Overcoming Ruminating Thoughts & Overthinking

Balance seems to be a word we hear often. A balanced lifestyle, balanced hormones, a balanced diet. But what is balance really?

Life in itself is not balanced. Loved ones pass away, divorce happens, children grow up, jobs change, hormones change, and seasons come and go.

Somewhere along the way, I think balance has become synonymous with doing it all. Being able to handle all of life’s ups and downs, and doing it all with a smile on our face. As women, we were told we can do it all – have a career, maintain healthy relationships, raise the kids, keep the house clean, cook healthy meals, exercise, volunteer, don’t forget about this COVID thing, and find time to relax on top of all that.

It is no wonder so many women are left feeling stressed out, frustrated, and way out of balance.

Creating balance between the things we must do with the things we want to do is key. You can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything, especially not all at one time. So how do we find that balance?

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Be your biggest fan. You have to like yourself. Finding that love of yourself is so important. It makes everything easier. Loving yourself like God loves you is a big step.

Prioritize yourself. By putting yourself first, you will be able to give more, have more energy and zest for the things you really need to do. This includes eating good food, finding ways to exercise your mind and your body, and getting in touch with your spiritual side.

What is your priority? What are the ‘must do’s’ in your life right now? These will change over time. What do you have to do to support those ‘must do’ items?

Learn your strengths and know your weaknesses. Those things that come naturally to you. Tap into those, but also know what things you don’t like. That doesn’t mean give up on those things, but notice them without judgment. Learn how to embrace all of you.

Choose your battles wisely. Have I mentioned you can’t do everything all at one time? Pace yourself. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Ask for help when you need it. Help comes in many forms. Maybe it’s from friends or family members or maybe it is more professional help learning how to prioritize those things in your life.

As a health coach, that’s what I do. I help you incorporate those lifestyle changes that are going to bring balance. I help you produce long-term positive change in psychological, behavioral, and physiological outcomes. Incorporating lifestyle changes can be difficult to incorporate, but you don’t have to do it by yourself.

Valerie Thompson
Author: Valerie Thompson

Valerie Thompson is a health coach, yoga instructor, meditator, breath instructor, and mom of two grown boys. She helps women explore how to take care of themselves by balancing hormones, while juggling their career and family.

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6 Steps to Finding Balance

by Valerie Thompson time to read: 3 min