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Is Your Life Out of Balance?

Step with care and great tact and remember that life's a great balancing act. - Dr. Seuss

How do our lives get out of balance? Is life ever balanced? Sometimes I nail one aspect of my life and completely neglect another. We are all balancing many aspects of our life all at once: our spouse or significant other, family, friends, a career, our home, finances, personal growth, fun and recreation, and our health. So, what’s the trick? How do we keep things as balanced as possible?

I think there are a few things that are absolutely essential to creating some equilibrium. First of all we need awareness. I know I’ve said this before, but like with all things we need to be aware when life gets out of whack! There have been many times that I’ve found myself on auto-pilot going from one activity to the next feeling lackluster and lethargic until something snapped me out of it!

When my kids were much younger it was extremely difficult to balance my self-care. Sleep? I was lucky to get a solid 3-4 hours when they were babies. Food? A few home-cooked meals a week was a victory. Exercise? As long as pushing the stroller through Target or the grocery store counted, I was good. Meditation or quiet time? Ha! Non-existent. Yes, there are times in our life when our self-care practice is more in line with our ideal, and other times that it truly is a struggle. But if we want to bring balance to those areas we’ve first got to recognize that they are out of alignment.

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.- Stephen Covey

It also takes deliberate practice to create balance in our lives. If we regularly schedule date night with our significant other it won’t be months or even years before we realize how far apart we have grown. If “girl’s night out” is put on the calendar every month we won’t feel deprived of the social connection and play time that we all so desperately need! If we remember the importance of taking care of our health in the form of The Four Seeds of Self-Care then we KNOW we need to take the time to look at our week and schedule exercise, meal-plan and create a meditation practice and bedtime ritual.