Life Well-Balanced: Finding Your Center
Maneuvering through each day can sometimes be a challenge. Our lives are multi-faceted, and we each develop personal strategies for managing all of our "adjectives".
The list of everything that makes us whole is endless and constantly changing. Over time, we learn techniques that help us juggle. But whether you're a compartmentalizer, a multi-tasker, or something in-between, our strategies rely on one thing…
To be successful at work and at home, it's important to understand your individual needs and learn what balanced means for you. When things come along that knock your carefully managed plans out of whack, you'll be able to recognize the stressors and adjust quickly. Watch out for my next blog post to learn how to identify and correct an imbalance.
There are six components to a well-balanced life. Our personal and professional lives come together to support each piece of the pie and make us whole.
This is what typically comes to mind when someone talks about their health. It includes everything you do to take care of your body, such as exercise, nutrition, sleep, medical appointments, etc. It's important, but it's only one piece of living a health, well-balanced life.
How you feel inside has a big impact on your life and health. It includes stress, self-confidence, positivity, self-esteem, moods, etc. When you are emotionally healthy and balanced, you are better able to navigate the ups and downs of life.
Humans are naturally social creatures, so whether you're an introvert or extrovert it's important to interact with others. Family, friends, and even pets can provide you with much needed companionship.
Spiritual Well-being: Regardless of your religious beliefs, it's critical to find a way to connect with the world or a greater power in a deeper way. Regular prayer or meditation is generally associated with spiritual well-being and can help as you seek meaning and purpose in your life.
We have long understood that financial challenges can have negative impacts on our physical and emotional health, as well as relationships. Financial well-being should be nurtured and is considered an important factor in your overall health.
Engaging in life-long learning and intellectually-stimulating activities can have a huge impact on our quality of life. Whether you decide to pick up a new skill or challenge your mind with crossword puzzles, it's important to care for our cognitive well-being.
Spend some time thinking about what each of these well-being components means to you. What is your version of a well-balanced life?