The word balanced lifestyle has and continues to be used a lot within the context of health and wellbeing. It’s an interesting topic and one that has brought with it a lot of debate, because what actually is a balanced lifestyle and are you living it?
We as humans tend to compartmentalise the various areas of our lives: career, money, relationships, family, nutrition, exercise, health, and hobbies. A lot of the time one of these areas will call for your attention more than the others; which if you are not careful can put a strain on the other areas.
- Imagine making tons of money in a job you love BUT you have very little time to eat well and stay healthy. Over time there will be a danger that your body will start to feel the effects of work work work with no play.
- Imagine being at the top of your game work-wise, but have a family at home that hardly sees you. Over time this pattern of working may put a serious strain on your family relationships.
This for me is where the term balanced lifestyle comes in. If one area or more areas of your life are getting more attention than the others, then it’s not uncommon for you to feel a little unbalanced, which over time will cause stress and fatigue.
Long term stress = not good for your health.
That’s why it’s so important to think of your life as a whole and to make the decision to put your energy into making every part of your life work for you so that you feel balanced.
So what can help create a more balanced lifestyle?
There is so much information out there about what a balanced lifestyle should look like, it can be both overwhelming and confusing to the reader. There are pressures to live your life a certain way, to have it all as it were. This way of thinking, however, will only lead to stress in the long run.
This is why for me creating a more balanced lifestyle means taking a really good look at all areas of your life and evaluating what is and isn’t working in each area. It’s your life remember, so what might work as a balanced lifestyle for someone else might not necessarily work for you and vice versa.
It’s also worth noting that when doing this exercise you may come across some resistance to change within yourself. This is perfectly normal, you are human and we all have something I like to call the “Critter Brain”. This is our internal compass designed to keep us safe, unfortunately, it can keep us stuck as well.
Sometimes the reason we stay stuck in unhealthy or unhappy areas of our lives is that it’s easier, and safer, well according to the “Critter Brain” that is!!! Sometimes the “Critter Brain” will of course be right, but only sometimes.
To help assess whether changes are needed it’s worth asking yourself this:
Will the planned changes make a positive difference to how I feel, my health, happiness and wellbeing?
If yes then it’s well worth making that change.
The key point to my message here is a balanced lifestyle is what works for you, your health and your wellbeing.
This is where I come in as a Health and Wellness Coach. I support my clients in finding what works for them so that they feel empowered to create changes that will also improve their health, happiness and wellbeing.
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