Tips to Stay Balanced
create realistic expectations
Keep your expectations balanced, learn to say no, delegate as much as possible, prioritize by importance, and manage time wisely.
Consider taking on less and doing less. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect as real life is perfectly imperfect.
acknowledge your feelings
Emotions are what make us human. Be honest with how you feel. Allow emotions, name them, and move through them. Ask yourself what you can do to express them.
Consider using statements like, “Although I feel overwhelmed, I will choose to be calm and centered” and take a few moments to take three deep breaths.
Practice compassion and loving kindness to yourself and others.
Recognize: “I’m having a hard time”
Remind: “This is part of being human”
Comfort: Chose a kind rituals (hand to chest/give yourself a hug)
Acknowledge: “I give myself the compassion I need”
Share: “I give others the compassion they need”
stay connected and present
Connect with those who inspire you, care for you, and support you. Keep yourself from turning inward too much by making sure you take care of yourself the exact way you need to.
When people are opening bids of connection, be aware of your response to them. Are you allowing the space to be present with them or shutting them down by disengaging?
be mindful and seek joy
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. Put away your phone and other distractions and show up for yourself and those that you love.
Comparison is the thief of joy. Ask yourself, why are you doing anything that you are doing? When we make choices based on a meaningful reason, we can allow ourselves to find contentment in the ordinary moments instead of hoping for the sweeping ones.
check-in with yourself
Take a few moments each day to check in with yourself. Are you stressed and overwhelmed? If the answer is yes, ask yourself why. Adjust your routine and habits accordingly until you find your sweet spot. Try this breathing technique.
Make space to review your purpose and focus on what it is you’re trying to achieve. Keeping a bird’s eye view, even while you’re in the weeds of the rush, can help you stay calm.
take care of yourself
Find ways to take care of yourself by pausing and connecting with yourself during the day (Pause activity).
It's normal to eat more and less healthy during the holidays. Certain foods can affect your mood, give you less energy, and make you feel more stressed and run down. It can be very helpful to move your body before and/or after you eat.
Virtually any form of exercise can be a stress relief. Move your body in whatever activity you enjoy.
stick to a routine
Sticking to a routine is one of the best ways to protect ourselves against stress and overwhelm. Ask yourself what small goals you can set that you can add to your routine?
Creating a plan that lets you know what is coming up each day is the best way to defeat any chaos that may arise during your day.
When something unexpected happens, remember that you can take care of it and take comfort that your routine will be waiting for you afterward.
rest your body and mind
One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is permission to rest. Research shows that practicing mind-body techniques can benefit your mental well-being and overall health. Not only can you tap into a sense of calm at the moment, the benefits extend throughout your day, including helping focus, increase patience, reduce negative emotions, and manage stress better. Try this Mind-Body activity to help reset you.
make time to get some sleep
The importance of sleep cannot be overstated and gets its own box on this list of tips. Losing sleep can lead to a range of performance problems, such as the inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, and anxiety — not to mention long-term health issues. Cutting back on sleep to try to squeeze more hours of task completion out of the day is going to do more harm than good. Give yourself permission to choose sleep.