For most of my life, balance was not my forte. I was always struggling with eating too much – or too little. I was working too much – or focusing on the wrong priorities. It wasn’t until I hit my late twenties that my idea of balance actually started coming together.
Today, I’m proud to be an AmBARsador for Balance Bar® because their namesake truly represents how I strive to live my life on a daily basis. I don’t subscribe to extremes – no crazy diets, no “off-limits” foods or activities. I’m open to trying anything and believe moderation is key to living your best life.
So as a busy professional, how do I balance living in the bustling city of Washington, DC with family, a full-time job, freelance work, hobbies and an active social life? Not to mention the time I devote to staying in shape, eating healthy and keeping balanced mentally. It’s not always easy, but I’ve found that prioritizing Balance has actually helped me achieve it.
Here are a few things I do every day to help keep my life in balance:
- Wake up early. I’m up every morning about 4:30am. I know my sweet spot for productivity is in those early morning hours so I make it a priority to roll out of bed no matter how hard it is. By the time I get into my office for the day, I’ve already checked about 10 items off of my to-do list.
- Drink plenty of water. I start and end my day with a full glass of cold water -- and add lots of them in between. Water keeps me feeling refreshed, energized, hydrated and healthy.
- Stop for Mealtime. Planning time for meals and actually stopping to eat them inserts a modicum of sanity into your day. You don’t need to spend a ton of time on it but being well fed (with nutritious foods!) keeps you energized and makes everything in life a little easier. Trying not to skip breakfast and having a set time for lunch and dinner helps you arrange your schedule accordingly.
- Lists. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of life’s to-dos. To stay organized, I make lots of to-do lists. Writing down things that pop into my head gives me peace of mind that I’ll get it done. Often, they are quick tasks that you can complete easily – as long as you remember them!
- Nutrition. I have a selection of wholesome foods that have become staples in my diet. Eggs, apples, bananas, oatmeal, peanut butter, whole grain rice, grilled chicken and wholesome snacks like raspberries, almonds or a Balance Bar®. By relying on delicious, foundational foods, I can make my meals quickly and know I have what I need to power through the next activity.
- Endorphins. The number one excuse people use for not exercising is a lack of time. For me, exercise provides major motivational endorphins that help me get much more done than I would if I didn’t workout. I sacrifice 45 minutes in the morning for fitness because it saves me from procrastinating later in the day.
- Being willing to relax. Despite my busy schedule, I am always willing to drop something if my body is feeling out of tune or I feel like my family priorities are taking a back seat. You have to be okay with missing out on some things to appreciate the more important ones.
*Ericka Andersen writes awesome articles as a paid spokesperson for Balance Bar®. We also send her delicious Balance Bar® products for free, so…best job ever? And speaking of deliciousness, check out the incredible new Sweet & Spicy Nut Balance bare® bar.