Spring is coming to a close and summer is quickly bursting in. As the weather gets nicer, we’re more prone to wanting to be outside. It gets tough when you spend the majority of your working hours indoors or in a darker(ish) room.
For me, the urge to not only get outside but to explore and travel increases exponentially as time progresses and the weather improves.
But it’s hard to do when you have things like rent or bills or debt to take care of. It’s even harder when you work for yourself and you don’t get things like paid time off or personal days. So asking for days off ends up costing a lot more than just the trips you want to take.
Ah the price for freedom.
Do you ever stop and wonder how some people are just so damn happy and balanced almost all the time? They could be working 60 hours a week, raising 5 kids, making PTA meetings, coaching a youth soccer league, build houses in third world countries and they still make it into the 6pm hot yoga class that I had to convince myself to go to vs. ordering a pizza. And they still act like rainbows are shooting out of their bums.
It may seem redundant to state these things but if you’re not implementing it then you’re majorly missing out. So what are some easy ways to maintain that happy work-love balance that is crucial to living?
In whatever way that you choose. Even just going outside and taking a walk. I personally love to do yoga on a regular basis (going on 4 years now). I’ve reached a point where if I do miss a class for a week or more, I start to freak out (on the inside). And it shows (on the outside). Bouldering or rock climbing has also been a really fun way to stay active.
2. Eat Healthy
And that doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself or eat nothing but salads for meals. That’s ridiculous. (In my opinion salad does NOT count as a “meal”.) Just try to balance it all out. Make sure you’re watching how much sugar you’re taking in, drink tons of water, get your protein in after workouts (and on a regular basis), and work some vitamins in when you can. Plus healthy food can be delicious too. I can’t tell the difference between a vegan peach crisp and a regular one.
3. Do Shit
Seriously. Just go out and do some shit. It’s not that hard. Start making a list of things you want to do or try, places you want to visit (close and far away), people you want to see, etc. Oh and it’s nice to have a friend or two (or sig other) that you can do this shit with. But even on your own it’s a great way to have alone time or meet new people. You don’t even need to go anymore. Doing shit could entail online classes or webinars, reading a new book, starting a new tv show, cooking new dishes, etc.
Either way you look at it, you’re working and trying to live, right? You might as well go out and have fun while you’re doing all this budgeting, saving, and practical adult-like things. Cause no matter what, the world will keep on turning and everyone is going to keep it pushing.
Do you struggle with burnout? Or maybe you just need to find ways to unwind after a long day. However you want to look at it, the secret to a happy life is usually very close by.