Finding Balance

Running In Glass Shoes Fitness Blog Finding Balance

I can’t really think of a time where I’ve not been busy in some way. I have always been guilty of burning the candle at both ends, and quite frankly I’m not very good at finding balance. And this is something I’m sure many of you can relate to. When you live a full on lifestyle how do you stop yourself from burning out?

I’ve been thinking about this more recently, as I’m beginning to find I’m not actually doing the things I want to because of trying to juggle a million things all at once. I just started a new job, I’m trying to spend time to work on and improve my blog, I’m training for my first bikini competition and studying to get my personal trainer qualification. Add on family, boyfriend and friends and time becomes rather constrained.

You may have noticed that the blog hasn’t been as consistent as I was aiming for, and my presence on social media has definitely taken a hit. The last couple of weeks I’ve found it incredibly hard sticking to my nutrition plan too, and getting up for the gym has been a real struggle. So after a couple of cries about everything piling up on me, I really realised that something has got to give. So here are a few things I’m doing to try and find a little balance again…

Realise when you’ve taken on too much…

I’m so bad at doing this. But I do now recognise that perhaps when a lot of people were flagging to me six months ago that I was taking on a lot, maybe they weren’t all wrong. But rather than panic about this I decided to do something about it. I called up my PT college and moved around some of my exams and courses so they were more spaced out, especially because studying in the evening is just not happening for me right now. I also had a good long chat with my coach and we decided to take my training sessions down to four times a week rather than five. Doing these two things has immediately freed up some of my time and made me feel far calmer. So first step: realise you’ve taken on too much, and then see where you can make changes to feel more comfortable again.

Do something calming…

Ok, so this is going to sound like I’m trying to fit yet another thing in my already stacked diary. But honestly, this is something worth making time for. For me, doing a yoga session just once a week can make all the difference in my mindset. I particularly love the Thursday night Yoga Unwind class at Another Space. It’s just an hour of smooth vinyasa flows and centring meditation. It’s perfection. It doesn’t have to be yoga though; it could be taking 10 minutes out to do some mindfulness or it might be sitting and reading a book or a blog post. It’s all about finding what is calming for you.

Do something for you…

This might feel like it overlaps a little, but it’s still super important. When life is frantic I really forget to take care of myself, and that often is what eventually leads to me burning out. Next weekend I’m looking forward to a really quiet weekend dedicated to doing some flatlays, getting some portfolio work done and doing some good workouts. But I’m also looking forward to having a lie-in, taking a bath, putting a face mask on and eating some delicious (but healthy) food. I’m still working towards my goals but I’m doing some little extras to help me find that mental balance. I can’t wait.

Reach out…

Finally, sometimes we just can’t do it all on our own. And that’s ok. Speaking to my coach and my course tutors was so incredibly helpful for me. I’ve also sat down with the Boy and had a long chat about needing some help and emotional support too. If things are really feeling out of balance reach out to your support network. And if you want, I’m always only an email away!

Anna x

What are your top strategies for helping you find balance? Let me know – I need them! x


12 thoughts on “Finding Balance

  1. I have to make my cross-breakthrough in the knee to the opiate because I will ask a lot of questions ,,, great contribution and thanks to many thanks for your wide range !!!!! beautiful weeks,,se/nz

  2. I love this post, I used to get very overwhelmed with everything going on and i’m quite the people pleaser, i dont like letting people down but then sometimes it leaves me feeling run down, tired, groggy and full of anxiety! Sometimes its good to take time out for yourself, the good people in your life will fully understand and will also encourage some time to yourself! I’m so glad i stumbled on this post! Hope you find your balance!

    1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it! It really is so important to take that time out for yourself – keep doing that and keep that anxiety away 🙂 x

  3. I loved everything about this post. So true, I am also really bad at recognising when I am taking on too much and pair this with not reaching out enough, something I am working on. Keep going, you will conquer it all!

    Jen xx

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