Balance is central to a healthy life. When one aspect of your life becomes too overriding you lose that balance, experience discord between what you want to do and what you actually do. This ultimately leads to depression and discontent.
Achieving balance is not easy. The attempt to balance your work and personal lives sometimes feels like a juggling match. However, if you develop a few healthy habits, it is possible to realize balance in a hassle-free and composed way. Do not forget that the quantity of time you dedicate to each part of your life will undergo variation. Balance is a matter of appreciating the natural flow of life and giving the right amount of attention to all aspects of day-to-day living.
- Don’t fall for the culture and lifestyle around you if you don’t want to. Instant news, work pressures and the relentless pace of life is what the media likes to tell us about the modern culture and lifestyle. If you do not agree with it, don’t buy it.
- Do something meaningful with your spare time. Volunteer, help others out, or do something that suits your personality. Find out what your unique skills are and explore ways of putting them to use to help others.
- Consciously slow down. Walk slower, drive slower, talk slower. Notice things as you walk. Notice the tree that you pass by each day on the way to work and how it changes color with the seasons. Notice the fresh smell of morning and feel the warm sunshine on your face during the day. Become more aware and awake in general and take your time over your day.
- Recognize you have the right to be healthier than those around you. Eat well and exercise. Look after yourself!
- Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Creating a natural rhythm to your day will go a long way to creating balance in your life.
- Create your own circle of friends and family. Surround yourself with people you like and who like you back. Avoid distractions and energy drains.
- Let go of the need to buy the next big thing. Buy based on your needs and not your wants.
- Develop compassion, patience and tolerance for your fellow people. Happiness comes from relationships you have with people.
- Learn to say no. You must guard the resources you have — your time and energy.
- Go home from work on time. There’s always more work to do and there’s always a tomorrow for that.