Welcome back to my breakdown of my Healthy Living Alphabet
Whenever life gets busy or something unexpected hits the front page of my so-called routine, it throws me for a loop. Try as I may, I don’t always handle the added stresses with grace and dignity. More often than not, there will be a few tears shed, some anger stomped out and a few more grey hairs added to the mix.
One of my biggest issues preventing me from achieving this so-called balance in life that I hear so much about, is that I don’t have a whole lot of balance to begin with. When something happens, I tend to react first, think second and ultimately, apologize third. Not the best place to be in, that much I can say.
Something I’ve been working really hard towards these past few months, especially since my maternity leave ended and I had to add the big role of working mom to the mix, is finding the balance. Something so foreign to me that I honestly had no idea where to start. What I’ve discovered is that even a little bit of balance can create a whole lot of happy. I’m learning to listen to my body for the signs it’s giving me. One thing that will always happen is that I sleep less and have more headaches when things start to get stressful. Often times, I don’t recognize these signs at first and by the time I realize how stressed out I am, I’ve already taken the proverbial leap off the deep end and am slowly trying to tread my way back to the wading pool.
To me, balance isn’t about being able to do everything that’s expected of me. It isn’t about keeping a smile on my face and the illusion that I’ve got everything under control. It’s 100% about staying in tune with my body/mind/spirit connection and recognizing when the stress on my body is starting to affect my functioning and dealing with it before it gets out of hand. Sometimes I take a few minutes, sit in a dark room and meditate to relax. Sometimes I ensure that I can spend some quality “me” time doing something relaxing like reading, having a coffee with a friend or going to bed early. If all else fails, I rely on a good workout to loosen up the body and help my mind re-focus on what I need to get done.
The time spent bringing myself back down to ground level is by far worth the time and money saved from having to dye my hair every 3 weeks. Trust me on that one.