Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or not, chances are you constantly feel stretched too thin. There is always something that needs to get done, something that needs your attention.
But when we’re always trying to put out fires and stay on top of all the things, it is next to impossible to balance our needs with the relentless demands of our to-do list.
Add in the fact that being busy to the point of overwhelm is seen as a badge of honor in this culture, and you pretty much have a recipe for disaster, health-wise.
Here are some ways you can reclaim your balance (and sanity) in this unbalanced world:
Accept that you can’t do everything
This is a tough one. But the truth that our modern world seems all too eager to overlook is that no one can give 100% one hundred percent of the time.
We are not machines. We need time to relax and decompress from the stresses of the day. Every day.
Bottom line- you can’t do everything, no matter how much you may want to. And that’s a good thing.
Figure out what is most important to you
Maybe work is non-negotiable, but how you spend the rest of your day is up to you.
So, what are the top one or two things worth spending your limited time, energy, and attention on?
Spending time with family? Cooking a healthy, made-from-scratch dinner? Cleaning your house?
Chances are all those things are important to you. But the fact of the matter is that you can’t tackle everything important all at once.
Some days socializing is going to win out over cleaning. Other days your desire for a healthy, home cooked meal is going to give way to a quicker and easier option.
And that is perfectly ok.
No one single choice is a make-or-break scenario.
If you are prioritizing the things that matter most, most of the time, that is good enough.
Remember that done is better than perfect
This is the one I struggle with the most as a recovering perfectionist, but it’s true.
The world is not going to end if the bed isn’t perfectly made. The house can be clean enough even though there are still dust bunnies under the couch. The five-minute workout is still far better than the 0-minute workout.
Sometimes just doing the thing to the best of your ability and not overthinking things is the best option.
Could it have been done better? Maybe.
But there’s an equally good chance that spending more time making sure things are “perfect” will only result in things taking longer, rather than noticeably improving their quality.
So, assuming the thing is important enough to make it to your to-do list in the first place, just do the thing already.
And then move on with your life, guilt-free.
I hope that these tips help you regain your balance.
P.S.- If this is something you really struggle with, you might also want to check out ‘Do Less’ — Kate Northrup’s Unorthodox Advice for Ambitious Women, below.