What does it mean to live a well-balanced life?
Sure in the summer it may be easier to feel balanced. The sun is shining giving us ample Vitamin D intake; the kids are out of school, which means family vacations and lunches in the park. So how can families integrate lifestyle choices that bring them happiness and peace all year round?
Let’s take a look at a few important steps you can take today to have more balance in your life:
1. Where is your happiness quotient?
To know what makes you happy is one thing, however to get there you must be able to first gauge when you are off the mark. Is there an area of your life that you could feel more fulfilled at, or at peace with?
When a client comes to visit our Naturopathic Doctors, they fill out an intake form with many health related questions. One of the major components on the form is called the “Wheel of Wellness”.
If you feel you would like more balance in your life I recommend taking the time to do this exercise.
Draw a large circle on a piece of paper and divide it like a pie into eight sections. Label the sections as follows: physical environment, career, family and friends, money, health, significant other/romance, fun and recreation and personal growth.
Based on how satisfied you feel in each area of your life colour a percentage of each section. Less colour = less satisfied, more colour = more satisfied.
Notice what areas need the most work and what areas are you happy with.
2. What makes you happy?
Now that you know what areas in your life you are satisfied with and what areas need work, take some time to brainstorm what would make you happy in each area.
To feel balanced and satisfied one must know what they enjoy. Seems like a no-brainer, however when most people are asked what they love they fall short of an immediate answer.
Let’s say for example, you feel dissatisfied with your level of physical fitness ability. What types of activities do you enjoy doing that would promote more exercise; cycling, swimming, going to the gym, joining a social sports league?
Interestingly enough, many of the categories are closely related. You may decide you want to join a soccer team to get more exercise. In turn you may find you make friends and your social satisfaction increases as well. Here you would be touching on three of the categories above; friends, health and fun and recreation.
3. Take action
Once you have identified where you would like to be more balanced in your life and how you may approach each category it is time to take action.
This is often the place where people tend to chicken out. It often helps to have an accountability buddy or close friend or relative to share your goals with who will keep you on track. If you feel scared, or doubt yourself go to them for a pep talk or feel the fear and take the next step anyway. You will find that as you move forward your comfort level will expand.
Chunk down the steps towards each goal into small increments; sizes that are manageable and get out there!
4. Check in
Finally, after completing steps 1-3 re-assess yourself after a few months and see how far you have come. Feel free to do another “Wheel of Wellness” to benchmark your progress.
And don’t forget to celebrate your new found balance!!!
Have fun and let us know how it goes.
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Thank you and happy living from Docere Wellness Center in Calgary www.docerewellness.com