Finding Balance Again

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Finding Balance Again


 


Hmm, maybe starting this here blog during the holiday season wasn’t the brightest idea I’ve ever had, especially considering that I’ve always struggled with finding balance in my life. I’m more of an “all or nothing” type of gal. Workout consistently hard for a month or two & then not at all for even longer. Eat healthy {or restrict} for a couple of months & then eat horrible! But right now I’m really a hot mess & so is my house, my health, etc.

When I first started this blog, the day after Thanksgiving, I was so into it that I sometimes forgot to eat all together. I began staying up until 3:00 a.m. & now my sleep cycle completely $*&%#!. Simply put, I’ve been neglectful in a lot of areas of my life. And now I feel overwhelmed & frazzled! {don’t worry, my daughters are still alive… & rotten as ever!} Anyhow…


 


We all find ourselves at least a little unbalanced from time to time.

How do we get back on track?

Lucky for you {really me}, my therapist answered this question today! So it’s kind of like you’re getting FREE THERAPY… You’re Welcome 😉

If we can decipher which chore will give us the most relief when it’s accomplished & then knock that one out first, that’s ideal. But sometimes we get paralyzed by the sheer volume of it all that just doing anything is a win. Have you heard of “analysis paralysis”? {Yea, that’s me.} It’s easy to make a list of things we need to do or simply say to ourselves, “I need to do this,” but that’s not likely to change anything. We already know what needs to be done.

We have to break things down into realistic, actionable steps, & moderation is key for sustainability!

Rather than simply saying, “I need to workout” -plan out how to successfully make it happen. This entails anticipating what our personal hurdles may be; what might prevent it from happening.

Actionable Step: Most weekday mornings I will walk on the treadmill for 30 mins. If I feel like doing more, great! If not, fine! It’s a start & something to build on. Eventually I intend to do more, but when I take a step back & try to anticipate what my hurdles may be, I see that if I initially take on too much that I’m not likely to stick with it. Obviously, walking 30 mins. is better than nothing. To make my mornings go as smoothly as possible, I’m going to lay out my workout gear the night before. That being said, it’s inevitable that there’s going to be mornings I’m just not feeling the treadmill, for whatever reason. No need to be hard on myself, there’s plenty of other things to be done! I can use that time to tackle something else on my list so that the morning isn’t a complete bust.

 Some things that sound counterproductive actually help us be more productive in the long run…  & the goal is finding balance soooo, we kind of need to be doing these things anyway. Such as, taking a break from all things electronic {lol, that’s crazy} & spending good ‘ol fashioned quality time with our families; carving out some alone time, taking time to do things that make us happy, etc.

Routines are great!… as long as they’re not too rigid & we don’t beat ourselves up for falling out of them once in a while. I used to have an awesome morning routine, that I intend to get back to. It involved reading daily meditations & making a gratitude list, all before I had any contact with another human being so I felt as though I started the day in a good frame of mind. One thing at a time though!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a million chores to do but I’m only going to do one… for now!

Did you get anything out of my therapy session? How do you keep your life balanced?


Krista-Lee-Pfeiffer :: Blogger & Creator of The Sunny Shadow


2 comments on “
Finding Balance Again
  1. Michelle says:

    Great post, especially this time of year! I am SO guilty of “analysis paralysis”…..my list gets so big that I don’t know where to start & I feel completely overwhelmed. Then….nothing. The only thing I was successful with is becoming stressed out! Thanks for the tips….tasks don’t seem so daunting when they are looked at individually! I will definitely put this to use & give it a shot!

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