In Pursuit of a Balanced Life

Posted on January 5, 2012 with No Comments

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” -Thomas Kinkade

Healthy You

In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to learn the skills of extreme multi-tasking, sleep deprivation, delaying joy, and others that defeat efforts for our health and well-being.  School and work can make it challenging to practice self-care, and learning to balance all of life’s many demands can be tricky.

Although striking such a balance is no easy feat, even the President of The United States of America finds time to pull away from his demanding job.  The new year is a great time to begin implementing strategies to help you stay centered through all of life’s obstacles and prioritize the things that matter most to you.

Here are some tips for striking your own balance:

  • Identify your interests, skills, and values- reflecting on what’s important to you can help you assess what areas of your life need attention
  • Create manageable “To-Do” lists- develop a list of tasks and give yourself reasonable time to accomplish what you’ve laid out
  • Use a calendar or planner- by blocking out time for work, school, social activities, exercise and other parts of your day, you’ll give yourself a visual reminder of what balance means to you
  • Reserve time for ample sleep- 7-9 hours is generally advisable
  • Eat balanced meals- the new “MyPlate” icon, developed by the USDA, gives basic guidelines for balancing your meals

Balance takes practice, but the benefits are well worth the effort.  Here’s to a balanced, peaceful, joyful you!

~Ashley

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