tend to underestimate how much maintaining balance
contributes to living life successfully and productively.
As a sports
enthusiast I appreciate how sports are a metaphor for or a microcosm
of life so you will find me making many comparisons and analogies.
Take the example of an Olympic athlete.
To get optimum results he/she must train for the event in the most
efficient and productive manner possible because the margin of error
in a sporting event is miniscule.
You could win or lose in an Olympic event by a hair or one 1/100th
of a second. Not a chance you would want to take.
When in training the athlete must have discipline and maintain a
routine that includes the proper balance of sleep, good nutrition and
exercise. He/she must also employ psychology to make sure that the
necessary mindset or attitude is in place. Attitude and mindset are so
important that they could make the difference between winning and
If any one of these components is missing or out of balance, the
athlete will not perform well.
So it is with living
life to the fullest. We don't have to adhere to the strict
regimen an Olympic athlete would, but in order to function at our
best, we definitely need to balance taking care of ourselves
physically, mentally and spiritually. Focusing too much on any one
facet catches up with us and leads to health problems in the neglected
For instance, if you were to exercise too much (hard to imagine)
and not take time to rest and replenish, you would injure yourself. If
you read or do too much mental work your body would lack proper
circulation and fitness level.
If you spend too much time meditating or relaxing, your brain waves
slow down and you would lack mental agility.
Whenever you overdo it in any aspect of your life you lose
perspective and balance. As Aristotle
"Everything in moderation".
How do we maintain balance in our lives?
Know yourself and how much rest, food and exercise you need
to function at your best. There are many good books and websites that give great advice
on diet and exercise. Decide what works best for you and implement
it into your routine.
Keep your mind alert and in shape. As mentioned in the 10
Positive Habits To Develop, try to learn a new piece of
information each day, even if it's in conversation with your spouse
and children at the dinner table.
Stay connected with family and friends.
At the end of the day share with your spouse and children how
the day went for each of you. We lead busy lives but we should never
be too busy to connect with and make at least one phone call to a
parent, sibling or friend during the day.
Do something spontaneous. Our lives can be too regimented at times so it's a good
idea to do something out of the ordinary every now and then. During
your lunch one day go for a pedicure or massage. Take a drive in the
countryside one afternoon. On the weekend go to a concert (rock,
opera or symphony)
Make time for yourself. At the end of each day take time to unwind. If that means
leaving the dishes overnight, so be it. Take a nice bath, read from
the book you started or listen to some soothing music.
We can take a valuable lesson from elite athletes who, by knowing
how to balance their training routines, are able to function at