Whether we work, go to school, or are retired, we all have responsibilities.
There is always someone, or something, to answer to. There are things we want to do and things we must.
The challenge is to balance what we must do with what we enjoy and choose to do. This is not always easy. If, however, we are unable to reduce stress and manage a well balanced life there can be physical and/or emotional health consequences.
Ideally, set aside time each day for an activity that you enjoy, such as walking, working out, or listening to music. Or, allow yourself to unwind after a hectic day by reading, meditating, or taking a nice hot bath.
Avoid becoming overwhelmed by juggling too many big projects in your life at once. Maybe planning a wedding is not a good idea when you're studying for the bar exam. Nor, is starting a family when you are unsure about your career direction, or relationship status.
Not knowing what you want and trying to do everything at
can be a recipe for disaster instead of the road to leading a
well-balanced life. As the saying goes, "do not bite off more
than you can
Be sure also to allow for recreation and quality time for
yourself and your family. Taking the time to connect with
friends will recharge your batteries and make you more
efficient in the
Note also, that there are times when achieving balance may not be possible. For instance, you may have a family or career crisis that needs your immediate and undivided attention. It may require an exceptional amount of your time and resources. When that happens, do whatever it takes and when things go back to normal take time to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.
Part of living a well-balanced life is learning how to deal with adversity, unforeseen events and uncertainty. If you practice not letting things get to you, you will not only learn to live a well-balanced and less stressful life, you will learn to live in and savor the moment. Once you've done everything you can within your control, let your life unfold. Be prepared for the future, but don't worry about it.
While we can't anticipate and plan for everything in our lives, we can decide how, where and when to concentrate our energies.