6 Easy Ways to Find Balance in 2015

6 Easy Ways to Find Balance in 2015

Start the year off right by making real changes that keep the harmony in your busy life.

By: Leah Maxwell

Does the new year have you fretting over the same old worries? If you’ve resolved to make 2015 the year you find more balance in your life -- with your spouse, your kids, your body, and your mind -- incorporating these six healthy habits into your routine could be what leads to big change in the months (and years!) ahead.

1. Drink your way to better health. We all know that water works miracles for our bodies. Our skin is clearer, our digestion is better, and we’re less likely to fill up on unhealthy snacks when we have a refreshing glass first. It seems like a simple thing to drink more water, but it can be hard to remember and prioritize when you’re busy with life. To get on the right path, carry a water bottle with you everywhere and maybe download an app that will help you stay motivated by sending reminders or tracking your intake.

2. Write it out. Articulating your thoughts and transferring your internal monologue onto paper (or screen) is one of the easiest ways to bring order and sense to the chaos of being an adult. If the word “journaling” turns you off, remember that it can take a lot of different forms: writing old-school “Dear Diary” entries with a pen and paper, jotting down bullet points you want to remember about the day, setting up a public blog, starting a gratitude journal – whatever helps you be mindful of your days and how you’re spending your time. Whichever method works for you, know that you’re not only grounding yourself in the present but creating something valuable (or at least entertaining) for your future.

3. Stop obsessing over your parenting mistakes. If you are your own worst critic when it comes to parenting, let 2015 be the year you cut yourself some slack. You don’t have to be a perfect mom to be a good one, so celebrate what you do well and don’t be too hard on yourself for all the little failures along the way.

4. Don’t forget about your spouse. When you feel like you’re being pulled in a thousand different directions, it’s easy to put even the most important people on the back burner. Make your relationship a priority by setting aside dedicated time to connect, either daily or weekly, depending on your needs. Don’t psych yourself out before you even get started by thinking that dedicated time together has to be a big fancy ordeal. An easy, low-pressure standing date (say, having a late dessert together after the kids go to bed every Friday night) can set you up for greater success because it will be easier to follow through. Schedule it on your calendar if you have to, just make it happen.

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5. Prioritize yourself. Entering a relationship and starting a family can mean you’re no longer the center of your own universe, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your own wants and needs to the point of extinction. In the midst of caring for others, don’t forget to care for yourself. Whether it’s quiet time with a cup of tea and a book while the kids nap or committing to a workout routine that boosts your mood and self-esteem, treat yourself regularly to the “me time” you deserve. See if you can do one thing every day that’s just for you.

6. Let it go! Our lives are busy, and it’s easy to get tunnel vision while we’re trying to take care of everything and everyone in our immediate path. Taking a step back from it all doesn’t mean disengaging, it means giving yourself the space to breathe. However you find ways to create a little distance between yourself and the chaos -- through formal meditation, taking a walk around the block to clear your mind, or just stopping in the middle of a hectic moment to take a deep breath and count your blessings -- there’s nothing like a shift in perspective to effect a shift in attitude.

How are you finding balance in the new year?

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.

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