Have you ever felt like there was something off and you couldn’t quite place your finger on it? Perhaps you felt a bit down for a few days without explanation. It could be that your life is simply out of balance.
We have several different areas of our lives in which we need to keep balance in order to maintain a sense of order.
- Family obligations
- Household chores and maintenance
- Personal time, including hobbies, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual time
- Sleep and rest
The lists are different for each person but these are the basic priorities for most people.
What happens when any area is not getting the appropriate attention is that we start to feel off balance. You may not notice the affects immediately. Your partner may tell you that they are feeling neglected, the kids may be pulling at you for more attention, you may notice you are getting cranky with everyone because they are demanding your time and you don’t have enough, you may start to feel fatigue or notice weight gain from not enough sleep or exercise.
The solution can be as simple as recognizing it. Once you realize you have been neglecting a certain important area of your life, rearrange your schedule a bit to accommodate that which is in need of your attention. Some times it requires you saying, “no” to areas of your life that have been consuming you. You will need to prioritize and maybe even delegate some things that have your plate overflowing.
You will start to notice a shift and feel a little more at peace when things are in alignment. Keep in mind for the future to not let the most important areas of your life slip through the cracks. Some things, especially time with those we care about require us to stop everything in order to focus on them.
We have the potential of making the mistake of placing one area of our lives as our sole priority. That never works. The scales will tip almost immediately and everything will feel out of balance. Relationships will suffer, work productivity will go down, you may end up getting physically ill, etc.
Understandably, there may be times when life forces you to have one main focus, such as when you have to be a caregiver to a sick child or family member for an extended period of time. That is understandable. When those times arise, you must rearrange your life so that others help you as well so that the balance is kept. It’s okay to ask for assistance when you absolutely need it. There are times when you will simply not be able to do it all.
Take one day at a time, pay attention to how you feel and the way your body is responding as well as how the people in your lives are reacting to you, and you to them. It is possible to have a life that is in balance. It may take time to figure out how to juggle everything but it is possible. Remember to focus on the solution and not the problem itself.
What areas of your life are out of balance?
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