screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-3-04-26-pmFinding life balance seems to be on everyones mind lately. We have discovered that maintaining a healthy life balance is not only essential for happiness and well-being; it can be a tremendous boost to your productivity and career success as well. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention and energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions and moving forward in a meaningful way. If you’re a mom like me you may find yourself doing an eye roll here. Just how do we find balance when we’re wiping bums while preparing breakfasts, lunches, crock pot meals, running to preschool, then elementary school while shoveling food down our throats in the car? I struggle with this too! Most days I don’t eat or brush my teeth until after I drop off my kids from school. I love the organized mom, the mom who has her purse organized with ziplock and can find her debit card without even looking. I love the mom who has clean hair, curled, make up on and is volunteering at school with not an ounce of frazzle on her shoulders. I am almost 37 years old and I feel like I will never be this woman but thats OK! I can still find balance in MY life. We’re not all created equally, I just do not have it in me to get it together every day and look pleasant I have strengths in other areas. Thats what this blog post is about…finding YOUR balance. Not your kids, husbands, your best friends, just find what works for you. It’s so hard not to compare yourself to others but the old saying is true, “Comparison is the thief of joy”.

Since starting up with Fit4Mom 12 weeks ago my life has changed dramatically. Before I spent my days sluggish and living in constant chaos. Finding this one thing that makes me happy has made me want to actually stay this way, fancy that! And by “this way” I mean all the changes I have made. I was not much of a domestic goddess to say the least. I rarely cooked a wholesome meal, it was primarily just a quick throw it together dinner that was healthy but bland. Make some quinoa, add a veggie and a protein, DONE! But that got old. Since I am now meal planning I am actually using those Pinterest pins that I started pinning months ago. Food tastes good so I am eating more of it and thats a good thing.

Do something that is just for you. I found Fit4Mom and that has helped balance me. If you do not have a Fit4Mom class near you then try out a craft or a cooking class. It doesn’t have to cost money, you could even go enjoy a good book at the local library once a week.

  • Disconnect on the weekend or one night a week. Turning off devices and just being quiet really helps the mind restore.
  • Get to bed by 9:30pm and aim to be asleep by 10pm. And FYI sleeping during the hours of 10 pm and 2 am is when the most magic happens to our brain and body.
  • Remove toxicity from your life. Of course, I mean toxic chemical foods but also toxic people (whiners, poor attitudes, negative nelly). Surround yourself with positive, supportive, can-do people whenever you can.
  • Build your relationships up: We tend to just get busy or too tired to make plans with friends or spouses. Grab a coffee with a friend, make a date night with your spouse, play a game with your child. I know those all sound like normal things but when was the last time you did any of them?
  • Treat yourself: It doesn’t have to be a $90 massage, but if you can afford to then YES! A new box of tea, flowers in the house and a new essential oil in the diffuser tickle my fancy. A pedicure, a new pair of shoes, make up, get your hair done? Clearly, I am well seasoned on treating myself HA!
  • Remember to have fun: My husband and I like to read those text messages gone wrong before bed and laugh our butts off. We laugh so hard we cry. Find something that makes you laugh every day. Get one of those tear off calendars that have daily jokes or subscribe to a daily joke email. Everyone needs a good old belly laugh!
  • Spend time alone: At the end of every Body Back class we have a few minutes of silent meditation, I LOVE IT! Put on some zen music at home or use an app that you like to play soothing sounds and just be still. I love the Relaxing Melodies app.
  • Meal plan. It has taken me so long to jump on this train but it really is one of the best things I have done for myself and my family.
  • Exercise. Your body needs it, plain and simple. My daily goal is 10,000 steps and I use a Fitbit Zip to track it. I also, get on the elliptical almost daily for at least 30 minutes.

Life happens and somethings just do not go the way we planned but finding time just for you can be done in as little as 10 minutes a day. When my son naps I sometimes have a 10 minute nap before I make my client calls. The key is not to try to change everything at once, but to make small adjustments over time to determine what works for you. Eventually you will have a whole new set of positive life habits and you’ll never look back!

If you need some YOU time and you’ve been wanting to try out Fit4Mom Body Back class email: jenniferordell@fit4mom.com