What does it mean to be balanced?
To me, it means that you have a handle on the various elements in your life and don’t feel that your heart or mind is being pulled too hard in any direction. More often than not, you feel calm, grounded, clear-headed, and motivated.
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 responsibilities.
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:
1. Do sufficient exercise. Regular pushups, sit-ups, crunches, jogging or walking are examples.
2. Get sufficient rest. About eight hours of sleep helps the body repair itself. You may personally need more or less, as sleep requirements vary between people.
3. Eat healthier. Look online and find the food pyramid, then try balancing your caloric intake with your exercise. There are several competing food pyramids, so pick one or two because following all of them would be too hard.
4. Find time to relax. Just lie down and think about what you did before you started relaxing. Think positive or take up a relaxing hobby like sitting or sleeping.
5. Pick a hobby that you enjoy. Hobbies can counter daily stress. You could try collecting model trains or postage stamps.
6. Take care and nurture yourself. You cannot accomplish anything if you’re unhealthy. Many of us think we can burn the candle at both ends, eat junk food, do very little exercise, and still function adequately. This may not create any problem as long as you are young but can create severe health problems in old age. So take care and avoid it.
1. Plan out your day, and set goals. But don’t stress out if you don’t accomplish everything just the way you planned. Remain flexible and try different approaches to your goals. Remember, sometimes things happen, and you may not have time for everything. Just be productive in the time you have.
2. Write, but keep it positive. No negative thoughts. If you have negative thoughts, do not write them down. Find someone you can vent negative thoughts to — pretending to be happy all the time will do no good for you in the long run.
3. Find out and develop your talents. Go out and do activities to find what you like and then pursue the one or two that strike your fancy.
4. Keep a diary or journal. This would be a good place to write things. But remember, no negative thoughts.
5. Read. Try classics such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Montaigne, Proust, or Tolstoy. If you are not fond of these, try the newspaper, a fantasy novel, bibliography, or mystery. There’s something for everyone- check out your local library to test the waters.
6. Try to set goals that are reasonable to achieve. Unreasonable goals are harder and will probably just lead to disappointment.
1. Pray effectively or meditate and learn different types of asana, such as: the lotus, the corpse, the tree, downward dog, the snake, etc.
2. Communicate with nature. Go outside, hike, go camping, or have fishing trip. You may find yourself doing most of the talking.
3. If you are religious, study the Bible, Qur’an, Gita, Ramayana, Guru Grant Sahib any Psalms, etc. Learn about Heaven and Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.
1. Do a good deed for other people.
2. Cooperate with other people that you meet.
3. Listen to other people. There is difference between just hearing the words and actually paying attention and listening to them.
4. Synergize mutually advantageous compatibility of elements, resources or efforts.
1. A good education. To get a good self-supporting job, master the skills necessary for your advancement. That way you will not be dependent upon anyone else.
2. The job has to be the one you love. “Love it or leave it.”
3. Money is not that important. Happiness is the most important thing. Remember people on Forbes 100 are no happier than average people.
e 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
1. Know what your priorities are. Examine your values and decide what’s important to you; then set your boundaries. Avoid becoming overwhelmed by juggling too many big projects in your life at once. 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 chew”.
2. Create an efficient mindset. Be organized and plan ahead. Make a to-do list in a planner or calendar for upcoming appointments, impending exams or meetings to attend. Taking the time to connect with family and friends will recharge your batteries and make you more efficient in the long run.
3. Expect the unexpected. If you accept that anything can happen at any time, it’s less likely it throw you off your strid
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.
4. 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 in perspective. Part of living a well-balanced life is learning how to deal with adversity, unforeseen events and uncertainty. Be prepared for the future, but don’t worry about it.
Make a promise of living a wholesome and balanced life to yourself and start following the above tips to make the promise turn a reality.
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