Life seems to take us in different directions, often to extremes. A grouchy boss can make our life at work difficult. A sick kid can make our evenings miserable. A weather event, like a blizzard or hurricane, can make a lousy week even worse. With so many things going on, finding your life’s balance is tricky. Let’s look for a way you can re-center your life’s balance.
What parts of your life are out of balance? Identifying these out-of-balance extremes helps you determine where you need to make changes. For example, you may be spending 60-70 hours a week on the job, while not getting any time with your spouse or kids. Your work life and your family life are extremely out of balance. This should become a step that you return to periodically to measure how out of balance life is.
Plan What You Want to Accomplish
Now that you know where your life is out of balance, you need to make a plan on how you are going to address your out-of-balance extremes. A plan will give you actionable steps that you can take to re-center your life. Using the example above, you may need to cut back on how much work you take on to cut back your hours. Another option would be to find a new job where you can work fewer hours.
Find Your Anchor Points
What keeps you grounded? For some people, it is getting up early and going for a jog. For others, it is visiting a book store and having a quiet cup of coffee on a Saturday morning. The behaviors and habits that keep you grounded will help you strike that critical life balance. If you don’t have these anchor points, it is time to start creating them.
Learn to Respond Instead of React
When you react to something happening around you, it is usually an impulsive, emotional driven thing. And that is not a positive way to respond to everything going on around you. The better option is to respond in a measured fashion. It is usually calmer and more positive.
Stay Focused on Today, Not Yesterday or Tomorrow
Focusing on yesterday means you are stuck thinking about the hurts, mistakes, and regrets of the past. Focusing on tomorrow means you are preparing for the worst and worrying about what might happen. Focusing on either of these takes your eye off what is happening today. Learn to focus on today.
If your kid wants to share her school day, make it a priority over checking work emails all evening. It will help you regain your life balance and build a solid relationship with someone very important.
Accept the Curve Balls
Things happen which will pull your life out of balance. How you handle it makes all the difference.
Let’s say your boss calls you late on Friday and dumps a major project on your lap that has to be ready by early Monday AM. You had been planning on a fun weekend with your family. How do you react? You may be angry or frustrated. You may be taking it out on your co-workers or even your family.
You need to learn how to release the anger and acknowledge that sometimes life isn’t fair. That will help you focus on what needs to get done so you can get back to life.
Consider Your Energy
There is a lot of controversy over topics like energy and magnetic healing. One thing no one can debate, however, is that there are scores of people who have tried this technique and found that it helped them. If something seems off in your life and you can’t quite pinpoint what it is, this is something that might be worth considering for you. Be sure to do your research beforehand and attend a reputable source for this treatment.
Striking a balance in your life takes conscious effort. Identifying the problem areas comes first then planning how you deal with them is next. Gaining your anchor points will help you stay centered while learning to respond calmly will keep life running smoothly. How can you find your life’s balance?