The Balanced Life

A balanced life is a state of being in which you plan for both responsibilities and pleasures.

Like pieces of a puzzle, the many different aspects of you come together to form the person that you are. You work and play, rest and work, reflect and problem solve, feel joy, and feel sorrow. Balance is the state achieved when all of the pieces of your life and self are in a harmony. A state of equilibrium calms you when nothing feels out of sync. While balance is necessary, only you can determine what balance means to you.

Achieving balance requires that you know what is important to you. The many demands of life can allow us to make choices that can have a negative effect on our habits, relationships, health, or career. In creating a balanced life, you must decide on how much time and energy you are willing to devote to the different areas of your life.

Imagine that your activities are like a home made up of many rooms. Draw this home, give each part of your life its own room. Determine the size of the room based on the amount of importance you assign to that part of your life. Areas you might include are family, solitude, spiritual growth, volunteering or reaching out, healthy eating, friends and social activities, media time, exercise and work.

You may discover that certain pieces of your life take up too much of your time, energy, or effort and leave you with few resources to nurture the other pieces of your life. You can now choose where to spend your time according to how you value each piece of your life.

A balanced life is when you feel in equilibrium because you have chosen how to use your time and energy to fulfill obligations and yet find time for the things in life that you value or bring you pleasure. This will allow you to live well and in a gratifying way. With its many nuances, balance can be a difficult concept to integrate into your life. Living a balanced existence, however, can help you attain a greater sense of happiness, health, and fulfillment, and will leave you with fewer regrets.

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