How I Stayed Balanced After the Big Move

What makes you smile? What brings you peace? Every day there should be a little light amidst the chaos.

Sometimes our days can get ahead of us. We wake up and follow a schedule with a one track mind. Alarm. Work. Eat. Work. Sleep. Repeat. Fully packed schedules can make the days drag or fly past us. When there’s not a balance between work and personal life, everything can start to get overwhelming. Before that happens, get in control.

A great way to maintain work-life balance is to focus on things that you enjoy. Things that brighten your day or help you stay leveled don’t necessarily have to be spectacular things. Some of the best ways to stay balanced are simple. This has been especially beneficial after moving to Shanghai. Between the new place and new job, there were many things that I had to get accustomed to. A few things that helped me out along the way…

Writing. Writing for me is very therapeutically. Between typing and journaling with pen to paper, I stay very content.

Photography. Whenever I get the chance, I go out and shoot. More than actually taking photos, the editing process I find very soothing.

Walking. This one is a new habit. My walks are really just wanderings and drifting to help escape. (This will probably be the most amount of activity for me.)

New eateries. There are plenty of places to eat in Shanghai! So much food. So many types of food. Not enough time and not enough stomach for all; but I give it my best shot.

Hanging out. New place. New discoveries with new people. One of the things that I appreciate about my new workplace, is the atmosphere of family. We support each other, encourage each other to try new things, and take on adventures together.

Home Décor. With a tad bit of OCD, I love interior decorating; especially, when it includes greenery and paintings. Nothing quite completes my living space like a floral centerpiece. I change for month and season (or whenever I just need a change). So, it’s great learning about interior decorating trends and creating new floral arrangements.

Language studies. It was inevitable that I would need to learn a few phrases living in a foreign country. Learning Chinese is definitely a struggle, but I feel so accomplished whenever I can order a cup of coffee in Mandarin.

I encourage you to become intentional about maintaining work-life balance. Delve into your creative side, become an enthusiast, and discover new hobbies. Just because you work in one specific field, or study a particular major, doesn’t mean you can’t have multiple interests. Get active. Pick up a paintbrush. Become a connoisseur of what you find unique. It is the variety that keeps our days lively.

#mentalhealth #balance

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