Jun
03
2014

How to Find Equilibrium {+ My Weekly Plan}

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

How to Find Equilibrium in Your Life + - The Peaceful Mom

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I periodically like to evaluate my responsibilities and schedule to make sure that I am taking care of myself as well as living my true priorities. I strive to find equilibrium in my life at all times.

Equilibrium is the state of rest in which all competing influences are balanced. 

In your finances, it’s having enough income to meet your needs and matching your spending to your income.

Physically, it’s getting the rest you need to balance the amount of energy you are expending.

In your emotional life, it’s having enough emotional resources, energy and stamina to meet the demands of the stresses in your life.

 

So how can you find equilibrium in your own life?

 

Fight for Sleep

Your mind and body cannot function optimally without the right amount of sleep. Sure, you can manage to make it through the day, but you depend on caffeine, sugar and other stimulants to help energize you and then you can’t get to sleep at night.

Summer is a great time to enjoy a more relaxed schedule and make sure that you get enough sleep either by going to bed earlier, sleeping in later or squeezing in an afternoon nap. If you are working full time, try to plan your fun for the weekends so you can get to bed early enough during the week to be rested for the day.

 

Become a Ruthless Eliminator

Being sick recently reminded me that there are very few things that HAVE to be done. Most of the time we become over scheduled because we don’t want to hurt other’s feelings or let them down, and the summer is a terrific time to break free from commitments that you have had during the school year and set a new course for your life.

Just make sure when Fall rolls around you don’t sign up for more responsibilities than you actually have time and energy for. For more help with setting boundaries read my post How to Say No (and be nice about it) here.

 

Fill Your Tank

As moms we are accustomed to putting our needs last on the list. We all know that there are times when our kids have to come first because of sickness or other emergencies, but you cannot function well when you are running on fumes all the time. Take some time now during the more relaxed months to create a habit of daily and weekly “me time”. Your daily time could be a few minutes to soak in a bubble bath or read a good book. Your weekly time can be an hour to browse the book store or a date to meet a friend for coffee.

And speaking of dates, make sure to schedule alone time with your hubby. You and your marriage need it!

 

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This Week’s Plan

Last week did not go as planned thanks to a stomach virus that rolled through our family. I am actually still recovering so the plan is much simpler this week:

 

PERSONAL - go to bed by 10 p.m.; drink 6-8 glasses of water daily; exercise at least 3 times 

PEOPLE -  date with hubby; ice cream with 13 year old

PASSION -  art journal time; read 1 chapter a day

PURPOSE -  pray for and encourage my husband; write daily my current book project

PROJECTS - rest!

 

You can read more details about how I plan here.   

 

 

As a gift to my readers, you can now print your own customizable Weekly Plan! Click here to subscribe to The Peaceful Mom Weekly eNotes and you will receive access the download link along with my e-book Stress Free Meals and some other fun bonuses.

Click the download link and type your info for the week into the planner. Once you are done, right click the form to print and check off each task as you complete it.

(You can see all of the FREE printable planners I have available here.)

   
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What do you have planned this week? Leave a comment. :)

 

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  • Missy

    Good reminders as we all start the summer.

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee Stokes

      Thanks Missy!

  • Emilie

    I am feeling overwhelmed at the thought of summer. My husband and I teach so we are all off for the summer starting next week.

    I have been trying to live more healthy and spend more time as a family as my children are getting older. (three boys 7, 11 and 14).

    I want to have a plan but not a minute by minute fixed schedule. I like the idea of a weekly plan so there can be some scheduled activities.

    Thank you for your tips and ideas!

  • http://mjscomingundone.blogspot.com/ mj

    I just discovered your blog by accident and I am glad I did I like alot of your ideas for family planning and what not, i will be bookmarking this now and following along. We are at the start of summer, school just ended, and my husband was teetering on the edge of throwing away our 15 year marriage, now that senses have been recovered we are going to spend the summer working on just that relationships with each other and purposely having relationships with our kids..not just existing in the same house together. One of the things my husband and I realize we need some date nights like you talk about, and i realized i had given my everything to his happiness in our relationship that was always my motivation his happiness, from how i wear my hair to what i did each day, and now I am stopping and asking God instead what I should be doing, and doing my hair for me, and while working on relationships making me a priority as well. Sorry this is so long….but i love your blog!

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee Stokes

      Hi MJ – welcome! I am so glad you are here and that you enjoy the blog. If you would like to subscribe to my weekly eNotes you receive free gifts and fun info in your inbox. Click here: http://thepeacefulmom.com/subscribe-by-email/

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