Let’s Talk About Balance

“It’s all about the balance.”

It was my mom that introduced me to my personal mantra, the five words I now live my life by.

When my mom first passed along this pearl of wisdom, I was in the throws of trying to get through high school, desperately attempting to make enough time for homework, hockey and some semblance of a social life.

As my mom pointed out to teenage me, it’s impossible to have it all. You can get great marks at school and a provincial gold medal in hockey, but your social life might have to take a backseat for the time being. The focus is trying to maintain balance between the important aspects of your life, and the rest of the pieces will fall accordingly.

Today, my mantra continues to ring true. Between a high-paced work environment, a five-year relationship, family commitments, a fitness routine and some semblance of a social life (sense a theme?), maintaining balance is still key. No, strike that. Maintaining balance is critical to my sanity!

That said, it takes effort to maintain balance across all aspects of your life, and it’s very easy for life’s balance to fall out of whack.

Today I realized that my life had done just that – gotten a little off-kilter.

April is one of the busiest – but exciting! – times of the year for me at work. Working in sports media, April is the perfect storm of NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, MLB Season Openers and NBA postseason. Though a thrilling time for the sports fan in me, it also means a lot of late nights and high-stress days.  On top of work, I’ve been trying to make this blog the best it can be and pack in as many fitness classes as possible. The leftover time went to spending time with family, friends and my boyfriend.

Did I also mention that I played in a hockey tournament on Saturday night as well?

Needless to say, after working until 2 a.m. this past Sunday night followed by an 8 a.m. wake-up call on Monday, my body and mind started to protest. Loudly.

While I would have loved to have gone for my first outdoor run of the season tonight (and then blogged about it!) I simply didn’t have the energy to do it. While I would normally give myself a tough time about missing a workout, I realized that I needed to take a step back and realize that life had gotten out of whack. And I needed to re-calibrate quickly.

With that in mind,  I decided to go home to rest, eat a good meal and early bedtime. While I can’t guarantee that I won’t be tired tomorrow, I’m glad I took a first step towards getting all the aspects of my life back in focus and back into balance.

So, the take away here my friends is that no matter where you find yourself in life, it’s always important to maintain balance. Without balance across the various aspects of your life – whether it be work, kids, marriage, finances – you will find yourself out of whack and burnt out.

To avoid getting off-kilter, make the time to take stock of your life – are you putting enough energy into family? Are you not putting enough time into your health? Through this simple step, you will get back on track on the road to balance.

Happy balancing friends!

(Feature Image courtesy: Fit In The Six / Meghann Cox)



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