I hope that you are having a fantastic day and a great week so far. It is finally Thursday!
Yesterday was my first day back to work after D and I got back from a short vacation up North. It was nice to get away for a little bit but first day back to work is always the hardest.
As the title implies, balance is one of those things I have been struggling to find for what feels like quite a while now. I will say it has definitely gotten better but I have had to really fight to make it possible some days. Since the company I work for consists of a small team, the expectations for each of us is high which means it is not your typical 9-5.
One thing that has really driven me to find balance is my health. Over the past year I have been dealing with being sick on and off with sinus infections as well as a stress rash. While this was not necessarily fun, this last round of sinus infections (yes, that is plural) made me realize that I needed to practice some better habits in the form of self-care.
For the longest time, the idea of self-care was something I balked at and felt was not something that I had the time for. Now, I am fully aware that I need to take a break every once in a while and breathe.
My top 5 tips for finding balance are:
- Make yourself a priority. I know, I would scoff at that one time and wonder to myself, “when will I find the time to make me a priority”, but I am here to tell you that you NEED to make you a priority. All the people in your world who rely on you to be there for them need you to take care of yourself. Even if you just take 30 minutes and get your nails done or sit on the couch in your sweatpants watching Real Housewives, you will be doing yourself a favor!
- Make a to-do list. I am a list girl. If you were to look in my purse right now, there are probably 5 lists that I am actively working on and that does not count the one on my desk at work or the one on my desk at home. For me, list making is a great way to feel a little less stressed. I often refer to it as a “brain dump”, which is when I take all the little thoughts or ideas and just write them all out so they are on paper and I can organize them into something constructive. I sometimes take it a step further and color code it so that I know what is work related and what is personal. (Have a great tip on list making? Share it with me!!)
- Go For a walk. Sometimes just getting outside is the best thing for you. The other day I got off work a little early and was able to get outside in the sunshine for a walk with my sister. I don’t know if it was the endorphins, the company or the sunshine or maybe a combination of it all, but I found myself feeling a little bit lighter on my feet and quite a bit happier than I was at the beginning of the day. Elle Woods put it best- Endorphins Make You Happy!
- Celebrate every accomplishment. You are amazing!! Read it again! You are amazing! I don’t care if all you did today was get out of bed and make a cup of coffee… you are rocking it! Celebrate your accomplishments, even if they are small.
- Have Fun! Try to do something fun every single day. It doesn’t need to cost money or even require leaving the house. If your idea of fun is dancing around the living room listening to Bon Jovi, get it girl!
How do you practice self-care?
Any good tips for finding balance?