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7 ways to achieve a better life balance - by John Dyter

Posted 618 Days Ago in: Coaching Articles

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Do you feel like you're being pulled in different directions by the demands of employers, partners, family and friends? Are you feeling flat, lacking energy and generally out of sorts? Want to change that feeling NOW?

Do you feel like you’re being pulled in different directions by the demands of employers, partners, family and friends? Are you feeling flat, lacking energy and generally out of sorts? Want to change that feeling NOW? 

Here are my top tips for achieving a better life balance:

1. Make time for yourself. Try spending just 20 minutes a day, perhaps before going to bed, being somewhere in silence with no distractions. Just focus on your breathing going in and out, counting to 4 on both the in and out breath and let your mind clear.

2. List what’s truly important to you and focus your energy there, remember it is your life so live it. Picture yourself at 80 sitting in a rocking chair - what stories would you like to be able to tell of your life? 

3. Focus on what is important for you including your physical, emotional and general health and well-being. A balanced diet, exercise (just going for a short walk can help) and doing something you enjoy, will all have a positive impact on your life in general.

4. Acknowledge your daily achievements, no matter how small they seem to you - keeping a journal, noting all the things that went well in your day and how happy this made you feel, helps immensely. Keep the focus positive and short so it’s fun. Writing it just before you go to sleep will leave you feeling positive.

5. Listing your ambitions and striving to achieve them for a fulfilled life is one tip that has balance in all areas - using a simple scale of 0-10 (0 being not important and 10 being an absolute must), list them in order of importance. This will help you to focus on the ambition that is most important to you.

6. Try something completely new - take up something creative that you are interested in doing or learning. Having recently completed a wood sculpture course (no previous experience) I was amazed at how good I felt just doing something fun.

7. Smile! As you read this just smile and see how you feel. Smiling takes less facial muscles than it does to frown. Plus, smiling makes you feel happy. By John Dyter

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