Balancing and Appreciating the Different Hats That We Wear

Estie Reidler · August 7, 2019

Who are you? A mother or father? An employee or employer? A parent? A child? A volunteer? A friend? A chef? An artist? The more that many people consider this question, the longer the list of different hats that we wear gets. Because our lives and relationships are so complex, it’s important to find balance between all aspects of our lives and respect that those around us are often struggling to do the same.

Striking a Balance

While many of the different hats that we wear are positive, there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing.” Finding the happy balance between all of your roles can be difficult, since only one hat can fit on your head at a time! One of the best ways to find a balance between your roles is focusing on the right thing at the right time. Instead of trying to do everything and be everything to everyone (which will certainly lead to exhaustion), you should strive to be fully present in every moment. You can have it all; you just can’t have it all at once.

How Can We Find More Balance Between the Different Hats That We Wear?

  • Think about what is most important to you. What do you value above all else? What aspects of your life do you enjoy the most? What things do you not necessarily enjoy, but endure because they are good for you? Take your time when writing this list and considering things.
  • Keep your priorities handy at all times, whether that means putting them in a note in your phone or writing a list that you hang on the bathroom mirror.
  • When you find yourself faced with things that are outside of your priorities and that don’t benefit you, think carefully about whether or not you should accept.
  • Spend time on your priorities. This should include regularly evaluating your priorities to see if they are still the same.

Appreciating the Hats of Others

Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the thought of balancing everything that you have to do? So does almost everyone around you! Having compassion for the situations others are in is not simple, but it’s important to acknowledge and respect the burdens that others bear.

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