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January 22, 2015 | Posted by: Ericka Andersen | Posted in: Health & Fitness
A Busy Life Balance Works for Me

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


What does living a life of Balance mean to you? Join the conversation on Twitter. And for more tips and tricks for achieving more Balance every day, head over to the Balance Project hub.

Ericka Andersen*

*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.

Tags: Goals, Diet, Exercise & Wellness, Energy, Stress, Rest, Lifestyle.


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