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The Balancing Act

Written by Jessica Dahm

 

Let’s focus on the word BALANCE for a minute. Balance is a noun that holds several meanings:

1. A state of equilibrium; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.

2. Mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.

3. A state of bodily equilibrium

When life is busy, or all your energy is focused on a big project, it’s all too easy to find yourself “off balance,” not paying enough attention to important areas of your life. While you need to have motivation and focus if you’re going to get things done, taking this too far can lead to frustration and extreme stress.

Before the frustration and stress kick in, take a moment to check-in with yourself to evaluate your BALANCE.

Be aware – of the areas of your life that you are neglecting. Consider or write down your feelings, state of mind, life challenges, or whatever will help you be honest with yourself in assessing your life.

Analyze – if your focus is more on internal (mind, heart, health) or external (family, work, social, fun) things, or if there are areas within each that you would like to be more balanced.

List goals – Based on what you are neglecting or what your focus has been on, write down goals to help you shift your attention to areas of your life that could use a little more of it.

Action Plan – Make a list of daily, weekly, or even monthly tasks to complete to help you reach your goals for a more balanced life.

Negativity, Drop it! – You do not need to spend your time and energy on people and things that are always negative. Minimize your time people, social media, news, etc. that are always negative, and fill your time with positive family members and friends that build each other up.

Commit – Make commitments to get your life in balance. Commit to take a Punch class, TRX class, or Pilates class one or more nights a week. Experts say that exercise may boost your energy levels and your ability to concentrate. Commit 10-15 minutes of your day to do something that will restore you; take a walk, read a novel, listen to music, take a bubble bath, etc.

Evaluate and Enjoy – It takes time and effort to keep your life in balance. It is good to look back and evaluate what has/hasn’t worked in the past and decided what you can do differently to make it work. It is also good to enjoy your life whether it is balanced or not.