The Art of Balance

I thank the universe
for taking everything
it has taken
and giving everything
it is giving 
- balance

I thought I would come to you today with some advice and thoughts on balance, because I was flipping through "Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur and read something that really made me think. I'm by no means an expert, but as I've grown older, I'd like to think I've learned a lot about myself, and more in particular, I've learned that balance is a vital ingredient to be an organized, happy, and wholesome individual. Now, I would say I'm a pretty organized person. I keep things organized and clean in my home and at my work desk, I set deadlines, and I've been often told that I manage my time quite efficiently. I like to stay on top of things. I'm a pretty happy person as well and I try to keep a positive mindset. But that doesn't mean I don't get really down or stressed or anxious about little things in life along the way. Let me tell you, stress is my biggest enemy. It makes me worry like no other, lash out when I don't mean to, and sort of makes me just want to disappear for a little while. This is why balance is so important - so I don't get to those stressing points; doing little things here and there to keep me in the right direction. It's important to understand that the world...and life in general... functions on a balanced scale. Good things happen and bad things happen. Life takes and life gives. We have time for work and we have time for leisure. If we didn't have time for work, we wouldn't have some of the leisurely things in our lives, and if we didn't take time for ourselves, we wouldn't function properly at work. I've learned when it comes to deadlines, starting early is a huge reliever. If you have a free day, start on something a week or two in advance so you don't run into any issues. But, in the same vein, be sure to actually set days aside strictly for 'you' time. No work, no worries; nothing to bring you stress. If you like spending time outdoors, do that. If you enjoy bubble baths, facials, and tea, do that. Have your alone time for self-reflection and have social time with friends and family to connect. Manage your time efficiently and make time for things that bring you happiness while you also juggle inevitable life stressors. It's true, balance isn't always an easy thing to conquer. I've concluded over time that routines work great for me, but they don't always block out the stressful moments and that's OK. It's normal and you aren't alone. You just have to remember to breathe.

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