Life Balance Tips for Type A Personalities

by Chrystie Dickens

Happy New Year! Can you believe that 2022 is over? If you are at all like me, you are looking forward to a new year. Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot about 2022 that was amazing, but it was hard too.

People often ask me about my new year’s resolutions. I don’t do “resolutions” per say, but I do set intentions at the beginning of each year. My intentions this year are all about balance. I want to get better at balancing my health, work, passions and my amazing family. I felt stretched so thin in 2022 and I don’t want to feel that way again in the coming year. But how?

I have a few strategies that work for my Type A personality:

  1. Lists – I love a list and I love to cross things off that list! I love the ToDo app for my phone. With this app I can add tasks as I think about them. I can also assign them to specific days, or not. Helps me keep on track!
  2. Meal Planning – I am the first to admit that I am not actually very consistent at this one. I plan to do better this year. Every Sunday I make a plan for the week, go grocery shopping and prep the foods that need to be prepped. Sometimes I order pre preparedmeals from my friend at Erin’s Table here in Eugene if I know my week is going to be especially crazy.
  3. Rest Days – I often feel bad if I take a day off. No exercise, no errands ran, no laundry folded… you know those days. But I realize that I need those in my life. I find that a day with no expectations of myself is the best reset for my mind and body.

Bottom line, you need to set realistic goals for your 2023 and make a plan! You don’t have to be perfect, just keep trying!

Cheers to you all and to a balanced 2023!

Chrystie Dickens is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, Certified Warrior Strength Instructor, and Certified Tribe Team Training Instructor. She is the Founder of Fit and Fourtyish, a personal training and nutritional coaching program dedicated to helping people with strength, agility, balance and weight loss. She can be reached at

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