I’m a preschool teacher and I love my job. Usually I have two classes but for one year I am working full time and have 56, 3-5 years at various times during the week. It’s such a rewarding job. I look forward every year to the new crop of faces, familiar and new. I learn so much from them. The kids keep me laughing and happy as we learn, sing and play throughout the school year.
A teacher can be pretty exhausted every afternoon after this energy. Since I knew how busy I’d be this year, I asked myself this question: “How can I create a balanced life?”
What does being balanced mean to me? It means not rushing, feeling grounded, calm and peaceful, and best of all, excited for my day and for just being alive. It’s feeling awake, mindful, receptive and wise. We all have glimpses of balance in life but not usually on a daily basis. What if you could have this feeling nearly everyday?
We all have the days that don’t go that smoothly. You’ve overslept, stuff down some breakfast, put your coffee in a go-cup and barely make it to work on time. The whole day is often a mess after a start like that. Maybe having a day like this is part of the balance, too. You can appreciate the better days when you have one that’s not quite right.
Here are 5 simple and easy habits I try to do everyday to keep my life in balance. You can do it, too:
1. Have a positive attitude. Laugh and smile as much as possible.
2. Breathe. Andrew Weil has a great breathing technique called 4-7-8 that I got to learn from him in person. It helps me to relax and even go back to sleep at night. (Click here for Dr. Weil’s video)
3. Get up early in the morning. This way, I never feel rushed on my way to work. The un-rushed feeling lasts all day.
4. Have a relaxing meal at night. I love to eat dinner at night with my family. I know this can’t happen every night. Tonight I’m eating alone and enjoying my meal slowly and getting inspiration to write this post.
5. Exercise. A walk or a bike ride is usually possible as part of my everyday exercise.
6. I have a good mix of work, play and learning throughout my day.
I know that life takes over sometimes. Work, kid’s sporting events, an evening out, family obligations, stress over any amount of things can seep into your day. But if you can keep balance in your day to day life, you’ll be amazed and how much easier everything else will be.
So far these simple tips are working for me. I hope you can use them, too.
How do you keep life in balance? Please head over to Cathy Taughinbaugh’s blog to read other blogger’s advice on self care and how to keep life in balance.
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