3 Steps to Maintaining a Well Balanced Life
If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you sometimes feel like Terrifico, the Terrified Tightrope Walker in the Circus of Life, working without a net while the crowd below holds their breath in anticipation of a slip, you’re not alone.
There is no doubt that our lives are filled with demands pulling at us from many different directions, sometimes with no end in sight.
Living a life out of balance – at a hectic pace -- comes with more stress and depletes us of our energy.
Maintaining well balanced life isn’t always easy. It requires holding steady with the many responsibilities that are a normal and everyday part of life: home, family, friends and work, while at the same time recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.
Finding and maintaining balance when life can be so complicated and demanding is both an inside and outside job.
Take the time to go through this 3 step coaching exercise to uncover where you are and what you could change to bring your life into balance:
Consider how well you take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally.
Do you eat healthfully and exercise regularly?
Do you get check-ups and take preventative precautions?
Do you set aside personal, quiet time for yourself?
Do you make time to enjoy nature and art, filling yourself up again and again?
Think about how you reach outside yourself for sharing and giving meaning to your life.
Contributing to the larger world provides connection and purpose.
Do you spend quality time with family and friends?
Do you give back to life through your time, energy and experience?
Also make notes of requests for your time (from family members, from coworkers or professional obligations). Include “requests” from your physical and emotional self: “I wish I could take time to take a walk today.” Or “Gee, I’d love to take a nap.”
Also jot down your feelings about the time you’re putting in.
Do you resent the responsibilities at home?
Do you feel like you never get to do what you want to do?
Do you rearrange your time, taking away from what you’d planned to do for yourself in order to do something for others?
How does that feel? Honestly?
After a week or two, you can expect to have some pretty clear messages on where there is balance in your life and where there is not.
You'll also come to see what’s important to you and how you can make changes that will create a life of health, well-being and joy—a well-balanced life.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josée Smith, known as the NO Excuse Health Coach, specializes in helping professional women who are sick and tired of being sick and tired of dealing with stress and overwhelm by empowering them to focus on their health and wellbeing.
Josée is the creator of the Turn Stress and Overwhelm into Energy and Vitality system. She has developed several programs to help women reach their health goals faster and easier so they can start living their best years now.
She believes that obstacles are opportunities in disguises. Her motto is: "It's Your Health. It's Your Choice!" Her mission is to empower women to build their confidence, find their strength, be upstoppable and live vibrant healthy lives full of energy, vitality and prosperity.