What does finding balance in your life really mean? Most importantly, how do we achieve a balanced life?
Finding a balance in life is all the rage these days. I'm sure you've seen it posted all over social media. Yet, with all the awareness that is out there, so many people fail to implement this advice into their lives.
Not only is maintaining a balanced lifestyle essential for happiness and well-being, it can be a tremendous boost to your productivity and career or business success as well. A well-balanced person has a far greater ability to focus their attention and energy on attaining their goals, taking productive actions and moving forward in a meaningful way.
Start by making small adjustments to your lifestyle and eventually you will have a whole new set of positive life habits and you’ll never look back! Here's a few tips to help find balance in your life.
Disconnect on the weekend. This will be hard at first, and you will find yourself reaching for your phone. Just try it, at least for one day or even a few hours each night. Put the phone down and turn off the computer. Give your work brain a rest. Spend the extra time interacting with your family and friends!
Purge. It’s a given that if your life is overflowing you will never be able to achieve balance and manage it all. It’s just not possible. Get rid of everything that is either not essential or doesn’t add something valuable to your life. You'll be amazed at the lightness you feel!
Focus on your health. We hear this over and over again, but usually only give it lip service. We know what we need to do, but it isn’t a priority until we have a health crisis. Our health really does affect the quality of our lives and our work. We are far more productive and happier when we get enough sleep, eat a little healthier and fit in some type of activity.
Minimize the negative influences around you. Avoid toxic people, the complainers, the whiners, poor attitudes. If you can’t completely avoid them, at least minimize contact and tune them out as much as you can. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people
Spend time with you. This is probably the hardest thing to do for the typical overworked and overwhelmed person, but it is crucial for lowering stress, increasing happiness and encouraging creativity. Try meditation, writing, drawing or do some yoga or simply sit quietly for a few minutes each day and do absolutely nothing.
Set aside quality time with your family and friends. Minimize time in front of the television, really connect and pay attention to those you care about. Make a date with your significant other, have coffee with a friend. You will feel the fullness in your soul. It's easy to forget how nourishing this feels.
Do a little something for yourself. Go get a pedicure or schedule a massage. It doesn’t need to be costly. Buy yourself flowers, take a long relaxing bath with essential oils or have a glass of wine or a delicious coffee.
Take a walk and pay attention to what’s going on around you. Get back in touch with nature. Being in nature reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. It not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Who knew?!
Expand your awareness. Take a class, learn to paint or try something new that you’ve always wanted to learn. Read a book that sparks your interest or try listening to uplifting music. Find what interests you.
And have fun! Laugh, joke, play, find your sense of humour, make a date with that person who's sure to make you laugh! Nothing makes the feel better as fast as a good old-fashioned belly laugh.