We all go through ups and downs in our lives and for most people, this year has certainly presented more challenges than usual! At times, we may feel lost and worried we’re moving through life with no real sense of purpose. Endless to-do lists, a constant need to achieve, or uncertainty can make us feel like we’re not in control.
To restore balance in our lives, it’s important to take time to reflect and reconnect with ourselves.
Accept you can’t do everything
There is only so much we can do each day. Rather than letting it get you down, let go of your expectations and focus on all the things you did accomplish. In some cases, you may need to set more realistic targets for yourself and seek support to help you meet them.
Know when to say no
While we want to help and support others, there are times when we need to put ourselves first. There is nothing wrong with saying no, especially if you don’t feel it will serve you. When someone asks for your help, consider your needs and capacity first. If you’re still unsure, ask for some time to think it over before deciding.
Change your mindset
Every decision comes with a cost. To do more of one thing, we must do less of something else. Recognising which activities are most important and which ones can wait can help us feel less overwhelmed and manage our time better. When planning your day or week, identify and prioritise your most urgent and important tasks and remove those that can wait.
Often, we lose our sense of balance when we lose our sense of self. Taking the time to go within can help us understand what we truly want and need in our lives. By connecting with your inner voice, you can restore your sense of direction in life and make more conscious decisions. The more you listen to your inner voice, the more trust and confidence you will have in yourself and your decisions.