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12 Daily Must-Do’s for a Balanced Lifestyle

I realized I was putting 100% of my time into school and was missing a balance of work and play. This left me feeling like a deflated balloon. Can you relate?

Madison Vanden Boom

November 20, 2020

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Life can feel overwhelming...Especially in a year like 2020. 


Over the past 8 months, I found myself struggling to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Managing work, personal relationships, school, and my health felt like a LOT.


I realized I was putting 100% of my time into school and was missing a balance of work and play. This left me feeling like a deflated balloon. Can you relate?


When I began to take steps towards restoring that balance, I felt less overwhelmed and more prepared. Here are the ten most important things that made all the difference.


Getting Enough Sleep 


Things will always feel more difficult to manage if your body lacks the tools it needs to give you energy. Getting enough sleep is key to feeling ready to tackle the day. 


Try your best to get around 8 hours of sleep each night! Bonus if you can go to sleep and wake up around the same time throughout the week. 



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Food is Medicine


Colorful vegetables are your best friend! Whole foods packed with nutrients are the best way to nourish your body. I always throw a handful of spinach in my smoothies to get those greens in right away in the morning. 


Hydration is crucial, as well. If you aren’t used to drinking much water throughout the day, start drinking at least two liters of water a day.


Setting Fitness Goals to Maintain Physical Health


Setting fitness goals is a great way to include movement in your routine. If you keep your eyes on the big picture, you’ll be more likely to continue to work towards it. This goal can be anything. A daily walk, a five-minute mile, the splits, you name it. 


Documenting your progress can be a fun way to stay motivated. You can tally each day you take a walk, track your time each day you run a mile, or take a picture of your splits each time. Now you can look back and see how far you’ve come!


Planning to Avoid Surprises


Girl, get organized! Find a notebook and use this to reduce the number of things you need to remember. The second you know an important date, write it down. I even write down when I need to start studying for an exam.


Find a schedule that works for you. Don’t try to be an early morning person if that isn’t when you’re productive. 


By writing things down and planning, you’re likely to be more productive and less forgetful. This reduces the feeling that your week is overwhelming. You know what’s coming and can plan your time accordingly. 


Take Baby Steps Toward Your Goals


Downtime is crucial for a balanced life. However, I’m here to remind you that it’s still important to work towards those goals!


Break down your big goals into smaller steps. What does progress look like to you? Maybe this is doing one small task everyday that pushes you one step closer. This could be as small as sending an email. 


The goal isn’t to completely rid your life of work; it keeps it from consuming you.


Saying No When you Just Can’t


Even as the superwomen we are, we can’t always do everything. Saying no to something that drains us is a yes to something that will be of greater value. 


If you’re in the middle of one of your busiest weeks of school, brunch can wait until next week. If you feel exhausted and need to take some time off, you don’t need an excuse to tell someone that you can’t cover their shift tonight.


Balance of Work and Play


There is always something calling for our attention, whether on social media, the news, or the people around us. It’s important to disconnect from the craziness and reconnect with something that recharges you.


This is what we call a balance of work and play. You’ve been knocking items off that to-do list like a boss lady. It’s time to slooow down. If you have to, pencil in the time you’re going to take for some fun. I know that Saturdays are for connecting with friends, and Sundays are for preparing for the week ahead.


Healthy Relationships


Finding and maintaining healthy relationships is going to elevate your peace of mind. Having a strong inner circle can offer you support and a sense of belonging. 


These are people that leave you feeling more energized instead of depleted. While you are each other’s biggest supporters, you also hold each other accountable.


Make Time for Self-care


Maybe every Sunday, you know you are going to clean your room, wash your sheets, and take a relaxing shower. We’re talking about exfoliating, moisturizing, the whole deal. 


Let’s aim to do three things a day that are just for you. For me, this looks like a workout, cooking for myself, and my skincare routine. 


Tune In and Reflect


We’ve talked about physical health, but what about our mental health? Find time to be still. 


Breath, reflect and be grateful.


Be aware of your internal state of mind. Please don’t fixate on negative emotions, but acknowledge them and be patient with yourself. Five minutes of gratitude can enhance your mood. 


You could either journal the things you are grateful for that day or spend a moment in silence, reflecting on what those things are and why you are grateful for them.


Set Your Priorities 


What is bringing value to your life, and what is draining you. This is a huge theme of maintaining a balanced lifestyle. What comes first? When you prioritize the areas of your life, you might realize you could be investing your energy elsewhere.


So how do you do this? What’s helpful to me is using that tune-in time I just talked about. I have noticed that there are often a handful of things that I am repetitively grateful for. These are the things that I prioritize most.


Get Involved in Your Community


Start by trying to be more present when out and about. Hold the door for people, make eye contact, greet those you come in contact with. Asking the barista how their day has been can go a long way. 


The Main Takeaway


As easy as it is for us to complain about the difficulties 2020 has brought on, it’s much more beneficial to consider how it has empowered us to grow.




You Can Start Here


By practicing a few of these tips, we can feel much more balanced. If this seems overwhelming, start with keeping these three in mind:


  1. Fitness goals
  2. Maintaining a balance of work and play by saying no and spending time doing the things that recharge you
  3. Planning to feel prepared


So, what’s one fitness goal that you have for this month?

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