Balance and self-care are popular terms these days, but what do they really mean?
It’s easy to feel strung out and overwhelmed lately – but if you’re taking care of yourself then it’s easier to mitigate those feelings. Start by asking yourself: Am I eating right? Am I sleeping enough? Am I drinking too much or watching too much TV? Am I finding time to consciously decompress?
If you’re not satisfied with any of your answers to those questions then here’s what you need to do to get balance back.
First, make a list of all of the habits in your life that you could change for the better. Maybe you drink a little too much too often, or maybe you’re always scrolling on your phone late into the night. Whatever it may be, recognize the things in your life that are keeping you from being healthy and focused and start mindfully cutting back on them.
Then, think about what good habits you would like to develop and add more of the healthy habits that you enjoy. Hiking, playing a musical instrument, or doing yoga could all be activities that you already enjoy and that you can use as a way to treat yourself.
Now you can start replacing negative habits with positive ones. The trick is to be intentional. Maybe watching television really is a great way for you to unwind and recharge. In that case, be conscious about the fact that you’re watching in order to relax and take care of yourself. Doing an activity mindlessly does not make it rejuvenating – it makes it a distraction. But any activity, when done right, can be used to achieve more balanced living. Just be aware of why you’re doing it!
Remember, don’t try to change all the bad habits at once. Begin by choosing one of the negative habits you listed and replace that habit with something better for you that enjoy doing. For example, if you watch a lot of television, you could decide to go for a walk or read a book instead of picking up the remote.
Take advantage of my balance planning tool at balance.tips and in just 10 minutes you can build a schedule that incorporates with self-care into your busy life. Take care of yourself and I guarantee you’ll start feeling more healthy, productive and motivated in no time.
Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, a training company specialized in providing companies an ROI on Balanced Leadership. She has been named one of 50 must-follow women entrepreneurs by the Huffington Post. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, she bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly successful global business and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal.
Beate works with business leaders and supports organizations by developing and providing training the training, tools, and expertise to create and maintain a balanced, equal, and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity, employee engagement, and corporate growth.
Recent clients include Merck, Women’s Legislative Caucus of California, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), NFTE, CreativeLive, the Association of Corporate Growth, and TracyLocke.
Beate is the author of the #1 International Amazon Bestseller “Happy Woman Happy World – How to Go From Overwhelmed to Awesome” a book that corporate trainer and best-selling author Brian Tracy calls “a handbook for every woman who wants health, success and a fulfilling career.
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