventually get your full attention. So be proactive.

4. Create a schedule that includes downtime.

Downtime isn’t just the time that’s left over after your responsibilities are completed. Downtime is something you do on purpose. Plan for it. Make time for it. Knowing you have a break scheduled in the near future will motivate you to spend your time more effectively.

5. Get started early.

It’s challenging to start the day and common to procrastinate. Time is such a valuable resource. It’s possible to increase your wealth or to receive more love, but we’re all limited to 24 hours. Once you fall behind, the entire day is out of balance.

* When you start your day with a firm purpose, the rest will fall into place.

6. Spend time on the activities that mean the most to you.

Your family is likely a priority, but what else do you find meaningful? Hiking? Playing the violin? Reading? Working isn’t the only priority in life. The more time you’re able to spend on enjoyable activities, the more you’ll enjoy your life.

7. Spend time on your relationships.

This includes, but isn’t limited to, your romantic relationships. Keep up with your friends and extended family too. It takes time, but you’re probably wasting time on something less meaningful, like television.

8. Get enough sleep.

Do you sleep less than seven hours each night? Even if you’re highly successful, you could be doing even better. Studies have shown that performance increases for many tasks, both physical and mental, when subjects receive at least seven hours of sleep.

* If you think you don’t have time for seven hours, it’s time to reexamine your priorities.

9. Make yourself your biggest priority.

When you take good care of yourself, you can take better care of others. When you’re at your best, your performance at work is at its highest. It might seem selfish to prioritize your own needs and happiness, but everyone in your life will benefit from this mindset.

The most important thing you can do is define what having a “balanced life” means to you. Until you do, it will be impossible to balance your life.

How much time would you like to spend at work or on your business? How much time would you want to spend at home? How many leisure hours do you need each week? How would you spend those hours?

The way you create a well-balanced life is by choosing your priorities purposefully – according to what matters the most to you.

Comments 54

  1. I struggled with finding a balance until I finished my PhD. My fiancé is having difficulty now. These suggestions seem easy enough except with his work schedule making time for things can be a major issue.

  2. “Create a schedule that includes downtime” —- I agree! I used to schedule everything and get nothing done. Now I put in a little downtime and I come back to chores more efficiently after a lil break.

  3. You seem to be so organized and free from stress. With all you do I don’t know how you accomplish all of this. I truly enjoy all your articles. Thank you so much for sharing. You have really helped me alon

  4. As a quiet Prepper, I find that honing my survival skills brings me peace of mind and some comfort. Even if one of the idiots Clinton OR Trump gets elected ( both will undoubtedly drag our country into another War), I’ll be able to survive.

  5. Yes! It’s so important for your well-being to have balance in your life. Thanks for these every day tips on how to achieve that.

  6. Great tips. Balance is important. Putting yourself first is equally important. If you don’t, who will??

  7. If you don’t make you a priority, no one else will. Took me years to figure that out. Glad your finding that to be true at a young age. If you always take a back seat to everyone else, people will treat you like you don’t matter and not even realize what they’re doing.

  8. Tangible and do-able list of ways to look after yourself and balance all your priorities (including your own needs). Thanks!

  9. I suffer from Borderliine Personality Disorder and balance is very hard for me. This post gave me some new ideas to try.

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  10. Many people need to check out this list. Health concerns are never important when a person is really healthy but when they become sick they understand how important it is to be well. Balance is a necessity.

  11. This article has been a God send to me. I have been trying to follow your suggestions and it has helped. Thank you again for sharing

  12. Thank you for these tips,.. I’m not able to cope up with the stress going on in my life,.. But I will try to follow atleast some of these,.

  13. Great ideas. My life has a heavy focus on work, and I’d love to make it more balanced. Thanks for this.

  14. I agree with everything you said. The hardest thing for me to do when I was raising my kids was to let go of the things I couldn’t control. It took me a while to pick my battles wisely. And let my kids have more control over solving their own disagreements.

  15. What a wonderful post, as usual. This is so great because it is so easy to be distracted by life and forget about what really matters!

  16. Great post! I think we almost always forget we must have that down time, to decompress and just be still.

  17. Thank you, thank you and thank you again for these reminders. I am the worst procrastinator, then I end up stressed because I’m short on time or running late, etc… And can’t blame anyone but myself. Priorities keep me balanced and that means NOT procrastinating. Thank you again for this post. I always need reminding and the inspiration which you are truly excellent in achieving.

  18. I am a psychologist and the patients that seem to have the hardest time with balance are the ones who take longer to improve. this is a great post!

  19. I really needed this article today. For some reason I have a hard time finding balance. Thank you so much for sharing this

  20. Amen, Amen, Amen to this! This is awesome and so needed. I have been struggling a while to find some balance in my life!

  21. My teen is going off to college in the fall (SOB) and she’s been my #1 since the day she was born. Now it’s time for ME and your balance ideas are perfect for what I”m starting to already do.

  22. There are three here that I need to work on in a major way: patience, activities that mean the most to me, and placing priority on myself. I feel better when I take a little time to blog, updated my pretty planner, read and get in a fast workout. I think I’m actually more patience and calm when I’ve had a little me time. However, it’s been awhile, so thanks for the reminder.

  23. Lovely and useful tips for everyday life. I love how you included a little downtime because I know people get too busy with life sometimes that we forget we need to a break every now and then.

  24. I’ve worked hard lately to nurture my in real life relationships. I actually deactivated my personal Facebook with over 700 friends to open a new account with 45 friends. All people I know, in real life, and love spending time with. I’ve had about 5 lunches with people I hadn’t seen in ages. Best thing I’ve ever done.

    Lee

  25. Oh, balance is so important. I agree that simplifying things is the way to go. Life is just too much on it’s own – it really helps to only worry about what you can control. I also agree that you should put your time into things that matter to you, and to make yourself a priority. I often forget to do this and I know it’s a huge problem – and I’d be a lot happier if I made time for myself. Love this reminder of what’s important!

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