Finding Balance in a Lopsided World
Many of us find it a constant challenge to juggle the demands at work and home and still "have a life." The stress mounts. At the end of the day we often feel like, in an effort to get it all done, we didn't do anything as well as we would have liked. The report was a day late and you still missed most of your child's recital.
Would you like more balance in your life? What you think, feel, say (to yourself and others) and believe is true creates your reality. It's up to you to choose to create your reality by design and not default.
Here’s where to start.
Clean Out the Clutter. Clutter distracts and confuses us and drains our energy. The physical clutter of paperwork, books and office tools is easy to recognize and attend to once you set your mind to it. However, it's all the emotional clutter of regrets, resentments and unfulfilled promises that can keep us out of balance and rob us of our clarity. And then there's the clutter of unnecessary obligations and demanding people. The next time you're asked to serve on another committee or join one more association, remember that "No" is a complete sentence. Make a list of all your current volunteer activities and cross off the ones that no longer serve your highest good.
Stay Present. When we are mindful in our work and life, time seems to slow down and we enjoy each task more and do better work. Commit to avoid multi-tasking for an hour or two each day and then expand that time. Remember to "catch the gifts" of a job well done or genuine compliment before rushing off to the next thing on your list.
Engage the Law of Attraction. When we feel overwhelmed with a busy schedule, we tend to neglect our own needs. Soon, our vibrations (our feelings and emotions) are low and negative. We’re burned out. That leads to attracting other people and circumstances that vibrate at that same destructive level. It's a downward spiral that you want to avoid. By maintaining a high vibration, through taking good care of yourself, you will attract positive people and circumstances and that leads to a more balanced life.
Give Thanks Often. Since what we focus on expands, it makes sense to remind ourselves of what is going right and our successes. Writing in a gratitude journal at the end of most days prevents us from falling asleep with that never-ending to-do list playing in our heads. Finally, take the time to show appreciation to those who support your balance at work and home.
Start each day with a positive affirmation like, "I am divinely guided to make wise choices today and have all the time and energy I need."