We all crave balanced lives with enough time for those things we want and need to be happy. Most of us strive to maintain a sense of equilibrium in our lives, with success often coming in waves.
There are days and even weeks when I feel like my life has struck a perfect balance. During those times, I work two full days a week, spend lots of focused and loving time with my kids, have time alone with my husband, wake up early to meditate and pray, talk to my faraway family, have lunch or coffee with girlfriends, exercise six days a week, make healthy meals, sleep at least seven hours a night and feel a sense of overwhelming joy and well-being.
But... then a work deadline comes along and things begin to come a bit unraveled in my home. Life just starts getting out of whack when I am super busy, and I feel unbalanced.
Suddenly, I don't make it to the gym for a few days, the refrigerator becomes empty, laundry piles up and our home life becomes a bit disheveled. Our meals go from decent, homemade ones to takeout and quickly cooked ones. My kids notice because they spend more time with a babysitter, so when I am with them, they adhere themselves to my side. The toddler clings to my leg and my mommy guilt kicks in strongly because I am clearly not spending enough time with my precious children.
These times simply happen to all moms, especially when we are engrossed in a project or have a major work deadline. Occasionally, this is completely normal and okay. But as a way of life, this can be draining, depressing, and a contributor to marital distress.
Balance is achievable -- especially if you keep your life in "the happy range." The happy range is where everything in your life is feels "right," and you are spending your time and energy in alignment with your priorities.
Here are 5 ways you can live a life that feels more balanced, joyful, and happy!
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