Finding balance in life and family is always a struggle for most people but most especially moms and then there is the “mom guilt” that many suffer when they fall short of being that “superwoman”.
Here are some things that we all should remember and implement in our lives.
1. It is never too late to start living a healthier lifestyle.
Most people do not think about a healthy lifestyle before they start having some health problems. If you look good, are young and your doctor has not warned you about anything – you can eat whatever you want, you do not have to exercise or protect your health in any way.
The truth is that the earlier you start healthy living the more problems you will be able to avoid in the future. It does not matter if you are 19 or 99, it is your responsibility to take care of what you have been blessed with – your body.
2. Don’t forget to schedule in some “Me” time.
It may sound obvious, but many of us forget to take time for ourselves. You are taking care of yourself by taking a break. It ensures you’ll have the energy to return to whatever other roles you play, whether as a parent or a professional, or whatever your roles in life generally are. Taking a little “me” time is an important part of managing life’s stresses.
3. Live in the Present.
Soak in as much of today as you possibly can – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the emotions, the triumph, and the sorrow.
4. Be Grateful.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” – William A. Ward
5. It’s okay to ask for help.
It is important to ask for help when you need it. It does not matter if you have had an operation, you are tired after a long day at work or you just can’t take all the responsibilities anymore. People who love you will be willing to help you because they care about you. Nobody expects you to be superman or superwoman. You can be strong and independent and yet enjoy the support of loving friends and family.
When life is busy, or all your energy is focused on a special project, it’s all too easy to find yourself “off balance”, not paying enough attention to important areas of your life. While you need to have drive and focus if you’re going to get things done, taking this too far can lead to frustration and intense stress.
That’s when it’s time to take a “helicopter view” of your life, so that you can bring things back into balance.
The Wheel of Life is a great tool to help you improve your life balance. It helps you quickly and graphically identify the areas in your life to which you want to devote more energy, and helps you understand where you might want to cut back.