On Regaining Balance

Over the last couple of days, I have been feeling really out of balance. Since moving in November, I have been stressed out and exhausted, so I feel like I need to change something to feel like myself again.

I have been trying to figure out ways that I get my head on straight again and feel better about where I am. I decided that I needed to put together a plan to bring things back in balance…

Cut Back

The first step is to cut back on what I’m trying to do. Less books, less Netflix shows, less projects, less commitments. Most of what is on my plate I put there myself, so I need to take a step back and do less instead of more. This will help to create more balance in my life.

So instead of trying to read from 5 books every day, I’ll read from just one per day. Same with Netflix, just one show each day. And instead of trying to work on every project that’s left to be done at home, I’m just focusing on one per area: setting up my stereo and CD collection, hanging pictures, etc.

Step Up Self Care

Where I need to cut back on my projects, I feel like I need to step up on my self care. In addition to getting good sleep, staying hydrated, journalling, stretching and yoga, I want to add in some more light exercise, such as walking a couple of times per week (of course with this weather my walks may initially be in the mall where I work). I also want to try to plan some time into my schedule to get near water on a more regular basis. I am a water sign and feel most calm when I am near water… luckily in Western Washington there is a lot of water to be had! I haven’t found a lake near where I’m living yet, but we aren’t too far from Lake Washington, and I should be able to get into Seattle at least once a month to spend some time on Elliott Bay… and if I can get in a ferry ride, that’s a bonus!

Eat Better Food

In some way this is part of self care, but I think at least part of the reason I’ve been feeling so exhausted is that I’ve been relying on a lot of processed foods. My grocery budget has been a little slim over the last couple of months while I’ve been paying deposits on utilities and all of that good stuff. Because of that, I’ve been stocking up on things that will last a little longer, but are not necessarily as healthy. Now that I am in a place where I can start doing regular shopping again, it’s time to get back to actually cooking and doing food prep… actually eating salads and fruit, actually making dinner instead of opening a box.

What do you do when you need to regain balance?