Finding balance

It's the second week of this new year. For me, it meant going back to school as a full-time student. Luckily I have spent amazingly good time and gained a lot of good energy and positivity on our trip to Finland so I'm ready to work hard on my goals again.

I can't deny that even though I consider my last year a good year, it was most definitely one of the toughest and energy-draining periods in a long time. That's why I thought it could be a nice reminder for me - and possibly gives someone else tips and ideas that can be helpful when you feel like you're stuck in studies or struggle with working life.



1. Go for a walk - preferably in nature. Walking outside is one thing I learned to do more and it really helps me when I feel like I have nothing more to give to my schoolwork for example. Deep breaths in the forests can do miracles.

2. Spend time and talk with your loved ones and surround yourself with people who give you positive energy (also pets are part of this positive group in my opinion!). It doesn't mean we all have to be happy all the time but for example, if someone brings only the bad out of you, is it really a person worth spending your time with? We should learn and grow with the people around us, not become worse versions of ourselves. 

3. Take time for yourself. It's just as important as spending time with your loved ones. Just listening to yourself, your own thoughts and ideas. Learning to slow down when it's needed. Sometimes a brief moment just drinking a cup of coffee or tea and dreaming in your own thoughts can be it.

4. Sleep off a bad day. I have found it to be quite a good medicine many times. If I'm too tired, I can't concentrate too well on anything. There will always be a new day and you can start over.

5. Think positive, do positive. Negative thinking is the last thing that takes us closer to any goals. It's not always easy to stay positive but you get better the more you can see and feel positivity around you. Start with small things and move to bigger pictures. Do something you love or have always wanted to learn. Life is about ups and downs but we can choose how we handle the lower points.


My tips might sound simple but I feel like it's often easy to forget that it's actually the small and simple things we should remember to appreciate and do to become happier. And like I said in my previous post even the smallest steps are steps in the right direction. Still, these are just my opinions and perceptions about the subject and I know there is a lot more out there.

How do you keep yourself in balance when a hectic life is trying to take over you? Feel free to share your tips.

- Jenni

Se on jo toinen viikko uutta vuotta meneillään ja ajattelin kerätä  sen kunniaksi muutaman omasta mielestäni tärkeän asian, joiden avulla selvitä arjen kiireistä ilman että muodostuu hirveää stressiä. Kaikilla on omat keinonsa löytää tasapainoa elämäänsä, ja nämä ovat omiani. Millaisista asioista sinun arkesi tulee mielekkäämmäksi ja mukavammaksi?

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  1. These are such great tips. Balance is super important. ❤️ I keep balanced by disconnecting, reading and make time for friends and family.

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    1. You have good ways to balance :). I'm also trying to read on Sundays if I don't have time on other days. Reading ❤

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  2. I love this! I unwind using my blog - it’s a great distraction for me to write posts!

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    1. You're so right on that one! Writing a blog is a perfect reason to sit down and relax.

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  3. I really need to learn how to sleep off a bad day - I tend to do the opposite and catch up on work till wayyy too late in the night.
    But at least I got around to more walks in nature last year! Baby steps to a more balanced life. :)

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    1. Of course it's not even possible to sleep off a bad day every time but when you can - I recommend to try it. More energy and ideas after sleeping :)! Walks in fresh air are golden!

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  4. Great tips!
    Balance is especially important. I find it hard keeping a balance in my life and then end up full of negativity. I’m learning though :)! I guess that’s what matters.
    Kelly

    Http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

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    1. Learning and will to learn is what matters. So you're on the right path :)!

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  5. I love these tips! I keep balanced by going on social media (weird, isn't it?) - usually people disconnect from technology to find balance but I tend to like to chat to people, and hear about other people's accomplishments which make me even more motivated! I am always open to more ways on how I can power through tough moments! Good luck on your studies!! :)

    Stephanie
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    1. I don't think it's weird - we all have our own ways to cope with hectic life. Whatever works for you is a good way. And thank you, luck is always needed with studies :)!

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  6. I've been trying to stay positive. When a negative thought comes through I acknowledge it, but try to let it fade from my mind and stay on track.

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    1. Sounds good. It's not easy (or even possible) to be positive all the time but the more positive there is in thoughts, the more it sticks to the way of thinking and living.

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  7. Love this. Walking is my favourite thing to do. I’m lucky that I have some really nice walking locations around me

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    1. Lucky girl, not everyone has access to really nice walking routes. I love walking too and hopefully soon there is more sunny walks :)!

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  8. What a lovely post, full of helpful tips. I find grubbing around or pottering in my garden is a guaranteed way of winding down and destressing. There's something so therapeutic about contact with the earth. And I'm with you on cuddles with pets - we have three cats, so spoilt for choice! :)

    Lisa | www.lisanotebook.com

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    1. Oh yes, when it gets warmer I'm ready to some serious gardening! It's so exciting when you start noticing small signs of life on spring and like you said contact with the earth. Cuddles to your cats :)!

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  9. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing them with us! They might be simple, but hey if they work they are totally worth it! I find sleep helping a lot on bad days, indeed. Just sleep it away and start over tomorrow! Though, sometimes that's a bit difficult because of internship (school doesn't really care, at least mine)

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    1. If it's possible to continue after a good night of sleep, I'll choose that because then I'm like a complete new person instead of a zombie. But sure, it's not always possible so we just have to try our best :). Good luck with school and internship!

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  10. Finding balance is very important yet so difficult! Your tips are great! I really enjoyed your post, Jenni ^^

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    1. Oh thank you :)! Finding balance is no easy task so we all just have to figure out what works best for us.

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  11. Most solutions to problems are normally simple but you sometimes need a reminder thanks for that ❤

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    1. You're welcome :)! I also think that simple and small things are the ones that matter but also too easy to forget.

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  12. Glad you have a plan set up to help you stay positive as you get back on a hectic and busy life. We are reading this and reminding ourselves to stay positive too.

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    1. Sometimes we need reminding that by doing small things we can achieve bigger things :).

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  13. These are such simple things, but it's amazing how much something so simple can really improve your day.
    The one thing on your list that I'd really love to be able to do is sleep the bad day off, but unfortunately it's hard for me to do with my work schedule (I'd feel bad about calling off)

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    1. You're so true on that one. And good night of sleep can change things so much it's incredible - too bad it's not possible to sleep off every time we need it.

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  14. I think your tips are very good! I agree especially with that about sleeping in a bad day. I do it too! And my dog sleep next to me. So I tell you, you're right that pets could fuel us with good vibes. Of course humans too! I have also one weird habit... I use to watch videos about baking, crocheting or train videos, while I feel down or I am very tired. Recently I was watching a train form Italy to London, lol :-)

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    1. Yes, pets are great healers when having a bad day. Their unconditional love is something that puts a smile on our face and it's easier to let go of bad mood. Train videos I have never watched but have to check out if it works :D!

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  15. Beautiful post!!

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  16. This was a refreshing post because although they may be simple tips, we often do forget them! I love that you highlight to spend time on your own. I find this so important! It's almost like recharging your own batteries. This is so important in my life in order for me to have the patience I need for work and other parts of life.

    This was a great post Jenni!

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    1. Recharging your own batteries - perfectly said! It's so so important. I'm so glad you liked the post and thank you so much for your kind words :)!

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  17. Great post! This year I will make an effort to put some balance back in my life with going to the gym and blogging as my new hobby, since all I did the past two years was work fulltime.

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    1. Working fulltime is taking so much time in life that finding some balance to that is super important. Blogging is really great hobby so I'm happy you joined our big group :)!

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  18. Such important and great tips! Really helpful x

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    1. Glad you liked them and thank you for stopping by :)!

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  19. Loved this post, those tips are so helpful, I always struggle to find the right balance without letting something slip, it's definitely something I'm going to put more effort into this year! X

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    1. The more focus we put on balance and good things in our lives, the more we enjoy our everyday lives. I hope you have a great 2018 :)!

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  20. These are some really great tips! I love going for walks with my dog. It's the time I really get to clear my head and enjoy what's around me

    Vicky x
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    1. It's probably our dog who taught me to enjoy walking in nature so much. Before I loved walking around in the city center but it's not nearly as refreshing as walking in forest is!

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  21. I really like your "Think Positive, Do Positive" point - I struggle with both a lot but feel best when I somehow fit new positive little tasks or moments in my day. Walks in nature are also some of my favorite things to do when I get too overwhelmed by long work hours!
    And I really hope the new year is a better one for you! You've got the positive attitude down, so life has to step up! :)

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    1. You have found the point: small good things everyday :)! They really can be the big things. I hope you have a great year too!

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  22. You speak #truth Jenni! These are great tips for all of us who get dragged down in life. Have a blessed Wednesday!

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    1. I'm so glad if this post can be a small reminder in our hectic days to slow down a little :). Have a great Wednesday you too!

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  23. Hei!

    Ihania kirjoituksia sinulla! Löysin blogisi uudelleen nyt muutettuani Haugesundiin. Luin myös vähän vanhempia kirjoituksiasi ja löysin Åkrasanden-kirjoituksen ja olen kanssasi samaa mieltä, että tuo ranta on aivan mahtava! Vaikkakin olen käynyt siellä vain uimasesongin ulkopuolella..paitsi, että vähän ennen joulua tuli nainen rannalla uimapuvussa vastaan, eli uimasesonki taitaa olla siellä aina..

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    1. Hei ihan mahtavaa saada lisää suomalaisia tänne Haugesundiin! Ja kiva kun löysit myös tänne blogini pariin. Norjalaiset tuntuu olevan aika karaistuneita, joten en oikeastaan ihmettele uimapukua joulunakaan... Käydään vaikka kahvilla joku päivä kaienilla jos haluat vaihtaa kokemuksia tästä meidän pikkukaupungista :)!

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  24. Lovely tips! A cup of tea usually helps too ;)

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    1. Absolutely, cup of tea helps with everything :).

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  25. These are really good tips! Taking a walk is one I’ve actually started doing recently and it’s so refreshing and rejuvenating!

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  26. These are great tips! Walking isn’t something I’ve gotten into recently and it’s so rejuvenating and relaxing it’s helped me balance out the recent stresses! Great tips! I’ll definitely have to incorporate some of these!

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    1. It's amazing how much walking can improve the quality of a day and how much it can reduce stress levels. And it's free!

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  27. These are great tips! And I totally agree that pets create a positive surrounding aha I find going outside really beneficial too, helps me feel happier! Great post x

    EscapesAndEpiphanies | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

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    1. Cuddling with pets is really good way to calm down. Nice to hear you liked the post :)!

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  28. Self care is really important and just like you said giving yourself an off day can really help sometimes

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    1. Definitely. Listening to yourself and your body is something that gets easily forgotten when life is busy. We all need to relax once in a while.

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  29. Sleeping off a bad day is my little trick as well, sometimes you just need to start fresh and take a nap to relieve stress! xx

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    1. Totally agree! Sometimes just a nap can be so helpful.

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  30. You shared an important message and great tips in this post - thank you for the reminder to take time to pause/ find some calm in the midst of chaos once in a while. Wishing you a happy and healthy year! || www.lorikemi.com

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    1. You're so welcome. Sometimes we need a small reminder to keep our feet on the ground. I wish you a great year 2018 :)!

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  31. Those are such useful tips! I love going for a hike to relax. Xx

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    1. It's really a great way to calm down :)!

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  32. Such great tips! It can be hard when we live online to switch off and take some time to reset. Love taking a walk to clear my head x

    Sophie
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    1. That's so true. It's so easy to forget to reset and put our feet really on the ground. Walks are the best :)!

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  33. Brilliant post and tips! I've only recently discovered the importance of surrounding myself with positivity only. Balance is so important. Thank you for writing this post.

    -SH;AL .xx

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    1. You're so welcome :). It's so important to have balance in life but too easy to forget when you're busy. Lesson learned I could say :).

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  34. Great tips Jenni. Simple yet very effective. I love spending time with positive people who are not judging you all the time. Also, being aware of your thoughts and and detach from them is the best thing you can do keep your sanity! Thansk for sharing!

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    1. It's good to have open, kind and positive people around you. Makes you blossom as well :)!

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  35. Lovely tips! I really enjoy reading your writing :)

    Svéa

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    1. Oh thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed! That really means so much to hear :).

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  36. I need to lean in to these more this time of year! I find it really hard to retain my life balance when we're in the worst part of winter in Minnesota. I think I need to really focus on some of these tips. Thanks for the list!

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    1. You're welcome! Winter can be really heavy time and it's extra important to take care of well-being and health. I hope you'll get signs of spring soon there in Minnesota :)!

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  37. I don't have many friends that live near, and I don't have girlfriend at the moment. So, I do lot of things by myself. And what kind of things I like to do after a week of work? I do long walks in nature, at least one per month. You can see my last one here: https://bucolico-anonimo.blogspot.pt/2018/04/via-romana-da-geira.html
    Next saturday I will do another one :P
    I visit gardens and I do lot of of gardening too. Do you know that gardening is one of the main things that is a natural anti-depressant? Like the walks in nature! The japonese call them shinrin-yoku ;)
    Other thing that I like to do is ride my bycicle. I put it in the car, and there I go to a nice place, usually a park ou a place next to the sea and I make some quilometers. Good for physical and mind :)
    Have a nice weekend ;)

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    1. Gardening and walks in nature are definitely a great way to relax and feel better! I have just gotten a new (old) bike but it has to get fixed first so I can go for bike rides but that's so much fun too! You have very beautiful pictures from your walk :).

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  38. I have two bikes! (one is smal and folding, good for put in the car) but unfortunately at the moment I do not have anyone to join me... but fortunately riding a bike is one of the many things you can do yourself!!!
    And you can already see photos of the last walk too ;)

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    1. Yeah, luckily bike rides are something you can also do by yourself. I'll have a look if you already have new pics on the blog :)!

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