Ever wished you had just a couple more hours in the day?  

Sure, I think we all have at some point or another!  Life is an interesting balancing act that seems to change with each phase of our lives but regardless of which life phase we’re in, there will always be only 24 hours in each day.  This can sometimes seem like a time constraint when considering the fast pace of today’s world. From childhood to adulthood, more and more people are living an overscheduled life without taking quality time needed for a healthy mind and body. 

There’s a reference we have in yoga and meditation to the “monkey mind,” a mind that jumps wildly from thought to thought like a monkey from tree to tree.  This monkey mentality can be transformed into the well-¬known action of multi-¬tasking.  

Likely beginning as a positive way of getting things done, multi-¬tasking is now a common result of too many unfinished tasks and projects.  

Sound familiar?  

 The good news is that there are ways to create more balance and alignment in our lives by, ironically, scheduling more “you time.”  For every positive activity you add, see if there is something you can remove or reduce that doesn’t make you happy, make you money or make sense. 

Some tips for living a balanced life include planning healthy meals out in advance, scheduling when you will shop, cook and eat your meals, being sure to get enough sleep, scheduling bed time, waking up earlier, creating a morning ritual, regular exercise and yoga, regular meditation or mindful prayer, time in nature, spending quality time with quality people, time away from the regular routines by taking a day trip or vacation, and a date with yourself doing something you love just for you. 

Just think how nice it will be to look at your calendar and see appointments that bring you better health and well-¬being.  This won’t always be easy, so set some boundaries, defend your time and remember, with a little effort and commitment, you have this!