We make things way too hard for ourselves, way too complicated including how we live our lives.

The demands we put on ourselves, in addition, to the demands that others put on us, leave us with a feeling of imbalance, as if we were standing on a teeter-tooter, trying hard to keep stable yet we know if we lean the wrong way, we’ll fall off.

Everyone strives to find that perfect ‘balance’ in their life, that is, if there really is such a thing. Instead, it might really be more about how you view the situations or tasks that arise and what priorities you place on them.  (If you didn’t catch my recent blog on balance and life, you can check it out here.)

There is one wonderful thing about being you: YOU have control over how you react, what rhythms you put into place and how you go about making the necessary changes to bring some harmony and balance to your own teetor-totter life.

The following article gives you some simple steps you can start with right now. Let me know which ones you decide to use.

Five Simple Steps For Creating Balance In Your Life

Life, in many ways, is a balancing act – walking a tightrope and constantly juggling between work, home, money, health, and relationships. In a bid to accomplish our goals and to succeed on all fronts, we often fail to understand the importance of having balance in our lives.

Maintaining a well-balanced life isn’t just crucial for your health, happiness, and well-being but also essential for boosting productivity, managing stress, and unleashing your true potential.

So, how can you achieve balance? Here are five easy ways to get you started:

Take a break: Take some time off to unwind. Relax and recharge. It could be a couple of hours a day or during the weekends. Switch off your laptops and smartphones and engage. Read a book, meditate, go for a jog or talk to a loved one. I know, I know: You want to see who pinged you five minutes ago or check how many people double-tapped on your latest Instagram post. But it’s important to note that all of these things can wait.

Similarly, don’t trade your sleep for work. Overworking or overthinking about work-related issues at home doesn’t just elevate stress, it also kills productivity and can damage your relationships. Once you’re done for the day, take your mind off work.

Embrace a healthy lifestyle: Your health is bound to affect every other aspect of your life. It’s important to invest in your physical and mental wellbeing. Eat healthy, get enough sleep, stay hydrated, and work out regularly.

Avoid negativity: Adopting a positive mindset and staying away from negative influences is essential for inner peace and happiness. Stay away from toxic people as much as possible. Practice gratitude, avoid self-criticism, and do at least one thing every day that makes you happy.

Learn to prioritize: Creating balance isn’t about cramming in as many things as you can in your everyday life. It is about examining what is important (and what isn’t) and evaluating how much time and energy you should invest in things that matter to you. Is it really necessary to answer work email while you’re at a family dinner party? Is buying that fancy fragrance more important than saving money for a down payment on your dream home? Assess your priorities regularly to stay focused, effectively manage your time, and prevent burnout.

Pamper yourself: Occasionally spending some time to #Treatyoself can do wonders for your mood, mental health, and self-esteem. Once in a while, set aside some time just for yourself. Schedule a spa visit, go shopping for fun, or eat at your favorite restaurant. And if you want to unwind without making a dent in your bank account, listen to some music, take a long bubble bath, or just sleep in.

Now, get up, and start incorporating these changes in your routine today. You’ll feel the difference.

Originally published on Forbes.com http://bit.ly/2GH2zC1

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