Stressed out? Trying to balance work, family and fit in a little exercise? Overwhelmed by it all? I totally get it, I was there too- in fact I was so stressed out trying to balance my teaching job, home, and family that it started causing me to be sick and depressed! Thankfully, I learned some helpful tips and I was able to find balance in this world that can be so unbalanced at times! Now, I want to share with you 5 simple and easy tips that can help you start to find your balance, so that you can live out your purpose and start DREAMING BIG AGAIN!
I always used to feel that I didn't have time for journaling, meditating, etc. I honestly wanted sleep more than "me time". But then I decided to give it a try. I would set my alarm to get up a 1/2 hour earlier than need. I started to love this time to myself- to stretch, pray, meditate, read, write, and to practice gratitude. I realized that I did have the time, it just was that I wasn't prioritizing, I would stay up late doing school work or scrolling social media. I started to go to bed a little earlier. We all have 24 hours a day. We decide what is important, and what we can fit into our schedules.
Even it the darkest hours, there is always something to be grateful for. When I was going through my most difficult moments, it was gratitude that helped me through. Every morning I would write down 3 things that I was grateful for. It can be your husband, your kids, your dog, a warm bed or a roof over your head. Sometimes you have to dig deep. And then, something wonderful starts to happen. You start to find gratitude in even the smallest moments, like a bird chirping outside your window, or a sunset in the summer. Gratitude fills your heart and life, and you start to see things in a more positive light.
Did you know that when people set New Years Resolutions, only 8% off those people meet them? They have these big lofty goals, and no realistic plan to put them in place. Setting goals for yourself is a marvelous thing, it means that you have plans and dreams.
So, let'd do it! Grab a notebook and on your notebook label it MY GOALS. After you have created your SMART goals, you will use this notebook as a "to do" list for meeting your goals. Before you go to bed each night, write down 3 things that you can do the next day to help you meet your goals. Do you want to lose 10 pounds? What can you do tomorrow to help you achieve that goal? Can you go for a walk? Make some healthy snacks? Drink more water. Each day, as you check off the items on your "to do" list, you will be closer to reaching your goal!