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Saturday, 3 June 2017

How To Get Balance In Day To Day Life - Why Balance Is SO Important

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Balance is a term thrown around a lot, particularly in the fitness and wellbeing industry. You either see people preaching entirely clean diets (dangerous, something I’ve touched on before and you can read my thoughts on clean eating) or, you see people preaching balance. I’m sure you all know by now that I live by the rule of balance. Not depriving yourself, enjoying life and being balanced in every aspect is key. I’m so excited to announce a partnership around balance with Yushoi, one of my absolute favourite guilt-free snacking brands to exist (if you follow me on Snapchat you’ll have probably seen me pick up some Yushoi every week) so expect lots more health related posts coming up. Today, I’m going to talk to you about how I try to be balanced in every aspect of my life.

Struggling to find balance: I think it’s important first to look at your life and see where you struggle the most to find balance. Is it with your eating? Is it with your alcohol intake? Is it with your relaxation? Back in my first year of University if you asked me this, I’d have told you I struggled to balance going out too much whilst trying to do well at Uni. I also struggled to eat well and had McDonalds pretty much every single night out. Now? I struggle to find a work life balance and actually, my life is consumed by work (I’m totally okay with that, but we all need a break sometimes). Take a step back and have a look at what you think you could be more balanced in.

Balance in work:
Balance in work is a really important one. The best quote ever is ‘don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life’. It’s something I continually tell myself. In a world where we feel forced to be successful, we often work crazy hours, skip sleep, skip socialising and skip enjoying our lives. I totally get it, we need to work to earn money but make sure you take breaks, whether that’s shutting off from work on a weekend, going on a run after work, having some me-time before work - do what makes you feel a little more balanced. For me? I need to actually have weekends rather than tapping away at my laptop 7 days a week. Read: How to juggle everything when you're a busy person. 

Balance with friends: I really struggled when I was at Uni as I was running my blog, whilst trying to work out, see a boyfriend, work part time and have a social life. I didn’t have the hours in the day. It's important to prioritise and do have a social life because it will make you feel at ease and relaxed, it is possible to do them all but obviously your well-being comes first, don't do what I did and put your health at risk by trying to do too much. You are only one person.

Balancing priorities: This is where priorities come into it. Make a list, figure out what’s a priority. I should have spent more time building friendships in University, something I’ll probably regret forever, I was so busy doing everything else, I put making meaningful friendships last. Figure out whats really a priority.

Balancing studying: Equally though, you are at University to learn, a lot of people get the balance really wrong and end up flunking exams and not learning anything at all. Make sure you make time for studying. I found making lists helped and also organising my days into schedules, so I knew I’d be going out every Tuesday, having a 9am lecture every Thursday and then fitting in blogging on my day off, Fridays. I’d write my essays as soon as I had the topics rather than leaving them til the last minute. Read: Things University Taught Me.

Balancing stress:
there are ways to manage your stress by balancing your life. Here’s a great example… go to the gym. Working out releases endorphins and therefore, busts stress. Taking control of your daily schedule immediately illiminates stress because you can figure out what you really have time for, and what you don’t.

Nourishment: Balance in food is really important. I’ve lived by the 80/20 rule for as long as I can remember now. This means, I eat well 80% of the time and then allow myself to have pizza, crisps and whatever else I fancy the other 20% of the time. That way, it means I’ll never deprive myself and not binge. Food is not the enemy, life is there to be enjoyed.

Balance in your food shop: To make your diet more balanced, don’t think you have to live on vegetables and salad, find good, delicious snacks that taste naughty. I swear by Yushoi, they are the most delicious baked snacks made mainly from peas, and actually taste like crisps. They’re high in fibre and a source of protein, so really handy for after the gym. I also make healthy raw cacao and date bites and pretty much live on homemade pancakes. These things are indulgent and taste so great, it doesn’t feel like you’re eating well at all.

It’s a lifestyle: I always say it but balance is a lifestyle choice, it’s not just a one day thing, it’s something that once you get used to it, is part of your every day life.

I really hope this helps some of you, how do you feel about balance? Do you agree with it? Believe in it? How do you balance your life?

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