In our hectic, fast-paced, twenty-first century lives, it’s easy to feel pulled in a million different directions. How are you supposed to find time to build a successful career, take care of your family, read all the latest news, see your friends, go to the gym, cook nutritious meals, volunteer for good causes, and occasionally have a little fun, too? Keeping all of your activities going can feel a little like spinning plates at times. Fortunately, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are key steps you can take to keep your life stable and happy. At Aspen Kay Naturals, we create organic bath products to help our customers enjoy healthier, more beautiful lives. In the following blog, we’ll suggest ten ways to achieve balance in your life.
- Decide you want to achieve more balance.
This may seem obvious, but one of the first, most important things you can do to stabilize your life is making a conscious choice to do so. When you’re juggling myriad responsibilities, it can seem close to impossible to even consider trying to create a more balanced life. As Success magazine notes, you need to begin by “[assessing] your life as it is now. Looking at ourselves as we really are is the first step in restructuring our lives.” Making a thoughtful decision to create more balance and taking a thoughtful look at where you currently stand can help you make simple yet powerful changes. You might not even realize which areas you need to focus on or activities that are unduly stressing you out until you start actively working to make your life happier.
- Eat a healthy diet.
Your nutrition is also an important part of living a balanced life. If you’re constantly hungry, jittery, sore, or lethargic, these symptoms could be a result of your diet. No matter how busy you get or how many obligations you have to fulfill, it’s vital you make sure you’re eating at least three full, wholesome meals, complete with plenty of protein, fruits, and vegetables. It may also be worthwhile to consult with a nutritionist, doctor, or another healthcare practitioner to determine if you have any particular dietary needs.
Managing money can be extremely stressful, but it’s important to face financial issues head-on. Understanding how much money you have available and carefully planning where to spend it can help you stay in charge of your wallet. Furthermore, by budgeting, you may find that you actually could afford more fun, important purchases, and activities. As Inc. magazine explains, “The key to personal financial health is to feel in control and know that you have enough money to have options.” Budgeting may also lead you to important realizations about your professional and personal life. As Inc. puts it, “If you’re working too much, and you don’t have the money you need, something is clearly missing in the equation.” Budgeting can help you both find areas of financial imbalance and appropriately address them.
- Give yourself a breather.
It’s wonderful to be passionate about your work, dedicated to your family, and committed to your activities, but it’s also necessary to get rest from time to time. Taking a vacation from work, leaving your children with a babysitter for a night, and sometimes saying “no” to other obligations as they begin to pile up is essential to building a balanced life. An article in Forbes magazine recommends that everyone “take some time off to unwind. Relax and recharge.” This could take the form of a full week’s tropical vacation, or it could be something as simple as “[switching] off your laptops and smartphones and [engaging]” more fully with those around you. Recognize that we all need breaks at times. Pausing for a moment allows you to refresh yourself so you can ultimately become a better employee, family member, friend, volunteer, and person.
- Make time to see your friends.
When your calendar is jam-packed, it can be difficult to schedule outings with your friends, but this is a central component of a balanced life. Even if you’re only able to see your friends once a month, it’s important to prioritize making these (and keeping) kinds of plans.
Keeping a diary might sound silly to some, but this can actually work wonders in terms of stabilizing your life. Journaling could help you jot down notes to yourself so you can remember important details, vent about any difficult experiences you’d had that day, and keep a record of your experiences, which you could use to come up with even more solutions for the challenges you face while managing your responsibilities.
- Give back to your community.
When your life feels imbalanced, the last thing you might want to do is add another commitment by volunteering within your neighborhood. However, this could be exactly what you need. Volunteering with a local charity could give you a better perspective on your own difficulties and a sense of pride that you are making a difference in someone else’s life. In addition, participating in these types of activities can help you make new friends, broadening your social circle.
- Focus on the positive.
Even in the midst of trying times, having a negative attitude about your circumstances can only serve to make matters worse. You can promote a more balanced life by emphasizing what is going well, working to enhance the positive aspects of your life, and searching for ways to enjoy your life even more.
- Try our Balance Face Oil.
Your physical appearance often affects how you feel about yourself. Additionally, taking time to take care of yourself can help you rest, breathe, calm down, and experience a respite from your otherwise non-stop busy life. As Forbes advises, you should “pamper yourself...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.” Healthy beauty treatments are a great way to, as Forbes puts it, “#treatyoself.”
Aspen Kay Naturals offers a wide variety of bath and lifestyle products you could use to relax. For example, you could take a nice, long bath with one of our handcrafted bar soaps or renew your skin with our natural moisturizer. Our favorite self-care product, however, is our balance face oil. It is designed as an anti-aging agent for combination skin, meaning that it works well for those with both oily and dry skin. Made with organic rosehip seed oil, turmeric, and chamomile, our balance face oil is plant-based, cruelty-free, and vegan. Taking a few minutes to apply this rejuvenating oil could help you soften your wrinkles as you de-stress and rebalance your life.
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