5 Tips For Living a Well Balanced Life
A well balanced life is essential
for personal effectiveness, peace
of mind and living well.
Whether we work, go to school or are retired, we all have
There is always someone, or something, to answer to. There are
things we want to do and things we must.
The challenge is to balance what we must do with what we enjoy
and choose to do. This is not always easy. If, however, we are unable
to reduce stress and manage a well balanced life there can be physical
and/or emotional health consequences.
Tips for living a well balanced life:
- Take care of and nurture yourself.
You cannot accomplish anything if you're unhealthy. Get plenty of rest,
exercise and eat properly. Many of us think we can burn the candle at
both ends, eat junk food, get very little exercise, and still function
adequately. You may be able to get away with this for a while when
you're young, however, at some point, this life style catchs up with
the best of us. Burnout is a real possibility.
Ideally, set aside time each day for an activity that you
enjoy, such as walking, working out or listening to music.
Or, allow yourself to unwind after a hectic day by reading, meditating or taking a
nice hot bath.
- Know what your priorities are.
Balance does not entail cramming in every activity possible. Examine
and decide what's important to you; then set your boundaries. You may
be in the process of building a career, starting a family or going to
school. Depending on what stage you're at in life, your focus and
energies will be different. Avoid becoming overwhelmed by juggling too
many big projects in your life at once. Maybe planning a wedding is not
a good idea when you're studying for the bar exam. Nor, is starting a
family when you are unsure about your career direction, or relationship
status. Not knowing what you want and trying to do everything at once
can be a recipe for disaster instead of the road to leading a well
balanced life. As the saying goes, "do not bite off more than you can
- Create an efficient mindset.
Be organized and plan ahead. Take time at the beginning of each week to
assess what needs to be done. Make a to-do list in a planner or
calendar for upcoming appointments, impending exams. or meetings to
attend. Be sure also to allow for recreation and quality time for
yourself and your family. Taking the time to connect with family and
friends will recharge your batteries and make you more efficient in the
- Expect the unexpected.
Rather than get stressed and upset, learn to roll with the punches when
something over which you have no control happens. You could get stuck
in traffic, your computer could crash, or your child could get sick
with the chickenpox. Stuff happens. We've all experienced the
unexpected. If you accept
that anything can happen at any time, it's less likely it throw you off
your stride when it does. Be able to adjust your game plan.
Note also, that there are times when achieving balance may
not be possible. For instance, you may have a family or career crisis
that needs your immediate and undivided attention. It may require an
exceptional amount of your time and resources. When that happens, do
whatever it takes and when things go back to normal take time to
refresh and rejuvenate yourself.
- Maintain a positive mental attitude.
Begin each day with the intention of making the best and most of it. It
may not always go as planned, but it can go more smoothly if you put it
Part of living a well-balanced life is learning how to deal with
adversity, unforeseen events and uncertainty. If you practice not
letting things get to you, you will not only learn to live a well
balanced and less stressful life, you will learn to live in and savor
Once you've done everything you can within your control, let your life
unfold. Be prepared for the future, but don't worry about it.
While we can't anticipate and plan for everything in our
lives, we can decide how, where and when to concentrate our energies.
This may require some critical thinking and problem solving, but in the end it
will lead to much less stress and
a well balanced life.
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