Life is one big balancing act, don’t you think? When the mind, body and spirit are in balance (or nearing balance), you are mostly healthy, well and feeling alive. But balance is elusive and it is a challenge to attain and stay in that balanced place. It has us asking, what does it mean to be balanced?
Besides being one of the most tossed around self-help buzz words there is, it seems we are always seeking balance and trying to define what it means to us personally. In this quest, I am often reminded that what works for some people does not necessarily work for others; and that one person’s idea of balance may not constitute anything that seems remotely balanced from another person’s perspective.
For a moment, let’s put aside how we achieve balance and consider the definition of balance. We might universally say that being in balance means leading a meaningful and fulfilled life full of intentional choices we make that are intimately tied to our values and the things we find deep fulfillment in as well as the things that demand our attention, whether it is health, finances or relationships. Given that these things are always in flux, our activities change. However, our general idea of balance can be understood and when that happens we can consciously make efforts to reach our idea state of balance at any given point in our life.
For example, my balanced life is about finding happiness, enjoying blissfulness and attaining knowledge. To others, it may be about asserting control over their finances, ensuring their children are provided for or caring for an aging parent. Or it may be about staying hyper-focused on their goals, or feeling grounded, calm, and motivated.
Whatever the formula, balance is tied to the definition of healthy living. Healthy living is the steps, actions and strategies one puts in place to achieve optimum health in the areas of emotional, physical, personal, financial and environmental wellness. And because our entire self must work in harmony, we need to put energy into each aspect of ourselves. In all honesty, that can be tough!
The good news: There is never going to be PERFECT balance, but the journey as you strive for it is PERFECT. To help you along the way, here are five empowering tips to provide a roadmap in each area of wellness as you navigate the balancing act of life.
EMOTIONAL: Find Your Tribe:
What kinds of people do you surround yourself with? Are you plugged into a community or group that enriches your life? Find that community of people that will raise you up along the journey. Recognize that it’s a good feeling to be supportive for another person that you care for and want to see succeed. It’s what we call a mutually beneficial relationship.
As an empowered community, we believe a support system is important. It makes us feel cared for and loved, knowing there is someone else that cares about our wellbeing. We provide ongoing webinars to learn more about accountability and unconditional support so you are able to accelerate and flourish in achieving your health goals.
PHYSICAL: Step It Up:
Is your workout the first thing to go if your schedule is getting booked? Many of us would answer yes. If your full schedule also includes stressful tasks and situations coupled with less or lack of quality sleep, look out. Sacrificing physical activity for other demands in life because it seems necessary can be detrimental in the long run.
Place self care high on your daily checklist and check it off early the in day if possible so nothing gets in the way. Getting active, even if only for a short time daily, will boost your outlook on life and give you more energy. You’ll sleep better and be more focused when in comes to work and the task at hand. Remember to commit to doing it for yourself and be sure to support your body nutritionally as well.
PERSONAL: Accept Yourself:
You, yes, YOU, were created for greatness. You were made an original and not a copy. Many people struggle every day with self-esteem and self-worth. All day long we are bombarded with images and running commentary telling us how we are “supposed” to look and behave. It can be hard to find balance in life when we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. It is important to strive for improvements, but we must always remember that we can only do it for ourselves, not for anyone else. Fortunately, self-acceptance is something we can nurture.
We encourage you to write out your strengths. If you’re having a tough time coming up with your list, name one strength each day over the course of the next week. It can begin with something basic like “I’m a good listener” Over time you will begin to recognize you are creative, unique, powerful, and have a great gift to offer this world. Sometimes we don’t always see it until we see it in writing. Write it down!
FINANCIAL: Pay Attention:
Not paying attention is expensive in so many ways. The small things that can be addressed easily should be. If they’re not, they build up and create larger issues for your future self to deal with, often at inconvenient times. The energy and extra expense it takes to play fix up for your finances can be draining for your mood and your bank account.
Build time into your day to set yourself up for success in this area. And when you need professional help, seek it. It’s well worth the investment and often pays for itself. Understand you and your families priorities, goals and long term and daily needs. Keep a list of things to tackle and pull it out when your drive to focus is in high gear. These can be necessary things like paying bills, setting up autopay, but should also include some aspirational and motivational tasks related to finances.
ENVIRONMENTAL: Go Green Inside and Out:
In this area, focus on the baby steps you can take in your life to detoxify the home and the body. We aren’t just talking about eating clean, fresh whole foods, although that’s important. We’re talking about your cleaning products, lotions, make-up, air quality and surroundings. Small changes to any of our daily activities represent an opportunity to add balance to our lives without adding too much to our ‘to do’ list.
Make a commitment to change just one habit or unhealthy/ toxic product or practice every month. Don’t forget that human beings are creatures of habit, and change takes time. Perhaps it’s taking a daily multi-vitamin, working out a few times a week, or eliminating the toxic cleaners from the home.
We realize the answers and tips to finding balance might not always be clear. While we can’t anticipate and plan for everything in our lives, we can decide how, where and when to concentrate our energies. Remember: healthy living is a life-long journey and not a quick fix. Take the right steps now that will make today healthier than yesterday and pave the way for healthy living tomorrow!
Have you been able to achieve your goals by reaching more balance your life, or have you felt called to make more shifts, however small or large? If so, we want to know the healthy shifts you want to achieve this year as you strive for balance. And, most importantly, how can we help you?