Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new beginning!!! 

-Carl Bard  

There is a school of thought that you never really achieve balance, but you learn to pivot from one situation to the next. 

Is balance a real thing?  

I was listening to a podcast the other day about this, and it was mentioned (as an opinion not fact), that you never really achieve full balance, you just learn how to “pivot” and adjust to your reality and the situations that arise.  We all walk our own tight ropes each and every day, how we do this and how well we can manage our lives through the good and the bad depends on our ability to be aware of this.  

This whole idea of “balancing” and “pivoting” made me think and actually appreciate how well we actually do on a daily basis juggling all that life throws at us.  Yes, our bodies are physiologically designed to maintain homeostasis at any cost, which is beyond our control mostly. Our bodies are amazing and thank goodness forgiving to an extent. However, looking after our minds – that’s up to us.  Making sure we don’t break down mentally, is the harder part.  

Because we are now coming towards the end of the year and the start of a more hopeful and promising new one, and that typical – have I done enough, I need to push harder anxiety comes to the fore, I think there is no better time than now to address this.  

So here is a practical checklist that you can implement to help ensure you stay as pivotable as you can during these last couple of months, in no particular order 

  • Identify your stressors and aim to reduce them where possible, delegate where possible and get organized so that you feel less stressed about what needs to be done  
  • Prioritize – not everything needs to be done today! Put days and time frames on your to do lists so that they are more manageable and less open ended  
  • Accept that motivation may be low to train and eat clean, and don’t add pressure on yourself by being too hard.  Accept, rest and tomorrow Is another day.  
  • Play to your strengths! Do all the harder more taxing tasks -physical or mental, when you are your best. If you’re a morning person, get that worm! 
  • Taking time out can come in many forms. You don’t have to meditate with your legs crossed and hum to be able to clear your mind. Sometimes putting on your favorite music, training, walking outside, or even cleaning can be therapeutic.  
  • Aim to do everything with purpose. Be aware of this, because sometimes we can spend a lot of time and energy on a task, that actually brings no purpose or joy to us.   

There are probably many more ways in which to manage stress, be aware of your lives and reduce anxiety during this time of year, and by all means explore those. For me, this list above is one I keep coming back to, so if it helps you please do the same. 

Dynamite Training

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