Lead A Balanced Life – 5 Phrases to Use More Often

by Michelle on August 12, 2010

in Balancing Life

Balance is the key to life.  If you are ever going to live a balanced life of care giving and prioritizing yourself, there are some words you need to make better use of.

These words are already in your vocabulary but you probably don’t use them nearly enough:

  1. Yes Thank You – These three words can help more than you know. You don’t have to do everything by yourself.  You are not a human doing. You’re a human being (my favorite quote by Joyce Meyer). Learn to accept help by saying these three little words more often.
  2. No Thank You – Because you are used to always caring for someone else’s needs, chances are high that you don’t know when to stop doing it.  Unlike saying yes to help,  learning to say No will keep you out of overwhelm.
  3. Let Me Check My Schedule – Closely tied to “No Thank You”, being present enough to check your schedule does two things for you:

    1. Alerts the person coming to you for assistance that you value your time
    2. Gives you the necessary moments to consider if you can make yet another commitment.

     

  4. Let Me Check My Budget – A big problem for many caregivers is overextending in the financial department.  Some part of you may feel the need to buy “things” to make up for what may be going wrong in your life.  However, knowing how much you can afford to spend will help you steer clear of financial stress.
  5. Time to Do Me – Unlike the the previous four phrases, this is one phrase you need to speak to yourself.  Being responsible for another person’s total life and well being doesn’t mean you can’t take time out for of overwhelm.
  6. Let Me Check My Schedule – Closely tied to “No Thank You”, being present enough to check your schedule does two things for you:

    1. Alerts the person coming to you for assistance that you value your time
    2. Gives you the necessary moments to consider if you can make yet another commitment.

     

  7. Let Me Check My Budget – A big problem for many caregivers is overextending in the financial department.  Some part of you may feel the need to buy “things” to make up for what may be going wrong in your life.  However, knowing how much you can afford to spend will help you steer clear of financial stress.
  8. Time to Do Me – Unlike the the previous four phrases, this is one phrase you need to speak to yourself.  Being responsible for another person’s total life and well being doesn’t mean you can’t take time out for yourself.  On the contrary, you need time for you more often than anyone else.
  9. As a caregiver, your life needs a little more help in the balance department.  Adding the five phrases I just shared with you can help.

    Do you have anymore that you use to help create a balanced life?  Share them with other caregivers by leaving a comment below.

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