Balance can be difficult. I mean honestly, what is the right combination of a career, family life and social life? It’s probably a question we have all asked ourselves at one point. I am always hearing complaints from friends about their struggles with balancing their lives, and I too am guilty of complaining. Trying to juggle home, work, friends, achievement, personal downtime, takes a toll and can make you feel like you are being pulled in all a million directions. Does it have to be this way? The answer is simply, No. Think about the word balance it means all sides are equivalent. I mean really, that’s insane to think it’s even possible. Life is just not that way and you really don't want it to be. There are moments in life that give you an abundance of gratification and reward and there will always be things that may drain you. Balancing these will force you to give equal time to all activity regardless of reason.
My approach is balance, because that is unattainable. Rather, I integrate. What Really Matters? So many of us try to serve the needs of those around them without considering their own minimal needs. No wonder we are all exhausted In the grand scheme of things, you can give more from being strong and happy than you can from being weak and bitter. Another way I have seen this explained is you can not pour from an empty cup.
Sit down and really ponder on what in your life gives you energy and strength. Make these a priority in your life. Do them more often! I know what you’re thinking, I don’t want to be viewed as being selfish. Ask yourself this, be happy and drown out the chatter or be miserable and receive pity. Self care wins every time. Trust me on this! Think before you commit. You don’t always have to say yes to everything all of the time.
Make happiness, wellness and self care a priority!