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The Balancing Act

18/June/2021

The Balancing Act

Trying to strike a balance in life is never easy, especially when we are increasingly under stress.  The good news is it can be achieved, you are not alone, and we are here to help. 

Unfortunately, most of the time we do not balance.  We simply lean (or are pulled) towards the thing that is most urgent and then we lean towards the next task.  However, by dealing with only the most urgent task or issue, we actually make it harder for ourselves, in the long run. 

So how do you strike a balance?

Expectations

The first step is to have a clear understanding of everything that you are expected to do.  Work out who needs your time; boss, partner, children, self, and others; others may include community groups and sporting teams in which you may be involved. 

Do not forget to include yourself!  We tend to put ourselves last, but this will only add to the problem. 

The best way to work out what everyone expects from your time is to ask them.  Make a list of your own needs and wants, so that you have a clear understanding of yourself before you start trying to include everyone else. 

However, when you try to have these conversations with a loved one it can sometimes be difficult. Consider that if you are having difficulty striking a balance, they may also be as well. 

Prioritising and Structuring Time

By this stage, you have probably realised that you need an extra 3 days a week and 10 hours a day to get everything done!  Go through the lists with those around you to prioritise what needs to be done and when.  Consider their expectations and needs as well as your own. 

Once you have prioritised the tasks, worked out where you need to be and when; it is time to put it in a format you can use.  Some people use a calendar, a diary or phone reminders.  By blocking out time – work, family, and time for yourself – it is easier to strike a day-to-day balance. 

Once we are on top of what is expected of us each day, it will not be so hard to cope when something out of the blue happens.  

Health and exercise

Try to structure time to look after your health.  As most of us are very time poor, try to combine things, exercise and family time go well together; take a walk, ride, play a game. 

Remember to structure sleep into your daily routine.  If you miss sleep one day, it will affect you the next.  Poor diet and lack of exercise also negatively impact energy levels, sleep, and resilience.

Try not to take work home with you

Easy to say!!!

But what about when your family’s future and quality of life depends on the health of your business or your job.  By being open about it, at least your family will understand why you have to work so much and why you are stressed. 

Remember it is not about big changes.  By doing a little bit every week to strike a better balance, you improve your health, reduce your stress, and improve your quality of life.

The Tully Support Centre is funded by the Queensland Government and services communities throughout the Cassowary Coast. 

The Tully Support Centre is located at 54 Bryant Street in Tully and has opening hours Monday to Thursday from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

To register your interest or for more information about groups and other services please call 40 681 004, check the Tully Support Centre online at www.tullysupportcentre.com.au or follow us on Facebook “Tully Support Centre Inc.”.

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