I have always been a person who struggles to find balance between all the things I love to do and all the things I have to do. As I have gotten older I find myself in a place of reflection looking back on all the things that have brought me joy before I became a career oriented adult and the fun spirited, athletic, creative person I was in high school. Somewhere during my personal transition into adulthood I have forgotten how to have FUN! As a sister, a daughter, advocate, a friend, a survivor and someone who lives with a variety of mental health challenges it can be overwhelming to balance all those roles and mange my own wellness. Often I am so busy with work, helping others and family by the end of the day I have very little energy to give to myself let alone financing time to add fun back into my life.
I have great people around me who always remind me to disconnect, take vacation and make myself a priority again. So over the last year I have been doing exactly that, finding ways to incorporate more balance into my life. Balance for me means that I have a plan to manage my work responsibilities, with my family responsibilities, and find ways to nurture my physical and emotional health while adding in more FUN. So in celebration of wellness month I wanted to share with you some tips that have worked well for me over the last year and let you know what I have been up for FUN!
What has worked well for me at work and with my family is being more confident in setting boundaries around what I can do and what I can’t do within the number of hours in a day. I have found having open communication with those around me has made a huge difference elevating my anxiety and stress. This communication has helped open dialogue to give me more of a voice in how my day and to do list is structured.
To maintain my physical and emotional health I have made changes in my daily routine that consist of eating healthy, reducing my caffeine intake and making sure I find time to get outside and exercise daily. Focusing more on my physical health has done great things for my energy levels and really helped with my depression.
What has been most exciting for me over the last year is getting reconnected with my creative side, finding hobbies and challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone. So over the last year I have set goals for myself to train for a 5k, picked up hiking (which is not easy for someone with a fear of heights) and I got back into my creative space and now upscale old flea market finds!
Having the ability to regain control of how my day, week and weekends are structured and not feeling selfish for taking the time I need to feel whole has been a hard journey. I have not fully mastered it yet but I have come a long way over the last year. I am thankful for my co- workers, families and friends who often remind me to take time I need, encourage and celebrate with me my new found hobbies. This has made the world of difference for me in maintaining a FUN outlook on wellness which makes is so much easier to maintain.