How To Finally Get Your Life In Balance

I want to begin by clarifying that balancing your life is not something that you’re just one and done with. Frankly, balancing your life is something you must participate in on a daily and weekly basis and is not the easiest thing to achieve.

What Does Balance Mean To You?

Does balancing your life mean having an equal ratio of busy and relaxing days? Does it involve daily self-care to make up for a hard day? Does balancing mean weekends are scheduled for maximum relaxation and quality time with your partner, family, friends or yourself?

Strive For Balance

1. Set More Boundaries

The first step is evaluating your tasks with the goal of seeing what needs to be done immediately and what can be done later. Set strict boundaries with yourself such as making sure you don’t work so much, spend too much time watching TV, or agree to take more work than you want. Sometimes it’s important to actually push yourself out of the door when you are considering staying late to work. Maybe it is making an effort to stop yourself if you engage in an activity or behavior that doesn’t benefit you. Time is everything, but you can only do what your life and energy will allow.

A boundary is putting a limit on yourself or someone else, saying no and possessing the discipline to participate in things that will ultimately benefit you. Can you think of any areas of your life that could use a boundary or two?

2. Take The Time To Enjoy Yourself

Letting yourself have fun with certainly result in greater productivity in other areas of your life. Fun should be on the top of your priorities, not the bottom. If you are not enjoying your current life situation, then what are you really doing here?

What can you change that allows your smile, laugh and love the life that you have?

Three ways to have more fun:

  1. Decide on a community event to attend such as a fair, a museum trip, a play or a concert with your favorite artist.
  2. Pick up a hobby and spend at least an hour a week on it. You’ll be surprised how therapeutic that short break can be.
  3. Find something that makes you laugh. Go to a local standup venue, be around someone you love to laugh with, or simply watch your favorite comedian online. There’s no greater medicine than laughter!

3. Determine Where Your Life Needs Balancing

Evaluate your life situation and determine what area needs balancing and then put your attention on addressing those areas.

Could use some exercise? Need a break? Haven’t spent time with close friends? You’ll need to begin delegate your time to be able to compensate for the areas that are lacking your attention.

Everyone’s life could use some balancing; take the time to determine where you could be giving more attention on a daily and weekly basis. Create boundaries for yourself, have fun, and create your ideal life schedule. Getting your life balanced will allow you to enjoy life to its fullest potential, feel greater peace and even contribute to greater productivity in other areas of your life.

If you find that balancing your life warrants no effort, then you may want to consider becoming a professional Life Coach to help others who are struggling to achieve the life that they want. Our complete online life coach certification training program will teach you the industry of helping others live a better life, achieve their dreams, and grow into the person they’ve always wanted to be.

How to Apply for Survivors Benefits

How To Apply

You will not be able to report a death or apply for survivor benefits online.

The Social Security Administration is typically notified immediately when someone dies. In most situations, the funeral home will report someone’s death to the SSA. It’s recommended that you provide the deceased individual’s Social Security number to the funeral home if you wish for them to submit a report.

If you’re reporting a death or applying for benefits yourself, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). You may talk with a Social Security representative between 7 AM and 7 PM Monday-Friday. You can also call your local Social Security office. An appointment isn’t necessary, but calling ahead and scheduling one could reduce the waiting time to talk with a representative.

When You Report a Death

If you are getting benefits on your spouse’s or parent’s earnings record:

  • You usually will not need to file an application for survivors benefits.
  • The SSA will automatically change any monthly benefits you receive to survivors benefits after they receive the report of death.
  • We may be able to pay the Special Lump-Sum Death Payment automatically.
  • If you are getting retirement or disability benefits on your own earnings record:
  • You must apply for the survivor’s benefits.
  • The SSA will check to see whether you can get a higher benefit as a widow or widower.
  • If you are not getting benefits, you should apply for survivors benefits as soon as possible because, in some cases, benefits may not be retroactive.

Documents Needed to Apply

Choose which benefit you will be applying for from the provided list to learn more about the application process and what documents are necessary when you submit an application:

  • Widows/Widower’s or Surviving Divorced Spouse’s Benefits – Form SSA-10
  • Child’s Benefits – Form SSA-4
  • Mother’s or Father’s Benefits – Form SSA-5 (You must have a child under age 16 or disabled in your care.)
  • Lump-Sum Death Payment – Form SSA-8
  • Parent’s Benefits – Form SSA-7 (You must have been dependent on your child at the time of his or her death.)

If you currently don’t possess all the required documents, don’t wait to sign up for Social Security benefits. Generally, your local Social Security office is able to talk with your state Bureau of Vital Statistics and verify your information online without any cost to you. If the SSA cannot verify your information online, they are still able to help you acquire the required information.