by Renee Peterson Trudeau, life balance coach/speaker and author
Finding balance in all that we do is a journey. Every part of our being-physical, emotional, spiritual and mental- desires to be in equilibrium. It's our natural state. And our job is to listen to our deepest wisdom that more than anything in the world, wants to help us return to this natural state of well-being. -- Renee Peterson Trudeau
How do you stay grounded and not allow yourself to get caught up in the chaos and uncertainty that seems to surround us these days?
As much as many of us would like a quick solution or band-aid fix to bring us into a state of equilibrium -a recommendation for a life-changing professional organizer, a snazzy new energy drink or uber efficient PDA or time management system-ultimately, creating balance is something we must do from the "inside out," the only approach I believe is truly sustainable.
Here are eight insights I use daily to help me feel centered, enhance my emotional well-being and stay in touch with what really matters:
- It's essential to be willing to pause. To assess
where we are in the moment (day/week/month) and know that
course corrections are necessary to the journey.
Self-care is a non-negotiable: regular
self-nourishment should be like oxygen. And, it's more
essential than ever to commit to the practice when you feel
you can't take time for yourself-this is when you most need
- Start your day with stillness. Whatever that
looks like for you. When we come from a place of being
fully present, we are wiser, more effective and more
focused in all that we do.
- Be gentle with yourself. Probably the most
life-changing words ever spoken to me (read more). Release
perfectionism, self-doubt and self-criticism and know that
"Your ordinary self is enough" (Carol Orsborn).
- Take time to reconnect with who you are. This is
not something you check off your to-do list, but a regular
practice. What do you need now (not last month) to feel
- Slow down. We're human beings not human doings.
We're all moving too fast and trying to do too much. As my
eight-year old often tells me, "Mom, slower is better."
More and more research is highlighting the ineffectiveness
of excessive multi-tasking.
- Become comfortable living with
polarity. Coming into balance is realizing we can
hold joy and possibility at the same time as sadness and
- Live intentionally. This year thousands of us embraced the Live Inside Out movement as we collectively responded to the call to live a life that is driven by our internal values-as opposed to external or societal values.
My favorite quote by Goethe still inspires me and is taped up in my office and on my refrigerator: "Things which matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least."
What matters most to you in your life and what changes are you willing to make to ensure that your true priorities remain at the top-rather than the bottom-of your list?
About ReneeRenee Peterson Trudeau is a nationally-recognized life balance expert/speaker, president of Austin-based Career Strategists and author of The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life and two other titles. Sign up to receive monthly life balance tips, listen to Life Balance Teleclasses and learn how to start/join a Personal Renewal Group women's circle using the Guide at www.ReneeTrudeau.com
Refresh Yourself from Health to Home"
Join Renee March 3, 2012 at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock for an empowering workshop on "The Transformative Power of Self-Care" and learn how to integrate these insights into your everyday life. The day will also feature more than 40 health and home exhibitors. Women at all life stages are encouraged to attend.