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Balance. That’s a loaded word in my world. Right now, there is no balance in my life and I’m feeling it. I make my living as a freelance writer and blogger. I have also started this blog in recent weeks, which I hope to be working on full-time by this time next year.
On top of normal business, there has been a serious illness in the family. With so much going on at the moment, I have lost the balance that I thrive on, and once you get off track, it always seems so hard to get back on it.
I did make it to the gym, today, but now I’m laying on the couch with my feet up in the air writing this post. So, how do you find balance amidst chaos? I’m going to talk about that.
You have to prioritize in order to achieve balance! Write down your obligations and responsibilities, if need be. Sometimes seeing your responsibilities will put things in perspective for you.
Faith and Family Responsibilities
Along with my faith, family is my top priority. When one of my family members are ill, it is important to be ready and willing to do what you can and show one other support.
School, Work, and Bills
Following family, should be your bills and financial obligations. I don’t get paid for writing for One Day to Tomorrow right now, so freelance took precedence over blogging this week. I have paid the bills, so now that item is checked off the list.
Relationships and Self Care
My relationships, health, and happiness come next. The hubby and I watched a movie in the theater for the first time yesterday in over a year! Just the two of us. Tonight, I made it back to the gym for the first time in a week, which I feel good about.
Anything that doesn’t fall into the above categories gets pushed down the list to this category. If you want to go shopping, play video games, or anything else you can imagine, it can wait.
Get Some Rest
Make time to rest, even if it is just a few minutes here or there. Without rest, you won’t be of much use to anyone. You also can’t be as productive if you don’t have a clear head. Aim for a bare minimum of seven hours sleep per night, but preferably, get eight hours or more.
You can’t be everywhere at once, so delegate any tasks that others can handle. Give some responsibilities and chores to other people who are able to do them. Be reasonable and don’t take advantage of the situation. However, don’t be afraid to ask for help, when needed either.
Find a New Rhythm to Life
Once you find a rhythm to your days and nights, you can reclaim the responsibilities you delegated to others and find the balance you need as you go. Don’t try to take on too much at once, but try to get back to as close to normal as you can until things level back out.
What do you think? What are your tips and advice for finding balance when life happens? Let others know your best ideas in the comments section below. If you liked this post, you can sign up for post alerts on the sidebar and the Newsletter before you leave! Thanks so much for reading!