Balance Your Life Today – 3 Ways to Make Your Life Work!October 18, 2020
“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” – Robert Fulghum, American author, Unitarian Universalist minister
Balancing your life does not require massive changes. You don’t have to abandon your family, leave your employer and escape to a mountain top retreat in order to experience peace and happiness. True balance is starts WITHIN YOU first and foremost regardless of whatever else is happening in your life.
Below you’ll find three simple ways to begin building a greater sense of inner peace and harmony:
1) Quiet time.
When we’re extremely busy, we tend to sacrifice our personal time. Instead we devote all of our energy and attention to caring for others, multi-tasking, meeting responsibilities and “being productive.” This depletes our energy and we begin to feel more and more burdened by our responsibilities.
To live a more balanced life, quiet time to yourself is crucial. You may believe that you don’t have any time available for yourself, but something amazing happens when you consistently find the time; you find yourself feeling happier and more energetic. Your focus improves, which means you still get plenty done! Just a few minutes spent sitting quietly in meditation or reading a book can do wonders in transforming stress into peace and happiness.
Beyond making time for things you enjoy, there are other ways to nurture and love yourself on a daily basis. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep (or as much as you personally need) is a great start, as well as eating nutritious food, exercising daily and speaking kindly to yourself.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re really tired or stressed, even the smallest problem can seem like a nightmare? Conversely, when you’re feeling well-rested and centered, you’re much better able to handle the inevitable upsets. Giving yourself proper care is one sure way to consistently replenish your energy, inner peace and joy. This will ensure that you’ll have the strength to handle whatever comes your way.
Did you know that one of the biggest causes of stress is rigid expectations? We all do it from time to time; get a mental picture of how our lives “should be” and get really annoyed when our outer circumstances don’t cooperate! One of the biggest gifts you can give yourself is a flexible state of mind. Learn how to detach from unrealistic expectations and go with the flow.
When you have a flexible mind-set, you’re able to deal with crises and problems much more easily because you’re not working against a preconceived notion of how things “should be”. You’re able to tap into your creative problem solving skills and move through challenges without all the drama and frustration. Be like the willow tree that bends with the breeze and you’re much less likely to break!
These inner changes can make a dramatic difference in your state of well-being, but you may also want to examine your outer life circumstances and see if there are other small changes you can make to help support your inner work.
For example, you might choose to let go of certain obligations that are no longer meaningful or enjoyable to you. Just because you agreed to host weekly meetings for a support group three years ago doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it forever – especially if it’s become a drain on your time and energy!
Be willing to let go of activities that no longer complement the lifestyle you desire, and you’ll create a space for greater fulfillment, joy and peace.
Hi, I’m Coach Bill Becker and my job is to help you “create the life you love”!
A little about me, I live in upstate New York with my wife Joan. We have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. I’m a graduate of the SUNY College at Oswego, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational/Technical Education. I have worked in a variety of industries including construction, education, and finance. I have held various positions in these industries, everything from laborer, to classroom teacher, to senor management.
Other side of coaching, my interests include spending time with my family, playing at the game of golf and watching my much beloved New York Giants. Oh yea, trying to figure out this new fanged contraption called the internet.