This another installment of the Productivity and Time Management Class! I’m co-hosting this workshop with two wonderful bloggers, Sara + Dani! If you’d like to join us, just follow along with our blog posts every week (Sara posts on Mondays, I post on Wednesdays, and Dani posts on Fridays!) and join our Facebook group. In the Facebook group, you can get some individualized attention from Sara, Dani, and I and connect with other people who are following along with the class!
This week is all about balance. And I’m gonna be honest… I have none.
As I was sitting down to write this week’s post, I basically realized that there was no way I could preach to you all about balance because this is one of the things I’ve been struggling with the most. Especially this semester. It seems like everything in my life blew up at once. And I wasn’t used to having to keep so many facets of my life afloat at the same time.
I definitely haven’t been getting enough sleep. I haven’t been eating well. And I haven’t been working out as much as I would like to.
But hey. Sometimes life happens and sometimes it sucks. As college students, finding balance is HARD. We have to do five million things at once. It’s in our blood. We pull all nighters and drink too much caffeine and don’t take care of ourselves. It’s what we do.
Here are some things to work on when it comes to finding balance and practicing self care:
Learn how to say no.
I’m guilty of constantly putting pressure on myself to do more. I have such a hard time passing up an opportunity because I want to do so much. I have to step back and learn that it isn’t healthy to accept everything that comes my way.
Don’t skip meals.
I do this constantly because I feel guilty spending money even though I’m on campus for a whole day. I’ll put off eating dinner until I get home at 10pm and sometimes even then I feel terrible eating something so late at night. I need to start putting snacks in my backpack or packing a lunch. It’s not good to skip meals and throw your body out of whack. Sorry body.
Listen to your body.
If your eyes are hurting because you’re forcing them to stay open, listen to that. Take a nap. Go to sleep and come back to it in the morning. Too often we will ignore what our body is telling us and try to push through anyway. And then we wonder why we’re sick.
Find a physical way to relieve stress.
Exercise is usually my best friend for this. But because my schedule is so completely awful this semester, I haven’t been able to go as much as I’d like to so I’ve resorted to some light yoga and meditation. I’ll admit that I haven’t been doing either of those things as much as I had originally planned but that’s okay! It’s my goal to make those physical ways to relieve stress a priority in my life.
I wrote this post about a month ago when I was having a rough week. If you ever find yourself wondering what you could do to help deal with stress (that doesn’t involve exercise), I have you covered!
If you’re curious about more ways you can help yourself to live a more balanced life, you might want to check out Sara’s ebook! I wrote about it in a post before and I found it super helpful. Although I’m not the best role model for maintaining a balanced life, this book is going to slowly help me get there!
Don’t forget to check out Dani’s post on Friday to see what she has to say about maintaining some balance in life.