Before you can be balanced, you’ve got to figure out what you’ve got on your plate. For some of us, it may be straightforward. For others, not so much. We’ve got to make sure our minds and bodies are able to balance what our relationships and the world around us is demanding. Grab a pen and paper or start a new document and take a personal inventory by answering these questions below. Don’t think about it too much. Our first impressions are often spot-on.
Body. Is your body as strong as you need it to be? Have you been trying to drop a few pounds (or more) for the past several years but can’t seem to do it? Are you limited by physical pain? Are you limited by an injury? Are you aware of any chronic disease suffered by yourself or a family member such as high cholesterol or diabetes? If so, is your disease well-managed?
Mind. Are you able to think clearly, or are you overwhelmed by racing thoughts? Are you able to concentrate? How is your memory? Have you ever tried to meditate or do yoga? If yes, were you able to relax or were you flooded by outside demands and responsibilities?
Work and Relationships. Are you honoring the relationships that are most important to you? Does your partner, spouse, or children tell you that you don’t spend enough time with them? Are you worried that your pets are feeling neglected? Are you at odds with anyone & wish to mend fences? And what about work… Are you doing what you love or just working to get by? Are your work demands taking so much from you that you are neglecting your important relationships?
Environment. Are you living in a place that makes you happy? How is the quality of air you are breathing? Are you subjecting yourself to injury or disease by your living or working conditions? Do you make an effort to protect our natural resources through conservation, recycling, or some other effort? Do you buy locally grown fruits and vegetables? Are your eating habits in sync with your core beliefs?
Now you’ve got your inventory, and you are ready for the next step. Figuring out your personal formula for successful balance.