Find Your Balance

Life is all about BALANCE – How to find Your Balance in a hectic world.

Life is Busy – that is a fact of life these days! Technology, work, family, friends, even retirement is busy! TIME or lack thereof, seems to be the #1 problem that we face in our lives. We are overworked, stressed and anxious about all manner of things and with stress and anxiety our health can suffer.

How do we find Balance at get off the treadmill of life?
At 55 I was fortunate enough to take early retirement.
“Fantastic!” I thought – “I’ll have time to do things that I want to do at my own pace after working full time for most of my working life”.
My husband was happy as he had retired and was looking forward to us spending more time together including travelling and having fun.
After two months reality hit – what was I going to do?


I’m not ‘old’ but I certainly started to feel that way – I needed to do something! Whilst I love travelling you can’t do that all the time (unfortunately).
I started writing ‘To Do’ lists, Bucket lists and took on three consulting jobs including teaching myself how to build websites for small business plus also spending quality time with my daughter and gorgeous new grandson while she was on maternity leave.


I was busier than when I was working and stressed as well trying to fit everything in!! I needed more BALANCE (yes, there is that word) in my life.
My problem was I had retired without a plan and after being defined by my work for so long I didn’t know who I really was anymore. I rushed about trying to fill in every waking moment instead of really thinking what I wanted in life.
For those still working, especially if you have a family, it is a constant battle to prioritise so you can achieve some sort of balance and happiness.
Life is short – do something about finding balance, for a happier, healthier lifestyle .


There are three main areas of life to help us achieve BALANCE. Not only do we need to keep balance in life for our mental health but also our physical and spiritual health.

Balance Your Time
The old adage tells us ‘If you want something done, give it to a busy person’.. It means that usually busy people get things done. We all have the same number of hours in a week so why do some people achieve more than others – including time to enjoy their life? The answer? They have a PLAN and Schedule their time effectively.

Try this exercise – Write down all you do in a day or a week that includes all areas of your life. Once you recover from the shock of all that you do, examine what you have written. Are there any areas you can tweak to free up your time?


Balance Your Mindset
To have a balanced, healthy and happy lifestyle you need to be balanced in your mindset. If your mind is overcrowded with the stresses of life, you can’t think clearly, let alone find or make the time for relaxing and enjoyment.

Try this exercise – Sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and breathe deeply in and out for 5 minutes. Try to clear your mind of all thoughts. I know it is hard but if you persevere you will feel so much lighter.
A busy lifestyle can present stresses and anxieties which can become overwhelming – even though individually they may be small. Our mind becomes tired and finds it difficult to cope. Try to have the attitude of “What is the worst that can happen?” – it will certainly put things into perspective.


Balance Your Body
Part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle is finding balance in your exercise and food choices. Exercise is a great stress reliever and we should exercise most days. Walk, run, yoga, dance, swim whatever, just do some movement that you enjoy.
On the flip side though, sometimes we can actually push our bodies to the limit. At this time, you need to ‘Listen to your Body’ and if it is giving you signs that it is tired take a rest day and nurture yourself. There is such a thing as doing too much exercise!


Eating a well balanced diet means that you can still enjoy ‘treats’. I love food and there is no reason you need to live on lettuce leaves alone. The secret is to use the 80/20 rule. Eat wholesome food with lots of vegetables, 80% of the time and relax a little for the other 20%.

Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed so you can have your cake and eat it too – within reason!

Over the next month I will be writing a series of articles about different ways we can bring Balance to our lives… watch this space……

In the meantime, here are 6 quick ways you can start finding some BALANCE NOW!

1. Take a step back to reality – where are you and where do you want to be? What can you change to find balance in your life?
2. Prioritise YOUR LIFE
3. Plan your dreams if you don’t plan for them they may never happen
4. Learn to say ‘No’ without feeling guilty
5. ‘Me Time’ make time to nurture yourself
6. Enjoy the moment and ‘just be’
It has took me some time to adjust to my new life and I’m happy to say it is starting to come together very nicely.

I’d love to hear how you BALANCE your life – leave a comment for me.
Sue xx

Who is Sue Loncaric?

Since taking early retirement, Sue found she needed more in her life and Sizzling Towards Sixty was born. Sue invites you to join her to ‘Ride the Wave of Midlife with Positivity, Fun and Laughter’


She shares her journey through midlife to encourage others to join with her in her quest to live a fit, active and fun life. Sue loves connecting with people and helping them realise their full potential to be the best they can be!
Her e-book ‘From Couchpotato to Fabulously Fit in Less Time than you Think’ has evolved into a Facebook Group #couchpotatotofabfit and encourages others to Get Healthier Together. Plans for online self-development courses are on the way.

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  • Sue, you are such an inspiration to me.
    I see your pictures working out, I follow the work you do online and it gets me excited to keep on moving.
    I love your tips!
    Thank you so much for allowing us all to be part of it!

    • sue

      Wow Debbie! You have made my day! I am so happy to share with you all. As a normal midlife lady I like to show that anything is possible if we try. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day. x

  • Great tips, Sue. And the exercises are very useful! 🙂 Looking forward to the rest of your series.

    • sue

      So pleased you enjoyed the tips Vidya and look forward to bringing you the series. x

  • Heidi Cuschieri

    Wonderful article Sue and really looking forward to future ones in the series too. Particularly love tip four learning to say ‘No’ and not feeling guilty. This is something I have started to get better at as I get older but it’s definitely taken some discipline! 🙂 Great tips, thanks Sue x

    • sue

      Hi Heidi thanks for stopping by! Yes, saying ‘No’ is not easy and something I think we always are constantly working on. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the article and yes more to come. Enjoy your weekend. Sue xx

  • Another great article, Sue! “I’m on my way, but I don’t know where I’m going” — that is me to a T! Sometimes that’s a good thing — “hey, I’m making something happen!” But most of the time it leaves me spinning. “Plan your dreams” really resonates with me. I need to work on that one!

    • sue

      Yes sometimes it is good to not really know where we are going Wendy it certainly keeps life interesting that is for sure! We usually make plans for most things in our life but sometimes forget to plan for our dreams. Time to start planning xx

  • Yes Sue. I’d like to find more balance and time is my biggest issue. I like the idea of doing a time inventory to actually see where one’s time is spent. Just like doing a budget I’m sure it would be eye opening and show me where I could recover some precious time.

    • sue

      Oh I like the idea of a time inventory Molly a great way to see where our precious time goes!

  • I know I spend way too much time with technology, reading blogs, fooling around on the Internet, checking email, etc. But in the evenings that is about all I have energy for. Need to start limiting this, though, and balancing that time with other activities. Great article, Sue, and good exercises for readers to try in search for ways to improve balance.