To me, being ‘in balance’ doesn’t simply relate to your daily vegetable intake or how many times you go to the gym – there are a lot of factors at play and each person surely has their own concept of what makes them feel balanced. It can be a challenge to feel balanced in our busy day-to-day lives, but figuring out what makes YOU feel good, balanced, whole and happy is certainly something worth doing.
Important aspects of balance and happiness for ME include:
I am not good at going to the gym – I would prefer to stack firewood, play on the monkey bars with my kids or go for a long walk in the woods. I love this approach to ‘fitness’ – it suits my family life, plus it saves me time and money. I also enjoy setting physical challenges for myself, or as a family – hula hoop, balance beam, tree-climbing. Whatever makes you feel good, do it.
Thoughts & Inspiration
It’s easy to get caught up in the negative news stories of the day or to procrastinate on social media all day, so it’s nice to make some time (any time!) for self-reflection – whether through reading, meditation, dancing or listening to music, or just simply going outside to take in some nature. Whatever makes you feel good, do it.
Family, Community & Connection
Most people spend a significant part of their day staring at screens (both at work and ‘socially’), which can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. While I am a super-introvert, I do enjoy connecting with friends, family and meeting new people – in person. Our family of four is fortunate to be able to eat meals together every single day, at least twice a day and spend the majority of our weekends together. This may not last, so we are loving the family time while we have it. Another great way to feel connected is through volunteering – though I’ve only started recently, it’s been incredibly rewarding and fun to contribute to something of importance to me and my community. I have always enjoyed bringing people together – whether for a charity event, a reunion or a good ol’ backyard luge party. Whatever makes you feel good, do it.