Finding balance in your life can be a challenging task, between children and family, a career and finding time for yourself, it always feels like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. As spouses, the parents of four children, and the owners of a fast growing and expanding Newport Beach hair salon, we work every day at finding a healthy balance.
Why is finding balance so important? Losing balance means losing control. It’s important to remember that you can’t do it all. Sure, it is noble to try, but ultimately something will slip. Unbalanced lives come at a cost, including but not limited to, your mental, emotional and physical health. We work in an industry where personality is vitally important to success and being overwhelmed or unbalanced not only costs us peace of mind, but also business. So, how as parents, proprietors and people, how do we achieve balance? Here are a few of our ways:
Be Routinely Spontaneous: cooking the kids dinner, helping them with homework, and tucking them in is a nightly ritual for us. However, we don’t let routines dictate our lives. Rituals keep us organized, but we also want to have fun. That’s why we set Saturdays and Sundays aside to just hang out as a family. Sunday in our house is called “choice day.” Whether we are sitting on the couch watching movies or doing outdoor activities, we spend the day together outside of our weekly routine – achieving balance.
Be Connected: we are in a unique position since we work together at the salon and see each other all day long. That being said, we still make an effort to connect. Whether it is spending a few minutes grabbing a quick bite to eat, sitting in the office talking about our day and what’s on the schedule, or just catching a breath, we take the time to be a team. We are partners in every sense of the word and we always remember that.
Be “Me” Centric: “me time” is important. We have such busy schedules and so many things going on, that sometimes taking 10 or 15 minutes just to breathe and do something for ourselves can help keep us balanced. Our favorite activities include running, cycling, golfing, or just hanging out with the kids. Make sure that you indulge yourself; after all, if you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.
Be Work Focused: it may sound like common sense, but there is a time for work and then there is a time to unplug. At work, focus on work. When you step away from work, allow yourself to step away, even for just minutes at a time. With smart phones, tablets, and the ever-advancing technology industry, we have become accessible 24 hours a day. We as professionals need to learn to unplug to maintain balance. You want to be at your best each and every day, and working 24 hours a day only detracts from that; it doesn’t add to it.
Be Passionate: we don’t work traditional nine-to-five jobs and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are dedicated to what we do and love every part of it; in short, we chose this life. And while we do our best to achieve and maintain balance, sometimes it can be difficult and we understand that. When we start to feel off balance, we remember why we do what we do and the passion that we have for it. It helps to bring us back to a more centered feeling.
What balancing techniques do you use in your lives? Share your thoughts with us below.