The Great Balancing Act

Does anyone else ever feel like their lives aren't balanced? There never seems to be time for family, friends, work, exercise, service, and everything else that needs to get done in a day! It makes life so hard when we try to cram every single thing into the 24 hours that we get each day. For those of you that do it ALL, I have one question, how? For most of us, that's not the case.

I've been struggling with balance lately. I feel like I am such a "yes" person that it's hard to say "no." I know that lots of women are the same way. We always want to please everyone. To help me, I've had to set my priorities straight. I've had to learn how to balance my life. There are things that are ALWAYS on the list, and that always should be on the list. The rest is just extra and it can come next. Here are some tips for helping you to balance your life.

1. Set your priorities.

This one is so big. How can you figure out what deserves your time if you can't figure out what those priorities look like in order? Figure out what deserves your time and everything else can come after that. It may take some soul-searching, but it's pretty important if you really want a balanced life.

2. Make time for YOURSELF.

You need to make yourself a priority. Whether that's working out and attending your local Fit4Mom class, getting a pedicure, or attending a church service; whatever makes you feel refreshed, do that. As moms, we often don't make ourselves important. We feel the need to take care of everyone else before taking care of ourselves, but it's so important to make sure that YOU are at the top of YOUR priority list. If you can't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of your kiddos.

3. Let go of "perfection."

For me, I've always been a Type-A personality. I'm very organized, clean, and like for people to think I've got it all together. Let me tell you this, having a baby changed that for me. For the first several months of my son's life, I strived to have meals cooked, dishes done, and the house clean... all while trying to take care of a newborn on approximately 3 hours of sleep per night. I was exhausted. I was depressed. I was miserable. I had to let go of this perception that I needed to be perfect. The house didn't need to be perfectly clean. Take out was perfectly acceptable. I had a husband to help. I needed to delegate duties to him and forget that perfection even exists. My, oh, my how those thoughts changed my life once I let them go!

If you're feeling like your life is unbalanced, like me, and like you're struggling to keep afloat with all the duties of day-to-day life and everything else being asked of you, I hope that these tips help!