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About this Month’s Podcast
In this month’s podcast I share seven steps to life balance that have proved helpful to me. I go into a lot of detail on the seven steps in the podcast so I do encourage you to listen to it, if you have time. But I also wanted to list the steps here so people could use it as a reference.
And if you’re wondering – my life is NOT an example of a perfectly balanced life. Most of the time, in fact, I have a hard time keeping all the balls that I juggle in the air. Balance doesn’t come naturally to me – most creative people. My life is very much a work in progress but the tips I share in the podcast have helped me balance my life. I hope that some will help you balance yours as well.
Do listen to the podcast if you have time but check out the steps below, too.
My 7 Steps to Life Balance
- Let go of perfectionism. One thing I’ve being seeing lately is that perfection seems to be a problem when we’re out of balance because things seem to be in opposition. For example, I want to have a beautiful, organized, totally remodeled house and be a writer, and designer and have an Etsy and a web presence and a podcast AND to all these things well. Which is not possible. Many of us are in this, or a similar, situation. We can A. Kill ourselves or B. set priorities and accept the fact that we can’t have it. In doing this there will be a level of dissonance or conflict that we have to learn to live with
- Evaluate our use of technology. Technology eats up a lot of time and it’s very addictive. While technology and multi-tasking are not evil. We need to be aware of excess or obsessive behavior, learn to unplug and reclaim that time and apply to areas of our life that may be underdeveloped (or unbalanced) like our health, family time, spiritual practice, etc. to achieve better overall life balance.
- Develop strong habits. To me this is huge. A habit is a rhythm and if you establish it and give it time, you can condition yourself to follow this rhythm. Start with things like exercise and cleaning and work and family time. Try a weekly family movie night. Do the same set of chores every morning. Set a writing goal and stick to it. Saying the rosary every morning or evening. All of these things can become habits and once they become established they can help regulate and ground us and improve life balance.
- Increase our activity, incorporate daily exercise or regular time in nature. These things can actually help regulate (or balance) our brain chemicals. I also feel that experiencing God’s creation is another way of experiencing Him. Always spending time in things made by man, contained by our cars and our houses (with exception of Churches and other sanctified spaces) does not necessarily help us connect with God. But experiencing His creation can.
- Make time for spiritual practice and prayer. This is a place where Catholics really have an advantage in my opinion. I see lots of info online about how you should meditate and do yoga as if these are nonreligious activities but they are not. The Church, however, offers us a lot in this regard – including practices such as novenas, the Mass, Lectio divina, the rosary, eucharistic adoration, regular confession, Holy days, saints days and the rhythm of the liturgical year. It’s good to make these things a habit, yes but there is a lot more to it than that because these things help bring us into relationship with God. And God is balance. We have to only look at the world he created, the seasons, the symmetry, the compliment of the sexes, natural ecosystems, and more to realize that God is balance. This is why when we draw close to Him he will have a balance effect on us. AND we can pray for balance and He will help.
- Make time for reflection. Not every day is going to be a win. We can learn from our mistakes but only if we reflect on them. Journaling is good for this. Praying a nightly Examen prayer where we evaluate our day with God’s help. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t – in our daily life, our creative work, relationships, everything – with His help is something I find invaluable.
- Spend time with family and friends. Time with family or friends does provide balance and making commitments to others whether it is to share a meal, or help a neighbor or whatever it is can be balancing. My family responsibilities keep me from spending too much time on my creative activities. And I find that looking at our family commitments as act of service instead of just one more thing to do, can lead to a sense of peace which is very balancing.
- You can read more about the podcast and the projects I’m balancing in this blog post.
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