How to Create Life Balance


You open your phone and you’re instantly bombarded by notifications.

There’s a new voicemail, missed calls, comments on your Facebook, activity on your Instagram, texts from friends asking you to go out, and at least a dozen unread emails.

And that’s just what’s happening on your phone.

It seems there will never be enough time in the day to keep up with your hectic lifestyle. Your to-do list is permanently expanding and never complete.

Your body is screaming for a break from all this stimulation. Well, at least that is how I felt at the beginning of this year. So, I gave myself permission to take some time off, simplify and incorporate more joy into my life. Here are five tips I came up with that helped me create balance in my life, and I want to share them with you.

1.  Turn it off.  

Easier said than done--and it can take a few days to get used to--but when you start your day by checking your phone, you're setting yourself up to be scattered and reactive rather than focused and productive.

2.  Trim the to-do list.

Rather than trying to get everything done everyday and then beating yourself up for not getting it all done, focus on the simple tasks that have to be done that day and don't worry about the rest. It will get done.

3.  Pay attention to your health.

Self-care is physical and psychological. Make time for yourself and your wellbeing, whatever this means to you. Whether it's starting a yoga practice or a meditation practice or checking out a dance class, take care of ALL of you.

4.  Spend time alone.

When we're always out or with friends, we're giving our energies out into the world. Take some time for yourself, alone, and turn some of that energy inward to yourself.

5.  Expand your awareness.

Start a new hobby or class. Learn a new language. Revisit an old passion and make time for things you enjoy.

These 5 tips helped me experience balance for myself. What does balance look like for you?  Take twenty minutes to reflect on this and find a time to implement it for 2 weeks or 2 months (or more!) and see how your life can change.

Jeanne Verger