Balance; everybody wants it, but not many can actually achieve it. Finding balance in life is one of the most difficult things couples try to do. Life is busy, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, and the to-do lists continually seem to grow.
When we lose sight of the important things in life and begin to place too much emphasis on the trivial things, it disrupts the balance and we find ourselves ending our days feeling drained and depleted. We also find ourselves to be irritable and cranky towards our spouse or families. We start to just go through the motions and the days begin to blend. Additionally, not having balance in life can also leave one feeling depressed or anxious. Feeling overwhelmed with life’s responsibilities is a very typical feeling amongst individuals and couples in our society. Fortunately, it is never too late to make changes to better yourself and your quality of life.
First and foremost, start with setting the priorities straight.
One of the most important things a person can do is prioritize the responsibilities in their lives. Whether it is prioritizing their job responsibilities, social life, children and family, and yes, even their spouse.
Couples should reflect on their busy schedules and see where there is room to “let things go”. Maybe you do not get all of the dishes done one night and watch a movie together instead. Maybe you say “no” to the social gathering over the weekend and relax at home. The most important thing about prioritizing is knowing what is most important to you and your spouse. Every couple is different and every couple’s priorities are going to be different as well. When you begin to prioritize the things which are most important vs. prioritize everything you feel you need to do, life will start to seem much less stressful.
I started with just priorities here, but there’s more. In a sequel post I’ll talk about two more important factors everyone must consider to keep their relationships solid at all times.