Partnering today with Nature Valley to talk about maintaining a healthy balance! All opinions are my own.
Balance. Is it just me or is finding and maintaining a healthy balance getting harder and harder? Sometimes I’m convinced it’s just an illusion and impossible to actually achieve. If it’s not one thing, it’s always another…
At least that’s what I used to tell myself. I’ve made some major progress the last few months when it comes to maintaining a healthy balance. Turns out it’s NOT impossible… it’s all about how you prioritize, your mindset and fueling your body AND soul.
Over the last few months, I’ve been on a bit of a “brain reset” journey. I’ve been consciously changing my mindset, thought patterns and getting all “high vibe-ish” at every opportunity. It’s definitely a journey I want to dive into with y’all at some point, but for right now I want to talk about the one major thing I’ve done to change my mindset and set myself up for success at the start of every day.
Before I do ANYTHING else, other than start the coffee pot, of course, I pick a mantra for the day. Sometimes it’s just one word, sometimes it’s a phrase, but whatever it is that I pick, it’s the ONE thought that I focus on when I start to get scattered or frazzled. I write it down, and I keep it close, a constant reminder for when I need it most. Some days it’s scribbled on a sticky note and stuck to my laptop, others it’s one of these printable and colorable daily mantra cards I designed (sharing the freebie below!). Once my mantra for the day is chosen, I can move on, keeping this main thought at the front of all my plans.
I’m definitely a visual, list-loving, plan-all-the-things kind of girl. I use multiple planners, and planner types, for the different aspects of my life. Once I’ve decided on my daily mantra, my next step is to create a prioritized to-do list. Through trial and error, I found the best way for me to stay on track is to organize my to-do list with the “MUST accomplish” items at the very top, working my way down in order to lowest priority. With just a glance I can see what I’ve accomplished, what I SHOULD be working on, and what needs to be done next. Let me tell you… this overly-organized method has saved my bacon a time or two!
Fueling Your Body AND Soul:
I am BAD about working until I literally CAN NOT WORK ANYMORE. Sun up to sundown. 24/7. Burn myself to the ground… you get the picture. When I get in the zone, everything falls by the wayside, except for what is next on the to-do list… I forget to eat, I forget to be human, I’ve even forgotten to sleep on a few occasions. Scheduling breaks and keeping tasty & energizing snack on hand have become my new normal. Taking the dogs for a walk, or outside for a little afternoon sunshine, snacking and stitching, taking a reading break, heading out to do a little thrift store deal hunting, solo dance parties, something that makes me smile and refreshes my soul. These things now get scheduled in, as a high priority.
When I am in that work-work-work mode, having tasty snacks nearby can help fuel me to keep going and do better. Lately, I’ve been reaching for my new favorite, Nature Valley Cups and Biscuits! I keep them on the shelf behind my desk, so anytime I’m feeling peckish, I can just reach around and grab one. I’ve also tossed a few in my laptop bag for when I’m working on the go, or in my embroidery box so I have something delicious to munch on when I’m in the stitching zone.
Being an everyday boss doesn’t happen overnight. Maintaining a healthy balance of life vs. work. vs everything else is a constant struggle, even for the best of us. BUT it is possible! It just looks a little different for everyone!
How do you maintain a healthy balance in your life?
Grab your FREE Printable Daily Mantra Coloring Cards: Print on cardstock, cut out and use as you need! I included 4 of my favorite daily mantras, or you can use the blank cards to add your own personal mantra!