WHY WE NEED BALANCE IN LIFE AND 7 WAYS TO FIND BALANCE IN YOUR EVERY DAY
Check out this post to understand why we need balance in life, what happens when your life gets out of balance and 7 ways you can find balance in your every day.
BALANCE THROUGH SIMPLICITY
What most of us really want is to be able to focus our time and energy on things that are really important to us and the memories we’ll cherish in years to come.
Balance Through Simplicity is the name of my website. Balance doesn’t mean life will always be perfect but it does mean that you can find your own natural equilibrium without the distraction of clutter, unplanned events and daily challenges to throw you off balance or send you in the wrong direction!
I believe that one of the most effective ways of achieving this balance in our every day is to simplify our lives and be intentional about our choices.
BALANCE DOESN’T MEAN PERFECT
I think many people associate the word ‘balance’ to mean that everything has to be equal, even or perfect. I know that life is rarely, if ever, any of these things!
However, what I also know is that when life is generally balanced, you’re more likely to have all the bases covered.
Your home runs more smoothly, your time is a healthy mixture of efficient productivity and freedom, your finances are managed, you’ve got a good work-life balance, you prioritise yourself and the important people in your life.
WHY WE NEED BALANCE IN LIFE
When life throws a curve ball at you and life goes haywire because you’ve got stresses at work, money troubles, ill health, difficult relatives, a new-born baby… balance means that your life will find its own equilibrium.
A few stresses and strains, however big or small, won’t throw you off. You’ll be able to manage it, juggle it and come out the other side.
Balance is important because the scales can be weighted as and when they need. For example, sometimes in my own life, my efforts are required 90% at work, 10% at home. Other times my family needs me 90% and work has to take second place.
Different parts of my life require different input from me at different times but the balance will swing back when it needs to.
And how do I find this balance? By creating a simple, intentional life that I share on this blog.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR LIFE IS OUT OF BALANCE
It happens to us all. Sometimes life gets busy, stressful situations come up or external factors beyond our control really test us. It’s at times like this that having a generally balanced life is so important.
But how do you know when your life is out of balance?
I’m not talking about the obvious things such as money troubles, ill health, relationship struggles. These really test us all.
There are some other signs that give us a clue to how balanced our life is or isn’t and whether we need to make a few tweaks to nudge us back to a healthier equilibrium. Do you recognise any of them?
#1 Negative emotions become more prevalent
Frustration, anger, anxiety, procrastination, indecision and resentment are just a few signs of a life that’s heavy on our heart and mind, especially if they’re persistent and daily.
If what we can achieve is determined by our mindset then you might want to think about shifting your negative emotions to positive ones to achieve what you’re so totally capable of achieving.
#2 Your body is trying to tell you something
Difficultly sleeping, headaches and poor concentration are just some of the physical signs that your body is struggling to keep up with your lifestyle.
Your body needs to work hard for you every day so listen to it when its needs aren’t being met. You know your body better than anyone so be the true best friend your body deserves.
#3 Adopting unhealthy habits
Too much coffee, sugar, alcohol or smoking, for example, plus the less obvious ones such as blaming other people, always making excuses, putting things off, staying up too late.
Replace these things with constructive healthy habits that support you physically, emotionally and psychologically.
Never compare yourself to others. It brings no joy and doesn’t solve the root problem.
If someone else’s life seems better than your own, stop considering their life and reconsider yours. It may sound like tough love but this is your life, right now. Make it count.
7 WAYS TO FIND BALANCE IN YOUR EVERY DAY
If you’d like to explore some ways to find balance in your life, here are some suggestions for you to try…
#1 Get your home in order
Declutter your unwanted stuff and create some routines to keep your home clutter-free and clean with minimal effort from you. This will mean you’ll have more time and energy for other things, especially when you need it most.
#2 Get clear on your priorities
When you’re unsure of your plans for next week, your goals for 5 years’ time or even what you’d like to do tomorrow, it’s easy to waste your time dithering around.
You lose focus, seldom achieve what you’d like to achieve and miss opportunities. Instead you’re too busy doing the wrong things or have tunnel vision as you lurch from one day to the next.
Identify your priorities and make a point of doing something towards these every day.
#3 Keep a healthy work-life balance
I’m all too familiar with the signs of burn out from a poor work-life balance and it’s one of my own priorities to make sure that I check in regularly with myself and my husband to ensure we don’t blur those lines.
Of course, we have busy, stressful times at work (especially as we run our own business!). I’m aware that work is important but there are other things which are more important. I concentrate on being as efficient and productive as possible at work and make a conscious effort to not bring work home with me.
#4 Your spending
Here I’m talking about how you spend both your money and your time. Neither of these resources should be spent unwisely. Be very careful how you use them, invest them with thought and make sure that what you receive in return for spending them is worth it. Money can be replaced but your time can’t.
#5 Respect your boundaries
Boundaries are an invisible force field which protects you from life. They empower you to say no when you need to, to let go when something’s not in your best interests, to make you feel better when you’re feeling down. Boundaries preserve your sense of self when busy life comes charging at you.
Click to read my full post on boundaries.
#6 Honour your mental health
So much of how we approach life is down to our mindset. What we think and feel determines our decisions and actions so make a point of being kind to yourself, prioritise you not just the people around you, take exercise, eat healthily and listen to your body and mind when they’re calling.
#7 Do something you love every day
It could be eating chocolate or cuddling your dog. Get those happy feelings flowing around your body, recognise that you are important and special and balance your emotional and psychological needs alongside the needs of your To Do list! Your To Do list can wait for a while.