Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing.
Balance is so important. It’s like a chair. A chair will lose balance with only 3 legs.
As a counselor, I strive to help people regain balance in their lives because I believe that we all have a unique personal balance that helps us thrive in life. However, sometimes it gets thrown off. It happens to all of us…it used to happen to me a WHOLE lot. I’ve learned that the key to keeping our balance is knowing when we have lost it.
This Is What Balance Looks Like For Me…
Here are my chair legs:
- Physical– Food (Always eating when I’m hungry/Always carrying snacks with me/Always being aware of my hunger cues) Sleep (Resting when I need to/Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night/Waking up at the same time each morning) Activity (I love to run/play basketball/Be outside)
- Mental/intellectual- Research (I do a whole lot of counseling related research to help clients/be a better counselor) Blogging (I’ve never really had a set schedule on when I type posts. I just blog for the fun of it.)
- Emotional/social– Meditation (check out this blog post: The Importance Of Meditation and Mindfulness) Self-Care (check out this blog post: The First Thing To Go…) Singing/Songwriting/Playing Guitar (check out this blog post: Strawberry Wine) Hanging out with friends (I have a few close friends that I spend time with/are a great support to me) Playing/spending time with my cat (If you are friends with me on facebook you probably feel like you know my cat pretty well. haha)
- Spiritual/purpose-oriented– Prayer Wall (When I get home in the evenings I spend time praying/thanking God/asking for direction. I write each of these things on sticky notes and put them up on my wall) Being a counselor/seeing clients ( Every day I strive to help my clients to the best of my ability)
As soon as one of these areas gets weak or compromised, I’m at risk of falling right out of the chair.
What are the things that keep you balanced?
Do you have 4 legs holding you up?
Be Fervently Driven-Amie Hope