Was anyone feeling like they didn’t want 2018 to end? I had so many good things happen to me last year, and the highs definitely exceeded the low’s. But a new year means many more opportunities and experiences! My overall goal for the year of 2019 is to live a more balanced lifestyle.
I feel grounded when I feel balanced. Balance means being able to handle many different aspects of your life without feeling overwhelmed. The main categories that most individuals are currently balancing are physical health, mental health, relationships, environment, work life and material wealth. When a person does not feel balanced, they feel as if their heart or mind is being pulled in many different directions all at the same time. When problems arise in our lives, it is clear that an imbalance is happening. Whether we’re exercising too much or not exercising enough. If we’re spending too much time on our own and not making time for our loved ones.
Now let’s bring it back to the categories that make up a balanced lifestyle. The first category is our PHYSICAL HEALTH. Think body and nutrition. Things that fall within the category of our physical health are: eating intuitively, drinking water, exercising, resting our bodies and treating ourselves to delicious foods. The second category is our MENTAL HEALTH. This is all about our mindset. How we view ourselves and the world around us. It’s the way we challenge ourselves intellectually and make time for our minds to rest. The third category is RELATIONSHIPS. These relationships include romantic, familial, friendships and the relationship you have with yourself. It’s the balance between giving love and receiving love. It’s about creating boundaries and taking time for yourself, but at the same time making time for socialization.
The fourth category is ENVIRONMENT. This includes our home, our support network, the media, and world issues. The fifth category is WORK LIFE. Depending on where you are in your journey and what type of journey you are on, this could mean career, education and/or business. In our work lives, we should push ourselves to achieve our goals, but we should also see the bigger picture and enjoy this ride we call our lives.
The sixth and final category is MATERIAL WEALTH. This category is all about money and material things we have in our lives. We must allocate money for things we need and not just want. We must think about the future and not spend money when we don’t necessarily need to, but we must know the balance of indulging in something nice for ourselves or our loved ones.
So, how do we achieve this balance?
1. Whether it’s your phone or a day planner, decide on a consistent planning system that you use to record your appointments, lunch dates, due dates, and to-do’s. For me, a day planner is like a map of everything I have on my plate for the day, week, or month. It allows me to prioritize the different things I need to and when I need to do them. I even plan out what days I’m going to the gym and what I’m working on. I try not to allow one area of my life to take over my time at the expense of other areas of my life.
2. A simple task for balancing is knowing what your priorities are and setting them straight. Examine your values and decide what’s important to you and what you can take off your plate. This is a crucial step to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Remember to say no to everything that is either not essential or does not add something valuable to your life.
3. Make time for yourself. Give yourself time and space to meditate, journal, or even to do something simple like grocery shop on your own. I love being busy and socializing given that I am a very outgoing person, but I also love my alone time. Being around people 24/7 is exhausting and sometimes you just need some down time to be still. It’s a great idea to set aside some time each day for an activity that you enjoy whether that be catching up on your favourite TV show or reading a new book, turn off the world and disconnect for a bit.
4. Cultivate an efficient growth mindset. This means that you think of success and failure as a package deal. You don’t think of mistakes as absolute failures, you think of them as lessons from which to learn. You must learn to expect the unexpected and roll with the punches when something happens that you have no control over. You need to be able to adjust your game plan and not freak out when something unplanned happens. This is a HUGE one for me this year and something I really plan on working on this year.
5. Last not but least and probably the most important is to avoid negativity. You need a positive attitude and you need to stay away from negative influences. This is necessary for inner peace and happiness. Practice gratitude, avoid self-criticism and do one thing everyday that makes you happy.
Bliss & blessings,