I’ve always been a bit shaky when it comes to balance.
Not so much my equilibrium but rather more when it comes to finding a happy medium. Whether it is my paltry attempt at Tree Pose, Warrior 111 or Half Moon, I get the shakes. I know the idea of finding focus is meant to have us standing tall and strong; as hard as I try, I still wobble.
My everyday life presents much the same problem with balance. I’m either overreaching or standing back; the neutral posture never seems to play out. It isn’t as if I want to rove between a manic workaholic and sedentary Netflix expert, I don’t. I want to have a healthy work and play balance; I want to quit so much time on the social media, computer and admin scales and up the ante on the fun, friends and frivolity barometer.
Good idea, right?
A great idea in principle, I don’t know many who have found success.
My feeling is as long as we are aware and we try then we are making progress. Like yoga, I will never be perfect but with every practice, something improves and I feel progress. My life balance is much the same; while I cannot reach the impossible, the more I try the better it is.
How To Find The Perfect Balance?
*Accept a work-life balance makes for a better quality of life.
There is happiness in relaxing and allowing the mind to switch off from what can drive us so relentlessly.
*Work slowly – small gains are as meaningful as the big ones.
Don’t be disheartened; changing habits require time and energy.
*Appreciate the idea of scheduling.
Don’t underestimate the diary, the agenda or a good old list. Physical reminders are great aids to our time management. I’m monitoring my social media use on my iPhone – most days I fail my limits- but I am better than I was.
- *Remember the power of “NO”.
- Saying “no” is a powerful tool and most times it doesn’t make a scrap of difference to others but has a huge impact on us.
Enjoy the “YES”.
Sometimes balance is all about the doing, the letting go and the less serious side of life. There can never be too much joy or too much laughter. Say “yes” at least once a day and watch your world lighten.
Work at something unfamiliar and away from the comfort zone. Challenging us is one way to rejig the balance.
Can we find the perfect balance? Probably not; all I know is I am better at it than I was and that makes me happy. xv
I Can Just About Balance In These
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