By Desiree Hendrickson
I am a huge advocate for living life with a balanced approach. I believe that maintaining a balanced lifestyle will not only assist in a person’s success, but will also be a major component in their future achievements.
Your Friends and Family Can Help Find Balance
Let’s be real. Your family and friends are your biggest fans. Although they will be the first to congratulate and share your success with others, they are also the first group of people you begin to push away when things get tough. Don’t push back. Talk your struggles through with them. And even if they may not understand what you’re going through mentally or physically, they will help keep your mind in check and tell you their true thoughts. After all, they’re going to support you no matter what and only want to see you succeed.
Social Events Become Less Stressful
If you’re obsessing over every little macro/micro-nutrient gram you will drive yourself insane. Instead, understand how to estimate your food/drink intake and practice self-control. When leaving an event where you were able to snack, mingle, and enjoy yourself- you’re doing it right.
Variety In Life is the MAJOR KEY of BALANCE
Stop being so damn predictable. Change your routine up. I know how easy it is to stick to the same meal multiple times a day or continue to train working in the same programming for weeks on end. Your body and mind get ‘comfortable’ knowing what to expect. But we develop and experience the most progress when we work past our comfort zone. Put more weight on the bar, switch up your training routine, download a new playlist, etc.
You Won’t Get BURNT OUT
It was once said that Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity was “doing something over and over again expecting a different result.”
So I’ll just leave it at that.
Your Mental Health Will Stay In Check
When we begin to obsess over achieving specific results, rather than recognizing all the ‘small victories’ or milestones, we begin to feel as though we’re not making progress or that we’re behind schedule. It’s important for us to track our progress to keep ourselves accountable, but that does not mean we HAVE to change our work/life/gym balance. When you place more stress on one aspect of your life, you simultaneously begin to diminish the other aspects. This will cause more setbacks and regret than before.
Your Body Will Recover Faster and Perform Better
Our bodies are a symbol of our hard work and dedication. Your health and well-being is a reflection of choices we make each day. While working hard and playing harder may be your motto for life, remember that WORKING SMARTER will allow you to rise above those who do not take care of themselves in each aspect of life (career, relationships, family, health, social life, etc.).
Living Life as a NORMAL Human Being
Sometimes we can begin to feel like robots. Stuck in the same routine with minimal results. While having a routine is important, it’s also important to be adaptive. If during the work-week you train in the early morning (maybe something like 5am each day) and come Saturday you have plans to travel for a gathering and need to leave at that time of day, try to plan a training session that afternoon/evening. And if you don’t have the opportunity to do that—then take a rest day. There is no shame in that.
Setting an example for the younger generations.
Whether we realize it or not, the younger generations are watching our every move. They’re much more attentive than we would expect. Setting a good example is important for their understanding of living a healthy lifestyle while experiencing success in other aspects of life concurrently.
I think we all deserve to have a little bit more fun in our life. So make it happen! Plan a trip, take time off work, get out and experience life.
Reset, Recharge, Relax.
This is crucial! We all live extremely busy lives where schedules can become hectic and as a result minimal time for recovery/relaxation is allowed. It is understandable that at certain points in our lives we will experience short periods of time where getting “caught up” is most difficult. However, it’s important to create enough time in the day/week/month for relaxation.
When we allow ourselves to recover and reflect from how crazy life can get, it also helps remind us that keeping the balance in our lives is the most difficult task with the greatest reward.
Desiree Marty is from a small town in Southwest Wisconsin. She enjoys everything outdoors and strives to live a healthy lifestyle. Desiree believes life is about balance between a personal and professional lifestyle. She continues to challenge herself with new goals and athletic pursuits to keep her body and mind guessing.
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