5 Signs Your Life is Out of Balance and How to Fix it
Sometimes life seems like a balancing act. It’s difficult to manage work, personal life, and every other aspect of life. This balance becomes even more difficult to achieve when a lot of personal time and energy are going into someone other than yourself. Unfortunately, the caring and compassionate aspects of caregivers tend to make them more susceptible to things like caregiver burnout and an imbalanced life.
5 Signs Your Life is Out of Balance
Certain changes in a caregiver’s personality, relationships, and health are dead giveaways that his or her life is out of balance, and imbalance can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. Here are five warning signs of imbalance in a caregiver:
- A Negative Attitude: When life is a little whacky, people can get stressed or frustrated causing a negative shift in attitude. A negative attitude can quickly become an issue because it will negatively affect a caregiver’s personal and romantic relationships.
- Sleep Troubles: If a caregiver finds that they are not sleeping enough or sleeping too much, it may be a sign that things aren’t well. These two extremes usually bring with them a sense of constant lethargy.
- Constant Frustration: Caregivers are typically extremely patient people. After all, they deal with very complicated and delicate situations on a regular basis. A major sign an individual’s life may be out of balance is if a caregiver starts becoming easily frustrated or angered by situations that are normally tolerable.
- Bad Eating Habits: For some this may mean eating too much, for others it may mean not eating enough. Individuals that binge eat typically find themselves eating far too many sweets and fatty foods, leading to health issues such as weight gain. On the opposite end of the spectrum, those who don’t eat enough can find themselves deprived of the vitamins and nutrients they need to live a healthy life.
- Lack of Exercise or Physical Activity: Exercise doesn’t just help the body feel good, it helps the mind as well. Exercise and physical activity cause the body to produce endorphins, which act as a natural painkiller and help relieve stress. If a caregiver is not getting enough physical activity in one form or another, it may be a sign his or her life is out of balance.
Tips for Finding Balance
If a caregiver finds himself or herself suffering from any (or all) of these signs of imbalance – don’t worry! These simple steps will help any individual achieve balance in life.
- Create a Schedule: Planning for the day, week or even month can help make things less hectic. Of course, as a caregiver, it is also important to plan for the unexpected, which will undoubtedly happen at some point. Otherwise, a caregiver should always schedule ahead for everything possible in an effort to lessen any chance of becoming overwhelmed.
- Talk to Someone: If a caregiver is frustrated, sad, or worried, it is important that they talk to someone about how they are feeling. Some people find comfort in speaking to family and friends that know their situation, while others prefer to speak with professionals. Either way, venting to someone can help caregivers feel less alone in their situation.
- Prioritize: Everything must have a recognizable value and level of importance. For example, most people would list relationships and friendships as a high-level priority, while a low-level priority might be unnecessary activities. Weeding out unnecessary things will help a caregiver put things in perspective.
- Plan Free Time Out of the House: Caregivers should plan time out of the house every week, so they can unwind without worrying about the individual they are caring for. Planning ahead for this is crucial so that the caregiver knows and trusts that their beloved caree is in good hands while they are de-stressing.
- Pick up a Hobby: Whether a caregiver wants to pick up a new hobby or rekindle a passion for an old one, to ensure balance they should be partaking in a little me-time every day. For example, a caregiver that loves tending to their garden should be sure to arrange about an hour per day to care for it. No matter what a caregiver’s interests are, it’s important that they have a little time each day just for themselves.
Everyone’s life may seem out of balance at one point or another. What’s most important is to recognize the warning signs, and learn how to bring balance back into their lives so they can continue living the happy and healthy life of a caregiver.