This month has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me personally so when GoodLife Fitness asked me to come up with a reply to the question, “how do you find balance in your life?,” it was a moment for me to stop and truly reflect on everything I was dealing with at the moment.
Trying to find balance between work life and the everyday big and little stresses of life can be tough and everyone deals with it in different ways. I try to achieve balance in my life by de-stressing before I’m stressed, that means making ‘me’ time. Going to a yoga class with a friend or going for a run is time for me to clear my head and be good to my body at the same time.
For those times I’m really stressed, I find it’s easy for me to fall into the habit of focusing all my time and energy on work or other projects to keep my mind off things, but those things are a distraction from dealing with my stress. What really helps to actually relieve my stress are those moments of being active and whether that’s intense cardio like going for a run on the treadmill at GoodLife Fitness, or something a bit more low key like doing a yoga class, it’s physically getting out there and working up a sweat that make me feel happier and balanced again.
Lately, I’ve also been hyper aware of how much time I spend on my phone texting and talking to friends vs seeing them in person so I’ve been trying to spend less time on all my tech. These are all other ways of distracting myself from real life vs being out there and enjoying it. Taking a moment to unplug and spend time with friends to just relax is the best stress reliever ever. Or what’s better than that? Going to yoga or a run with a friend! I need these little active moments to remind myself that just because I am having a bad day or a few bad days in a row, life’s not all bad.
Stay tuned for a new fitness post next month!
This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.