Life is Busy – that is a fact of life these days! Technology, work, family, friends, even retirement is busy! TIME or lack thereof, seems to be the #1 problem that we face in our lives. We are overworked, stressed and anxious about all manner of things and with stress and anxiety our health can suffer.
How do we find Balance and get off the treadmill of life?
At 55 I was fortunate enough to take early retirement.
“Fantastic!” I thought – “I’ll have time to do things that I want to do at my own pace after working full time for most of my working life”.
My husband was happy as he had retired and was looking forward to us spending more time together including travelling and having fun.
After two months reality hit – what was I going to do?
I’m not ‘old’ but I certainly started to feel that way – I needed to do something! Whilst I love travelling you can’t do that all the time (unfortunately).
I started writing ‘To Do’ lists, Bucket lists and took on three consulting jobs including teaching myself how to build websites for small business plus also spending quality time with my daughter and gorgeous new grandson while she was on maternity leave.
I was busier than when I was working and stressed as well trying to fit everything in!! I needed more BALANCE (yes, there is that word) in my life.
My problem was I had retired without a plan and after being defined by my work for so long I didn’t know who I really was anymore. I rushed about trying to fill in every waking moment instead of really thinking what I wanted in life.
For those still working, especially if you have a family, it is a constant battle to prioritise so you can achieve some sort of balance and happiness.
Life is short – do something about creating balance, for a happier, healthier lifestyle .
Finding Balance to create a healthier lifestyle Over 50
There are three main areas of life to help us achieve BALANCE. Not only do we need to keep balance in life for our mental health but also our physical and spiritual health.
Balance Your Time
The old adage tells us ‘If you want something done, give it to a busy person’.. It means that usually busy people get things done. We all have the same number of hours in a week so why do some people achieve more than others – including time to enjoy their life? The answer? They have a PLAN and Schedule their time effectively.
Try this exercise – Write down all you do in a day or a week that includes all areas of your life. Once you recover from the shock of all that you do, examine what you have written. Are there any areas you can tweak to free up your time?
Balance Your Mindset
To have a balanced, healthy and happy lifestyle you need to be balanced in your mindset. If your mind is overcrowded with the stresses of life, you can’t think clearly, let alone find or make the time for relaxing and enjoyment.
Try this exercise – Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and breathe deeply in and out for 5 minutes. Try to clear your mind of all thoughts. I know it is hard but if you persevere you will feel so much lighter.
A busy lifestyle can present stresses and anxieties which can become overwhelming – even though individually they may be small. Our mind becomes tired and finds it difficult to cope. Try to have the attitude of “What is the worst that can happen?” – it will certainly put things into perspective.
Balance Your Body
Part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle is finding balance in your exercise and food choices. Exercise is a great stress reliever and we should exercise most days. Walk, run, yoga, dance, swim whatever, just do some movement that you enjoy.
On the flip side though, sometimes we can actually push our bodies to the limit. At this time, you need to ‘Listen to your Body’ and if it is giving you signs that it is tired take a rest day and nurture yourself. There is such a thing as doing too much exercise!
Eating a well balanced diet means that you can still enjoy ‘treats’. I love food and there is no reason you need to live on lettuce leaves alone. The secret is to use the 80/20 rule. Eat wholesome food with lots of vegetables, 80% of the time and relax a little for the other 20%.
Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed so you can have your cake and eat it too – within reason!
Over the next month I will be writing a series of articles about different ways we can bring Balance to our lives…..so watch this space……
In the meantime, here are some easy ways you can start finding some BALANCE NOW!
1. Take a step back to reality and reassess –
- Where are you and where do you want to be?
- What can you change to find balance in your life?
2. Prioritise YOUR LIFE – determine what your non-negotiables are
3. Plan your dreams if you don’t plan for them they may never happen
4. Learn to say ‘No’ without feeling guilty
5. ‘Me Time’ make time to nurture yourself
6. Enjoy the moment and ‘just be’
7. Reduce ‘Gathering Overload’ – do you download information, subscribe to receive mail and never use it? Stop ‘Gathering Overload’ and be more discerning. A good place to start is to address your ‘Inbox’. What is important? Delete or unsubscribe the rest.
It has took me some time to adjust to my new life but I am enjoying my Third Age.
How do you find Balance in your life? Do you need to make some changes to achieve a healthier and more balanced lifestyle?
I’m linking up to Zen Tip Tuesday #ZTT with Min from Write of the Middle. Why not check out the other contributions in the link up HERE.