With Pina-Coladas in our rearview and Pumpkin Spice Lattes up ahead, it’s time to shift gears, beverage and otherwise. Summer was all about relaxation for me. Taking the time to enjoy the sun and fun promised to me all winter long. And I honestly did, without regrets. Relaxation mode, while necessary, also slowed me down with my goals. I tend to operate in an all-or-nothing in life: I’m all in, and then I burn out.
If you’re like me, finding balance is a challenge. Giving yourself permission to rest when you’re in the zone can be as hard as getting back on the treadmill when you’ve been off for too long. I get it. Like the saying, a body in motion stays in motion, habits in motion stay in motion. They stick. Finding balance and having the best of both worlds can seem impossible when you get in the habit of working too much or relaxing too much.
But it’s not. Now’s the time to press that reset button and start over. Get back to basics…back to balance. Being in balance leads to feelings of peace, joy, and happiness. Let the change in season spark a habit change, moving you toward happiness.
For balance to happen, you need to be productive, and you need to rest. One without the other will throw you into an unhealthy cycle of all or nothing. To get yourself out, start small. Commit to the minimum work you need to be productive, then commit to rest. You can do this daily, allotting yourself time for both. Or you can do it weekly, like me. I’m off Saturdays and Sundays from EVERYTHING. I cram it all in my Monday through Friday to relax on the weekends with no commitments and full engagement in my relaxation and fun.
I encourage you to try both methods and others and see what works for you. Email me to let me know how it goes: [email protected] Then keep it going! If you have an off week, no worries, start again on Monday. Like with any successful outcome, it’s about resiliency. Nothing is perfect, but if you commit to balancing, you will find it.
To read more about the relationship between balance in life and happiness, check out this article, “The Key to Happiness is a Balanced Life.”
Getting back to balance is all about taking care of yourself. This recovering workaholic, people-pleasing, self-neglecter promises you that change IS possible. And it all starts with a CHOICE to choose YOU.
You can do it! I’m here for you!