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Adopt These Natural Ways to Destress and Balance Your Life

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Life is demanding, and it’s very easy to feel that life is out of control. But there are natural ways to destress. Fortunately, you have a choice.

You can bring balance to your life if you make it a priority.

It’s easy to spend all day chasing objectives, only to feel that you’ve accomplished nothing at the end of day. Thankfully, re-balancing your life is possible.

A balanced life can be meaningful, interesting, and invigorating.

Try these natural ways to destress and create balance in your life:

  1. Learn to be more patient.

    Your life might be more balanced that you realize, but it’s hard to see it if you’re impatient. A lack of patience makes every situation more challenging. However, a little patience makes many challenging situations manageable. Impatience is one way you agitate yourself. You also make yourself less capable in the moment.

  1. Buy in Moderation.

    It’s very easy in today’s world to buy more things than you need and take on more responsibilities than you can manage. Every extra item and responsibility in your life can create imbalance. Eliminate the superfluous and bring more harmony into your life.

  2. Give your health a priority.

    When life gets hectic, our first response is to sacrifice ourselves for everyone and everything else. This is a mistake. Without good health, life becomes very unbalanced. If you don’t give your health the priority it deserves, your resulting bad health will eventually get your full attention.

  1. Create a schedule that includes downtime.

    Downtime isn’t just the time that’s left over after your responsibilities are completed. Downtime is something you do on purpose. Plan for it. Make time for it. Knowing you have a break scheduled in the near future will motivate you to spend your time more effectively.

  2. Get started early.

    It’s challenging to start the day and common to procrastinate. Time is such a valuable resource. When you use it effectively and it can be one of the best natural ways to destress. It’s possible to increase your wealth or to receive more love, but we’re all limited to 24 hours. Once you fall behind, the entire day is out of balance. Get started on your day with a purpose and the rest will fall into place.

  1. Spend time on the activities that mean the most to you.

    Your family is likely a priority, but what else do you find meaningful? Hiking? Playing the violin? Reading? Working isn’t the only priority in life. The more time you’re able to spend on enjoyable stress management activities, the more you’ll enjoy your life.

  2. Spend time on your relationships.

    This includes, but isn’t limited to, your romantic relationships. Keep up with your friends and extended family too. It takes time, but you’re probably wasting time on something less meaningful, like television.

  3. Get enough sleep.

    Do you sleep less than seven hours each night? Even if you’re highly successful, you could be doing even better. Studies have shown that performance increases for many tasks, both physical and mental, when subjects receive at least seven hours of sleepIf you don’t have time for seven hours, it’s time to reexamine your priorities.

  1. Make yourself your biggest priority.

    When you take good care of yourself, you can take better care of others. When you’re at your best, your performance at work is at its highest. It might seem selfish to prioritize your own needs and happiness, but everyone in your life will benefit from this mindset.

Define what having a “balanced life” means to you.

Balancing your life will be impossible until you clarify what balance means to you.

  1. How much time would you spend at work to be perfectly balanced?
  2. Do you spend enough time at home to be perfectly balanced?
  3. How many leisure hours do you need each week to be perfectly balanced?
  4. How would you spend those hours?

Create a well-balanced life by using natural ways to destress and by choosing your priorities wisely.

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Use the comment box below to share your thoughts with me on these two questions:

  1. Is the amount of time you spend at work balanced?
  2. What can you do to create more balance in your life?
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8 Comments

  1. Jennifer Antolak says:

    Trying to find balance is definitely a challenge to say the least. I’m a working mother and I’m divorced so it can be hard to juggle everything at times. But I always try to make time to attend my kids school and social events and I make sure we eat dinner together as a family when they’re home with me. We also do movie nights too. I think I could use my alone time more effectively, especially by unplugging from the internet and my phone.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Jennifer, it sounds like you are doing a great job balancing your work-home life as a divorced working mom. When it comes to unplugging from the internet, you are definitely not alone. It’s an ongoing challenge for me too! 🙂 I have scheduled times when I do volunteer work, so that gets me off the phone, off the internet and out of the house! I know others are depending on me, so canceling is not an option. Find something you REALLY would enjoy doing during your alone time. Then plan and schedule your downtime like you would any other important appointment then stick to it! That’s the key to success.

  2. Penelope Grey says:

    I love this balanced life checklist. It is easy to think, “I need to get my life in balance!” But then what does that really mean to me? This is a great way to really evaluate that. Doing this has helped me make some decisions and initiate some real changes in my life. For example, I know that I am spending way too many hours working and not nearly enough time taking care of myself. It is so true what you said, “When you take good care of yourself, you can take better care of others.” Amen sister!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Glad you liked the checklist, Penelope. Many women struggle with work-life balance, and most of them want to be able to bring more balance and happiness into their lives. They just may not know how to do it and how to follow through on decisions to initiate real changes in life. That’s why I’ve created a Course to teach women how to put create a Happy, Healthy Balanced Life in only 28 days, with tools, checklists, and guidance to help them do just that!

  3. Charla Finn says:

    This blog really helps me see that I need to develop more patience in my life! I get so anxious when things don’t come together when I think that they should, and I have a hard time enduring through things that in retrospect are pretty temporary. It is hard for me to see the big picture sometimes. I know that having some more patience will help me be less stressed, especially when it comes to my children. Another thing that would help me is to get more sleep, everything is more stressful when you are low on sleep! Thank you for this list, Darlene, it helps me narrow down just a few things that I can do to destress my life now.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Charla, guess what? I am working on being more patient too! Its a constant struggle for me. As a type-A personality, #11 on this list definitely applies to me!!! I use a few techniques when I feel myself getting impatient. I do deep breathing, which calms me down instantly. Or…I count to ten…very very slowly! It’s amazing, but it works! Try it next time you feel yourself getting impatient and let me know if it helps you.

  4. Aurelie Dupont says:

    Ah Darlene, I need to start getting up earlier and scheduling my days better! I abhor scheduling, and I have been avoiding making and keeping a strict schedule for a long time now, but it is starting to catch up with me. I have been working full time at a laboratory for many years now, and I recently decided that I need to go back to school to advance my education so that I can move up in my company. I will be starting grad school in the Fall, and I am already starting to feel overwhelmed by how much I will have to do keeping up with my job and my schoolwork, not to mention my family and home life responsibilities. I am feeling kind of intimidated by the thought of it all honestly…I am not really sure how I am going to get it all done! Any suggestions that you think may make my life easier would be welcome:)

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Hi Aurelie, Congratulations on your decision to go back to school to advance your education. You have a full load ahead of you starting in the fall when grad school begins. It will call for lots of organization. Fortunately, there are lots of time management tools and planners that can help you keep your home life, grad school life, and work life in order. Take a look at these great, affordable options. I suggest you make that cost effective investment to keep every area of your life organized. Hope that helps. Much success in grad school! 🙂

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