‘Balance is key to a happy and healthy life’
Balance is key to a happy and healthy life. I say that because when we are out of balance we are not ourselves. This week I am sharing what works for me. I have four portions in my day that help to balance my day out and more so …..it keeps me balanced!
Forget about strenuous routines you can’t adhere to. It’s time for some simplicity in your life, let’s face life should be getting better not harder and it’s all up to how you perceive it and then the choices you make from it.
Instead of trying to micro-manage your life, why don’t you put it into clumps? I like clumps because it keeps life simple and the more simple your life is, the more you get to enjoy life, the more you get to enjoy you and the people around you.
‘Four portions in my day’
Four portions…..sounds like a meal. Well I guess you could look at it that way. Which part of the meal am I going to eat first? Which part’s will I devour and enjoy and which part will I leave till last? If I was to sit down to my favourite meal I would be looking forward to it. I would pick the parts that I want to taste first and the bits that look delicious. I would saviour the flavours in my mouth and taste the textures. I might even decide how I would be layering it on my fork, oh what fun it is to eat. Hope I’m not making you hungry?
My four portions of my day are kind of like that. I love to get the things done in the morning that match my focus and energy and then leave the other portions for different times of the day. Now you might say, well what’s the difference between that and routine? Well, routine just sounds exactly like that….boring, mundane, work-like, miserable, ground-hog day…..I could go on.
If you are wanting to spruce up your life a little or a lot then it may help you to change the way you are looking at your day and the way you are approaching it.
Questions for you :
How do you feel when you have to do the CHORES of the home? Do you feel happy that you have a family or a partner when you are washing their clothes? Or are you cursing the clothes when you are approaching the loaded basket? Are you appreciating your washing machine and the work it does for you since a good fifty to eighty years ago hand washing was how the women of that time got their washing done? In some country’s it still exists. Can you remember what it was like before you had your family and how you yearned for them? Or how you yearned to have that someone special in your life? If you can approach your daily chores with the feeling of: ‘this is an extension of my family that I love’ instead of ‘look at that washing I have to do’ and feel the love for your family you will soften the way you feel about those things and so much more. If you are fortunate enough to have someone do your laundry and house work, then maybe you could apply this method to other things in your life you are feeling agitated about.
What is that thing that bothers you the most?
How do you think about it?
How do you go about it?
Now I want you to change the way you look at it with a different point of view.
Change your perception.
Find something you appreciate about that thing you do or have to do and begin to approach it every time with that new view.
In time you will find yourself able to do just about anything without resistance and you will begin to enjoy so much more of your day. Keep practicing, it works.
Four portions in my day
Work-wise-This is my
work play, as I like to call it since I don’t make work of my work. I go into my house work or my work for my business with an attitude of a light heart. I have energy for what I do and I do it mostly in the hours of 8am until 2pm. I feel free when I do it and appreciate that I can do these things.
Exercise-wise-I find time in most of my days to either do some kind of exercise. I don’t really like to use that word since it can suggest-hardwork or it can create a negative feeling toward the activity. I take my dog for a walk in order to get fresh air and sunshine as well as clearing my head and my space. That’s how I look at ‘exercise’. I also attend Zumba a couple of night’s a week, and it is always fun.
The point I am trying to make is that your exercise should be fun and if you like to sweat and work out hard and you find that ‘fun’,then you will always go back for more. It’s just that if you are trying things, and giving up on them, then maybe it’s not the thing you are doing, but the way you are looking at it and the way you are feeling about it.
Relax-No matter what I am doing, most of the time I do feel relaxed. Some things in the day ask more of me than other things and at times I am less relaxed. I do take time in my day to find relaxation so that I can totally let go. Sometimes I don’t need to do this if I have been already doing something that was relaxing that day.
For example: if I take my dog for a walk,sometimes it is a good brisk walk and sometimes it is a relaxing walk. Just find some time your day to take a minimum of 10-20 minutes devoted to your relaxation.
Enjoy-In all honesty if you are not enjoying most of your day, then you could be in trouble. Not being satisfied or happy for the most part of the day so that you can enjoy it is detrimental to your health. Emotionally it can play out in a negative role in your life, so it is important that you are finding things to enjoy in your day. I also like to reflect at the end of the day on feeling fulfilled with the satisfaction that those four portions have been completed for that day or I did the best I could.
You’ve got to remember that we live our lives in each day. You are not living your life for tomorrow or yesterday. You must enjoy all of the moments for what you can get out of them. Life is not always going to be roses and lollipops and rainbows and sun-showers. But if you can get a grip on enjoying more in your day to day life, then those rainbows and lollipops, sunshowers and roses will show up more often. And even if they don’t you won’t need them to be there in order to feel some satisfaction because you will be feeling good.
Thanks for reading my blog. Tell me what your day is like. I’d love to hear it. Do you struggle with your days? Leave a comment or share this post if you think it may help another.
Lashings Of Love Jennifer