As a young woman, it’s easy to feel the day to day pressure of society. How do I do it all? Where is there time to kick butt in my career, feed myself, hang out with friends, read whatever is popular at the moment and work out? Oh, and you expect me to sleep? What?!?! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious, especially with my go go go mentality but I’m beginning to understand how important it is to have balance these days.
What exactly do I do to stay balanced?
1. Make A List
I am a big list maker and I can say writing a list helps cut down my stress. I get overwhelmed easily, but writing everything down with a pen and a piece of paper helps calm me. Sure, I may have more things to do than hours in the day, but at least it’s on paper and now I can’t forget about anything. Also, there is something so satisfying about crossing something off manually with a pen.
2. Cut out what’s not important
How often do we do something, even though it’s not important? On my to do list I have about 15 things for this week but two of these items are actually watching different television shows. Is that important? No, it’s just something I enjoy and wanted to remind myself. But if push came to shove, and I had something to do more important like working out? You bet television would be the first thing to go. Sometimes, even if you want to do something, it’s not necessary and can go. When the going gets tough, anything not important can get going too. You’d be surprised what a waste time sucks like television and blog hopping can be. Okay in moderation, but make sure to limit it when you got stuff to do!
3. Remember You
One of my tricks to finding balance is remembering me. Yes, I need to get x,y and z done. Yes I have days when all I feel is rushed. But at the end of the day, I still have to answer to me and there is only me. I’m only one person, not five. A good friend told me once that sometimes, you can only do your best and move on. I try to make sure I do my best with what I’m given, reflect, and then move on. Sometimes you only have half an hour and that’s okay. Remember you and do what you can.
I hope my tips helped. Any readers have any helpful tips on finding balance you’d like to share?
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- Athena is the writer behind Serendipity’s Guide to Savings and resides in Las Vegas. When not drinking obnoxious amounts of Starbucks or plotting her next travel adventure without looking suspicious, she can be found being passionate about non-profits and Twitter as well. You should follow her @serendipity85