Balance: practice + aim

I saw a quote on balance posted on Facebook a couple weeks ago. I loved the message so much that I decided to create my own version to be printed and framed. When I shared it with my mom, she asked me to create one for her as well. This is what we came up with. 

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With my “type A” personality, finding balance has always been a work in progress for me. I constantly have a to-do list in my head and am on a mission to get each thing checked off as soon as I possibly can. In my mind, completing each task as fast I can provides less stress and more happiness. But in reality it ends up doing the exact opposite causing unnecessary stress and anxiety.

I have learned through many experiences in my life (nutrition, fitness, wife-hood and mama-hood) that balance is beyond important. And just like everything else in life, balance needs to be practiced daily to achieve its ultimate benefits. In my opinion, those benefits are peace and joy.

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Here are just a few tips I’ve gathered from friends, family and other resources that remind me of balance on a daily basis:

  1. Do something your future self will thank you for everyday. As a mama, we sometimes feel guilty about taking time for ourselves.  But we shouldn’t! Whether it’s working out, painting your nails, reading a favorite book or devotion, or taking advantage of a friend or relative to babysit while you run to Target by yourself. Taking a bit of time to do something that recharges your battery will allow you to approach life with a bit more joy.
  2. It’s okay to say “no”. Don’t stretch yourself too thin with commitments. Be mindful about those you select and make sure they fit into your priorities.
  3. Take advantage of downtime. Most people think they don’t have it but would be surprised they actually do. Once the day is done and the kids are in bed, turning off the TV and putting down your phone to just rest your mind for five to ten minutes is extremely valuable. My husband is actually great at reminding me to do this. Thank you babe!
  4. One thing at a time! I don’t know about you, but I often find myself getting easily distracted with tasks. I’ll be folding laundry, run to use the bathroom and find myself Windex-ing the bathroom mirror instead of finishing the laundry. Sound familiar? Sometimes I find it helpful to write my to-do list on a piece of paper and force myself to cross off each thing as I go to keep me in line. P.S. It’s okay if we don’t finish the to-do list. Part of taking one thing at a time is also not taking yourself too seriously and allowing yourself step down from trying to achieve “Supermom” (or Superwoman) status. We are “super”  just by  being moms.
  5. Make time to focus on your breath. I find that practicing different breathing techniques throughout the day clears my mind and re-energizes my spirit. Here is a quick and easy technique I learned from my acupuncturist…inhale four counts, hold your breath seven counts and exhale 8 counts. Repeat three to four times per practice, two to three times a day. 
I hope you find the above quote and tips to be as helpful in reminding you of balance as they continue to be for me. It’s all about practice and aim!
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“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:33-34

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17

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