You Can Establish A Habit of Balance in 2016!

Establishing a habit of balance means taking the time to recognize the priorities in your life and portioning your time and resources accordingly. When we choose balance over busyness, we open up time in our lives for rest and restoration.  Article written by Sarah E. Koontz.

Families YOU need these tips, ideas, and "how tos" to live your life well this year! It’s time to embrace limitations and establish a habit of balance that will produce happiness. Let's practice saying no to yourself and work first, and then to others. Let's enjoy the sacred spaces that are hidden from the busy and burdened. Will you join me in living a  balanced health filled life?

 

I long for a more balanced life, don’t you?

We live in a society that is constantly racing towards bigger and better things.

People are more connected and, sadly, more isolated than ever before.

The standard we set for ourselves is perfection, and anything less than that is absolute failure.

I am constantly resisting the urge to go beyond the limits God has placed in my life because I relish in the feeling I get when I am able to do it all!

The problem is that I can’t find a way to do it all each and every day without severe consequences.

 

Establishing a habit of balance isn’t optional, it is absolutely necessary!

 

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One of the things I appreciate most about having a chronic health problem is that I simply cannot survive without balance.

When my life is out of balance, my body screams in protest.

I am truly blessed by my physical thermometer, constantly alerting me when I stray from the path I am called to walk.

God has specifically and strategically placed limitations on my physical life in order to teach me the beautiful habit of balance.

 

Families YOU need these tips, ideas, and "how tos" to live your life well this year! It’s time to embrace limitations and establish a habit of balance that will produce happiness. Let's practice saying no to yourself and work first, and then to others. Let's enjoy the sacred spaces that are hidden from the busy and burdened. Will you join me in living a  balanced health filled life?

 

The world tells us to do more, be more, and have more….more, more, more!

When we set out to live a more balanced life, we must accept that we will do less, be less, and have less in the world’s eyes.

And we need to be OK with that.

When we choose balance over busyness, we open up time in our lives for rest and restoration.

Establishing a habit of balance is hard work because it is so contrary to our culture.

 

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The lessons I have learned about balance in recent years were hard fought victories in my personal life.

I found healing, purpose, and hope in the sacred spaces that I discovered in the pursuit of balance.

You can too!

 

What does it mean to establish a habit of balance?

 

Establishing a habit of balance means taking the time to recognize the priorities in your life and portioning your time and resources accordingly.

If your priority is being healthy, then you must set aside time for rest, preparation of nutritious meals, time to build meaningful relationships, and spiritual growth.

If your priority is to support your family, then you must schedule time for work, and make certain you are well rested in order to excel at your job.

If your priority is raising Godly children, you must plan time to mentor and teach them, to connect with them and build relationships with them.

Nothing in this life comes without a cost.

 

Families YOU need these tips, ideas, and "how tos" to live your life well this year! It’s time to embrace limitations and establish a habit of balance that will produce happiness. Let's practice saying no to yourself and work first, and then to others. Let's enjoy the sacred spaces that are hidden from the busy and burdened. Will you join me in living a  balanced health filled life?

 

Balance requires sacrifice.

 

In order to be successful at achieving a somewhat balanced life, we must dedicate our time and energy to the very most important tasks.

And we need to be willing to sacrifice everything else.

I have given up a lot on my own journey towards a more balanced life.

I don’t have as many friends as I once did, I am not as involved in my church as I used to be, and I have to say no far more than I would like to.

But when I found the strength to give up the non-essentials, I discovered a whole new way of living.

 

A balanced life is a sustainable life.

 

I am no longer spinning out of control, constantly on the verge of a complete physical and emotional melt down.

There are days and weeks where something beyond my control pushes my life out of balance.

But I have learned to recognize the signs and symptoms of an unbalanced life, and quickly do everything in my power to get it back in balance.

Often, when I am in the midst of a big project or have out of town guests, I allow myself to take on a bit more for a short time.

But I always, and I MEAN ALWAYS, schedule time to rest and recuperate the following week.

 

The price for living an unbalanced life is far too high, and I refuse to pay it.

 

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When things get out of balance for one week, it often takes me two weeks to recover.

When I make the mistake of letting my life get out of balance for a month or two, it can take me six months to a year to recover.

I have spent far too much of my life recovering, it’s time to embrace my limitations establish a habit of balance.

I will practice saying no {to myself first, and then to others} and I will enjoy the sacred spaces that are hidden from the busy and burdened.

 

Will you join me in choosing balance over busyness in 2016?

 

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Families YOU need these tips, ideas, and "how tos" to live your life well this year! It’s time to embrace limitations and establish a habit of balance that will produce happiness. Let's practice saying no to yourself and work first, and then to others. Let's enjoy the sacred spaces that are hidden from the busy and burdened. Will you join me in living a  balanced health filled life?

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About Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is a freelance writer and regular contributor at Grounded & Surrounded. If you are interested in growing your faith, nourishing your family life, and discovering the beauty of God's design, be sure to follow her personal blog at SarahKoontz.com. When Sarah is not writing, you are likely to find her covered in dirt, sitting in the middle of her garden, adoring her beautiful flock of backyard chickens. She is eternally grateful for her husband and two little girls, and revels in their simple, uncluttered life. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

7 thoughts on “You Can Establish A Habit of Balance in 2016!

  1. I tend to go overboard on many things and I have really been trying to stay balanced in all things. There were some great reminders in this post, thank you for sharing.

    1. Of course! I think that we all struggle with balance to some extent because it is definitely a hot button issue for me too! It is difficult to find the perfect size to build fences around your passions and responsibilities so that we don’t overextend ourselves. I hope that 2016 is full of balance and blessings for you.

  2. I struggle with balance often so your post really resonated with me, Sarah! I found it really helpful and encouraging and am definitely going to take your advice. Thank you for bringing this post to the Hearth and Soul Hop. Sharing!

    1. Amy, so glad you stopped by! Balance is one of those things we always strive for but never seem to achieve. That said, it is in the journey towards balance that we discover the kind of life we were created to live. Blessings to you.

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