Attaining Life Balance: Coach Help Me!
Looking for advice on finding life balance?
In today’s world, you may often hear people talking about life balance, or about where to find the balance. What does balance look like? Is it possible to find it? Or is balance a place that is created in our minds, but not really achievable?
This week especially, has really forced me to focus on balance. I can feel it starting to swing a bit too far to the other end of the pendulum. I’ve noticed this happening in my clients’ lives too.
Let’s attempt an experiential approach to balance.
Stand up – yes stand up! Now BALANCE on one foot, for as long as you can.
What happened? Were you standing strong and grounded? Were you wobbly; doing your best to adjust your balance? Did you almost tip over?
Here are two important ideas around balance so you can attain it:
- Balance is different for everyone. What looks unbalanced to you, can be completely in balance for someone else. If the balance exercise occurred in a room full of people trying to stand on one foot, each person would look unique. The same thing happens in life. What you need for balance in your life is unique to you.
- Life balance does not mean equal. In life, balance does not mean that everything is equally divided. Even while you stand on one foot, there are times when you need to make adjustments. Balance changes on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Some days will be wobbly and unsure, and some days will be strong and steady.
Finding your balance can be difficult, especially in today’s fast world of never-ending gadgets and instant gratification. Everything is moving so fast that it can be easy to get out of balance and sometimes not even notice.
The good new is: The only person who has control over your balance is YOU. No other person is capable of providing you balance!
The bad news is you need to recognize the signs when you are out of balance. You also need to recognize when you need help.
Common signs for feeling out of balance include:
- Racing Thoughts
- Short Temper
- Lack of Focus
Because life is so busy, it can be difficult to see the warning signs.
Recognizing them requires a daily self check-in; preferably during the morning before your day gets hectic. Take five or ten minutes and ask yourself “how am I doing”, “what do I need” and “what am I going to do about it”. Follow your inner voice and include the ‘nudge-nudge’ into your day.
If you can’t take the time for your daily check in, chances are pretty high that your life is already a little out of balance. If you find yourself feeling this way, maybe we should talk?