It is essential to understand that balance does not mean equal. Trying to give an equal number of hours to each of your various work and personal activities is unrealistic. Life needs to be more fluid than that.
Your best balance will vary over time – often, from day to day. Your best balance when you are single will be different from when you are in a relationship or have children. When you are starting a new career it will be different from when you are getting near retirement.
Getting back in balance
When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, and activities that help you recharge.
If a date night with your spouse or a softball game with friends is on your calendar, you’ll have something to look forward to and an extra incentive to manage your time well so you don’t have to cancel.
There are two main keys to feeling good about your life. The first is achievement and the second is enjoyment.
You are in balance when you feel achievement and enjoyment in each of the main areas of your life; work, family, friends, and self, every day.
Live a balanced life
Take control by accepting responsibility for self-care and stress management in your personal and work life. “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me!”
Rather than over-committing yourself, respectfully say “No” when asked to do things for others that they ought to be doing for themselves. Know your limits and make them known to others. Saying “yes” to one thing, means saying “no” to something else.
Recharge your energy
Take time for a walk outdoors, a quiet place; enjoy a comforting (and healthy) beverage.
Take time to relax
Find moments during the day to retreat mentally and physically.
Talk to caring friends, family or a counsellor
Develop significant relationships with others who care about you.
Humor, laughter and “celebration” in your life. Celebrate relationships, honor your own efforts, notice other’s progress and tell them.
Ask for Help
Be willing to accept kindness, compassion, and assistance from others.