If you know anything about me, you know I’m all about balance. I truly believe moderation is one of the keys to enjoying life and feeling good about yourself. And yes, at times I binge and go overboard, but the majority of the time I’m living a balanced life. If you’re craving more balance in your own life, keep reading for 7 of my tips.
+ Have a life outside of social media
This is especially important for me since social media is my job and can feel extra demanding, but I think it’s a healthy aspect for everyone. You don’t want to look back on your life and realize you lived for what other people were thinking or social media. I try to distance myself from my phone daily. Whether that’s watching a show with Paul at night, eating dinner with my family, or mornings with Capri. There needs to be downtime from the social media world daily.
+ Mix and match
I’m a huge believer in having a mixed price point when it comes to shopping. Yes, I have bougey taste when it comes to bags and home decor, but I’m also down with wearing a $20 dress or shopping at the same places I did when I was 23 and broke. I’ve always enjoyed investing in certain designer items (Gucci usually), but I know I need to balance that out with affordable items, too. For pieces I know I’ll wear for years, I invest, and for pieces that are trendy or just for fun, I go cheap. You can listen to more of my thoughts on a balanced wardrobe on this podcast (my first ever!). I also wrote about my previous shopping addiction – aka before I learned the beauty of balance LOL.
+ Limit weeknight drinking
This one sucks, but you know I have to say it. When I find myself feeling unbalanced health-wise, it’s because I’ve been pouring rosé like every night of the week. Paul and I now try to limit drinking to the weekend with occasional glasses during the week. Just make sure it’s worth it and not out of habit.
+ Say ‘no’
Another time I feel myself spiraling out of balance? When I say ‘yes’ to too much shit. Blogger events, side projects, even stuff around the house – it all adds up. Look at your calendar and circle the things that you’re not excited about right now. Chances are, you won’t be excited about them once they come either, so avoid anything stressing you out. I find that 1-2 events / dinners / whatever a week is my healthy balance for social events. Find yours.
+ Do something for your mental clarity daily
Sounds cheesy but it’s the truth. If you don’t have time to clear your head and find clarity, everything internal will feel unbalanced. For me, it’s usually some kind of workout or a blowout when I can zone the F out. Maybe you like walks and listening to music or writing out your to-do list the second you wake up. File it under necessary in your calendar.
Make a list of all the things that make you feel shitty or unbalanced. For me, that’s too much phone time, saying yes to too many events, drinking too much – basically anything in excess. But it’s different for everyone. If working overtime makes you feel unbalanced, figure out a way to cut down. If not seeing your family does it, schedule weekly dates with them so you know it’s a sure thing. Take a few weeks to assess what makes you feel out of balance or anxious, then slowly eliminate what you can.
+ Eat Meditteranean
The majority of my diet is Mediterranean because it’s what I like and it’s also a smart way of eating. Since it’s such a healthy style of cooking + preparing, it’s easy to keep things balanced. Think lots of healthy fats like olive oil and avocado and light meats like white fish and chicken. Plus, tons of vegetables, citrus, and limited sweets (personally I drink my sugar though). You can find a bunch of my favorite recipes here, like Baked Lemon Tilapia, Greek Chicken Salad, Ricotta Lemon Kale Salad, and you’ll notice that a lot of what I cook falls into this category.
Side note: In general, I love the Greek way of life. They live an incredibly balanced lifestyle from what I’ve seen and it’s one of the reasons we fell in love with the country enough to get married there. Lots of family time, cooking with wine and music, chill time outside, and having fun (aka partying). If you’re needing a balance overhaul, go to Greece and learn their ways.
Do you have something to add to the list?