It got me thinking about what I could do to help myself stay on track. Here are the seven tips I came up with.
1. Maintain ‘me’ time
The big and the small ‘me’ time things like continuing to go to the gym even though sometimes I was tired, or taking the time to quietly sip that cup of tea and savour the taste and just be for 10 minutes.
2. Keep hydrated and eat well
Every morning I drink two big glasses of water when I first get up to re-hydrate myself. To save time I’ll cook a big batch of something and freeze it, which makes dinner quick on those particularly tiring days.
3. Release guilt
This is a big one. I want to do more, I feel like I “should” be doing more. That “should” can be so destructive. To counter the “should” I remember that I always do my best, I always have the best of intentions, and I recognise that my best will vary from day to day.
4. Listen to music and sing along
I find it therapeutic to listen to music and I like to mix it up a bit too. It can go from motown to jazz to classical at any time of the day. It is such a release to sing out loud.
5. Share your thoughts with friends or family
My friends and family have been on the other end of the phone, listening, comforting and supporting me at various times. Remember, it is ok to ask for help and to share your fears and frustrations.
My Junk Journal is never far away and I continue to write every day. It is my safe place to release a lot of the stuff that comes up, particularly from tip three.
7. Practice gratitude
I always take the time to appreciate something positive in my life and write about it in the yellow gratitude section of my Junk Journal. It can be as simple as hearing birdsong, right up to the big stuff like a hug from my parents.
I find that practicing these seven things helps me to maintain my well-being and keep my energy levels consistent. Bringing my awareness back to now really allows me to improve my mindset.
What about you? Do you have any tips to share on how you maintain your balance?