I’ve felt really out of balance lately. Have you felt the same way? Life happens, and you get busy. And then before you know it, things can spiral out of control. It’s normal to many, but it’s a problem when you let it rob your daily joy.
Let me tell you a short story of how I recently spiraled into an unbalanced black hole.
In the middle of the afternoon, I snuggled under the covers and fell into a deep sleep. It’s Saturday, and it’s also the day that a tornado tore through Hattiesburg and Petal just hours before. The apartment I live in was still intact, but others were not so lucky. My supervisor called me in at 5 a.m., and I worked tirelessly until that afternoon. I was fighting a bad head cold, so the whole week was a blur.
When working in a newsroom every day, nothing prepares you for that kind of disaster, and it throws everything off course. Even though I felt for those families who lost everything, I felt totally out of balance and was unsure how to get back on track mentally, physically and spiritually. I ate whatever was available, I didn’t exercise because I was sick and my sleeping patterns were out of whack. Have you ever felt this way?
Something had to be done.
So, here are a few ways to bounce back when you feel out of balance:
Start with your living space.
Often, if your home is cluttered and unorganized, so is your mind. I find it extremely difficult to work, think and be in a space that is not in order. So, take an hour and clean up your bedroom, organize your desk, throw away old food in the fridge and put everything back in its proper place. Cleaning my living space immediately lifts my spirits and creates a positive environment to practice balance.
Establish a set routine.
When I feel out of sorts, the culprit is most likely a broken daily routine. Often, I feel like my life is too regimented during the week. But the benefits outweigh a day with no structure, trust me. I would be a mess!
Take a few minutes to write down a daily routine for the next five days. Include any tasks like doing laundry, meal prepping or running errands. Schedule in some quiet time or do something that soothes you such as yoga or reading a book. I usually skip weekends, because hey, we all need a break. Stick to this routine for a whole week and see how you feel. And the most important thing to remember is to not procrastinate! We all get the same 24 hours.
Spend some time being still and diving into God’s Word. The times I feel most out of balance is when I’m trying to control every situation and not letting God take the reigns and carry my burdens. Reading certain scripture puts me at ease and helps me put things into perspective. When I let go of those worries and anxieties, I feel at peace. Reflect on those negative thoughts and temptations, and set positive intentions for the day ahead.
Also, intentionally pray for balance daily and for people in your life that add to your worries or insecurities. The best thing we can do is pray for others and ourselves. Don’t underestimate the power of honest, genuine prayer.
Are you ready to feel balanced again? I hope so! Let me know if these tips work for you. They work for me every time, and I’m back to feeling awesome in no time. I’d also love to hear some more ideas about how you bounce back from a stressful week!