Individual life balance will look different for each particular person. Still, everyone can benefit from understanding that a healthy balance is essential for maintaining life in a way that nurtures mental, physical, and overall well-being and the relationships in our lives. Whether it is relationships at work, family, personal or romantic relationships, having a balanced life will help bring stability to these bonds. Life balance is about nurturing our priorities and the relationships we consider essential. When we spend too much energy in certain areas, it can often cause regret, guilt, or tension within our relationships. Instead of taking the time to get clear on our intentions and what we genuinely want from life, we can become caught in the trap of just “doing life” without “living life” in present-minded appreciation.
Bringing balance to your life is not necessarily about making a radical transformation or changing your life completely. It is, however, about looking at your life and deciding if making certain changes in specific areas will healthily serve you. Nothing will likely change if you do not have a clear vision of what you want to change. The following exercise will help you to break your life down into seven key areas. You will identify which areas are out of balance, and from there, you will be able to prioritize the areas that need more attention. You can create a healthier balance between work (career, education, and finances) and personal life (personal and mental well-being, life passions, and relationships). Creating balance is not easy, but by completing this exercise honestly, you will have a clear understanding of where you need to direct your energy.
You will be building a map to help you navigate through life, more attuned to how you want your life to be. The pressures that you face daily—financial responsibilities, career goals, obligations at work, family and personal relationships, hobbies, and personal goals—can all become far less stressful when you create a sense of healthy balance. Once you have identified which areas need attention, you can work toward achieving your goals.
Creating balance is an ongoing process. It would help if you had new strategies to break free from the old habits and ways of thinking that helped create unhealthy balance. By identifying which areas in your life you would like to bring a healthy sense of balance to, you will begin to set goals to achieve the vision you want for your life and your future. I recommend that those who have not already done so start to create a “vision board.” The purpose of the vision board (see examples below) is to create a blueprint for your life’s vision. Many people have never thought of doing so, but by writing down and reviewing daily what your intentions are for your life and what steps you need to take to accomplish your goals, you will significantly improve your chances of success.
You cannot achieve anything if you do not first believe it is possible!
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