Finding Balance Through Self-Care
- You do not need to do everything today. Do the important today and the leave the rest.
- It IS okay to have work-life balance. Be at work (even at home) when you are working and be home, when home.
- Remember why you started. With overwhelmed feelings we might feel like giving up whether it’s a hobby or work project. Write down the purpose of why you even started, it will help with motivation to keep going.
- Break up projects into smaller chunks. When done with that chunk, reassess, good for today? Or is there time for the next chunk?
- Give into your emotions right now. Acknowledgement is key, just saying how you are feeling is good medicine, then do what you need to do. A good scream into the pillow, a laugh, a good cry. Getting it out is just what your body is ask you to do.
- Remember less is more. Focusing on one task, one thing is good for your brain. For example: Watching the news can be overwhelming in itself, if this happens, step outside and look around and say: “Right now I’m okay,” listen to the birds, feel the sun on your face, look at the stars. Just step outside!
- Schedule planning time. If you have never planned your meals for the week, even if it’s just a list of dinners, try it, a little planning goes a long way. No more of the 5pm question, “What do you want for dinner?” Just check the list!
- Look to delegate tasks. This can be a hard one, but if you don’t ask you’ll never know. At work and at home! Seriously that towel IS folded by a 3 year old, just put it away, it’s going to be okay!
- Let go of perfection! See above, and seriously the towel IS folded! Even let go of your own perfection, nobody is perfect, never has been, never will be! Ahhh, isn’t that better?
- Remember that failing is learning. Failing is part of survival; we learn best from mistakes. Stress management technique didn’t work for you? That’s okay, there are others to try, just keep trying.
Finding a good mix of spending time with friends and family, doing activities, and relaxing can be difficult. Change to Chill has tools to help you balance your busy schedule.