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Updated by Karen Bettinger on Sep 21, 2015
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Balanced Life??? 12 Important Habits

Here's a list of 12 Habits to Live a Balanced Life, please add to my list!

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Drink more water!

Drink more water!

Did you know that the amount of water you drink can make a big difference in how you feel? When your body gets the amount of water it needs it has more energy, improves your mood, releases toxins, helps with weight loss, and promotes healthier skin. f you hate drinking water… No worries, I’ve got you covered! Infused water just might be the game changer for how you feel about water! Making your own infused water takes very little time and effort, and it tastes AMAZING!!! There are so many different things that you can add to your water to make it refreshing and flavorful. Drinking enough water through the day is one of the keys in helping you gain a more balanced life. You can find the directions to making infused water here:
How to Drink More Water

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Reclaim Your Time!

Reclaim Your Time!

*Oh Precious Time…Where for Art Thou? As soon as you figure out where your time is going, you can intentionally redirect it towards what is most important to you! Yes, we all have the same amount of minutes in the day, but we all carry a different set of responsibilities, so please resist the urge to compare. Whether you work full time, are a student, or home with a houseful of kids, your free time is valuable and hard to come by. Learning to make the best use of your time will lead to a more balanced life. Get your free printable time management sheets here: * How to Reclaim Your Time

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Move Your Body!

Move Your Body!

Have fun while getting your body moving for at least 10 minutes a day. Some of you may cringe at the word exercise because you associate it with pain or insecurities. I want you to start associating it with FUN and FEELING GREAT! Not only does exercise give you more energy, it also brings you a sense of a more balanced life. Here you will find a list of some fun exercises to get you motived to Move Your Body: 10 Minute Move-It

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Choose Gratitude!

Choose Gratitude!

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines gratitude as “a feeling of appreciation or thanks”. It seems like such a simple definition for such an empowering word. Gratitude is so much more than that. It is a mindful choice to appreciate, focus, and reflect on; the blessings in your life, the beauty around you, and the possibilities of what can be. This way of thinking doesn’t come naturally for most of us, including me. This is an important life skill that needs to be learned and practiced daily in order reap the benefits. Having gratitude creates a more balanced life! Find out some simple ways to adopt the attitude of gratitude here: Choose Gratitude

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Get Your Zzzz's on AKA "Sleep"

Get Your Zzzz's on AKA "Sleep"

There are more benefits to better sleep than just reducing the bags under your eyes. According to the experts, adults need between 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. The health benefits include; more energy, elevated mood, reduced stress, body repair, brain function, and a better functioning metabolism. Without the proper amount of sleep, you will have a hard time achieving a balanced life. Here you will find recipes & ideas for a better nights sleep: Better Sleep Tonight

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Eat to Live!

Eat to Live!

Healthier Eating shouldn’t be about the denial of all the foods that you love, but more of a rediscovery of healthier, tastier foods and making them top priority. "Balanced Diet...Balanced Life"! Get your free Healthier Food Shopping List here along with helpful ideas to keep you on track: Healthier Eating

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Encourage Others with Your Words!

Encourage Others with Your Words!

Words are Powerful! They can Destroy and Restore. Words can cause deep pain and they can create pure joy. They can make you feel worthless or priceless…can cause doubt or fill you with complete trust. Words can be as patient as a butterfly or sting like a bee. The words that you speak to yourself and others will have an impact… so choose your words carefully and thoughtfully. Use encouraging words to reassure the people in your life that they are loved, precious and valuable! For a fun little challenge to help you encourage others this week, check this out: Encouraging Words

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De-Clutter

De-Clutter

Who has the time it takes to have an organized home anyways? Well…you do! How great would it be to know where to find the items that you spend so much time looking for ? What if you didn’t have to worry about an avalanche of “stuff” falling on your head every time you opened up a closet door? Okay, a little dramatic, but you get the point! Unless you are one of the completely organized few (and I know some), then this 10 Minute Clutter Buster Challenge is for you! Tackle your "problem areas" easily by following the simple guide found here: 10 Minute Clutter Busters

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Take Care of Yourself!

Take Care of Yourself!

You make sure that everyone and everything is taken care of before you even think about taking time for yourself. Now, this may seem like a good thing (and it is to a point), but when this goes on too long without a break it can be unhealthy. When you have been reset, you feel alive again and your family gets Your BEST You! It’s definitely a “WIN-WIN”. If you can’t bring yourself to do if for yourself, do it for the ones that you love. Pampering yourself will bring you one step close to achieving the balanced life that you desire. Here you will find some valuable Self Pampering "You Time" recipes & ideas.

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Live on Purpose

Live on Purpose

Authentic purposeful living can make a huge impact on the quality of your life, and the lives of others. It’s about accepting yourself, having values, growing, and opening yourself up to the possibilities of making a difference in this world. It's impossible to have a balanced life without a purpose! Authentic Purposeful Living

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Intentionally Be Kind!

Intentionally Be Kind!

There are so many simple “intentional acts of kindness” that you can do every day. Many of them take very little time or money. By turning your good intentions into actions, you can impact a person’s day…or even life. Start here: Intentional Acts of Kindness

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Release Regrets!

Release Regrets!

Your deepest regrets may be caused from circumstances beyond your control, self destructive decisions, or pain that you have caused others. If you are still holding onto them (whether they were self inflicted or not) they need to be released in order for you to move forward! Find the steps to releasing regrets here to lead down the road of a balanced life. How to Release Regrets