Let’s get balanced

I have come to see that there is one thing everyone is always striving for and in this post I will give you an easy way to find your BALANCE.

We have work commitments, family and friend commitments, and then our own time, and our own health, but how do we do it all? Well stress no more because this is something I find really works and helps me every time, and that is a day holiday.

Sometimes we don’t have the money or the time to just pack up and go away for a week or month but no matter how busy we are, we always have at least one day off a week, and if you’re not being given this then that is your first step for this year, to allow yourself a day.

What’s a day holiday you ask?… Well I’m glad you did, because it is a time that you can switch off the phone step away from e-mails and phone calls and think about you. I know it’s hard sometimes the phone doesn’t stop but there is such a thing as an automatic e-mail reply or simply text the person trying to contact you and say, ” hi, I’m sorry I’m unable to answer your call today as I am away please contact me between these hours and I will be able to respond then,” Simple.

If you’re still stressing about time take a breath and think for a moment. It is only one day, sometimes all you need is just a few hours of time out, is your health worth this? Are you worth this? Have you ever sat at computer or been in your work place for hours thinking about all the things that need to be completed and then the day goes by and you’ve hardly accomplished anything? The best cure for an unproductive day is leave it, clear your head, go for a walk, a swim do something you love that makes you feel happy and cleansed. As soon as you take yourself away from the issue and open your mind, allow yourself to relax you will be able to think a lot more clear and those jobs that were taking you hours will be finished a lot faster, more efficiently and you will be feeling a lot better within yourself for giving you that time away.

Now this is one of my most favourite things to do so I’m going to give you some examples of some of my very own day holidays 🙂

1. If you’ve got the money but not the time for the long holiday or trip overseas never mind you can cheat.

Not long ago my best friend and I drove an hour away to spend the day at a Japanese Mountain retreat http://www.japanesemountainretreat.com.au/

We had a private hot springs, an hour massage and an 8 course meal overlooking our private lagoon. Only an hour away, but we could have been anywhere in the world. As children we use our imaginations all the time to create these fantasy perfect worlds, as an adult we can do the same but actually have the tools to make them a reality.






2. Be a tourist in your own backyard.

I spent a day with my cousin and her son, and we explored some of the most beautiful places of the Mornington Peninsula at very little cost. A walk with the wind blowing and nature coming to life around Cape Schank, it was so special to watch her son Taj’s face light up with all these new things to see. We drove another 15 minutes to Sunny Ridge strawberry farm where we could walk around eat the most fresh strawberries, (literally we picked them ourselves) and take in the Peninsula views. It’s little day holiday’s like these that make you appreciate where you live so much more. We can often get brought down looking at pictures of sandy white beaches or raging waterfalls around the world and we forget about all the magnificent attractions we have in our own home towns or close by. Don’t be afraid to be a tourist check out what’s going on and explore. Have an adventure! http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/

3. A little drive never hurts,. Still think one day you can’t squeeze enough in? A 6 hour return drive, a fantastic music mix and the famous Great Ocean Road. http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Great-Ocean-Road/Destinations

We visited the lighthouse in Airey’s Inlet and saw views stretching along the entire coast. We went to the beautiful Lorne and swam in a waterfall at Erskine Falls. We saw the world famous surf spot Bells Beach and shopped in the biggest surf store stretch of Torquay. We visited one of my most favourite places in the world Barwon Heads and caught up with great friends. The trick is not to worry about time or about how far things are, you just do it and make it happen, and allow your eyes to open so you take it all in. We so often will continue to think about those work or home obligations and never actually open our eyes to what’s right in front. Take away the worry and doubt and have some fun and enjoy your life, do you want to be remembered as the person that was always stressed and working or do you want to be remembered as a success, a great worker whom always had time to have fun, and to LIVE.

4. The last ideas I will leave you with are the one’s that take up no time but do so much for you.

It’s taking a moment to read a book, to make a delicious fresh meal or smoothie (you could be on a tropical island and no would know, it was just in your home). Do something that scares you, take a leap and try something new, something that makes you excited and really get’s the heart pumping, or maybe you need to do the opposite slow down unwind be refreshed or learn something new. Get your best mates together and have a laugh, laughter is such a powerful cure for stress and a relaxant for your body and muscles.

Start your day by stepping outside your comfort zone, of what is your usual routine and have a play with life. To be wealthy, to be a success in all areas of your life, to have balance, this is not a stressful task, have fun with it and watch how the answers you have been pulling your hair out to find appear when you put what is most important first…. That is you! You cannot be a great parent, a great worker, a great friend if you’re not feeling happy within yourself first.

Anything is possible if you are ready to take it on.

Published by jdv05

I'm an Exercise Scientist leading Personal Training and active tours around Parks Victoria protected spaces of Warburton and the Mornington Peninsula. A lover all things movement, incorporating nature into our sessions and personal workouts. I spent 2014 in Japan working as a tour guide and researching trails and writing active trips for both Australia and Japan. I enjoy competing in fun runs and trail runs, with my favourite being the Two Bays trail run. You can check out some of my workouts and fitness tips on my personal blog, www.getfitadventurept.com Qualifications include: Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science, Certificates III and IV in fitness, Level 1 instructor in Mat Pilates, Wild fitness trainer, Level I and II boxing instructor, Surf instructor.

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