What is a Balanced Lifestyle
What is a balanced lifestyle?
It means that you are comfortable with the various elements in your life and don’t feel that your heart or mind are being pulled too hard in any one direction to the detriment of other things. With a balanced lifestyle more often than not, you feel calm, grounded, clear-headed, and motivated.
How do you find your balance?
There are five key elements in life that you need to have in balance, Time, People, Health, Wealth and Community.
Time – to do things you enjoy with people you like
People – to share time and experiences doing things that are satisfying
Health – to be fit enough to spend time doing all the things you enjoy
Wealth – to pay for the things that you need in order to do what you want
Community – to contribute towards improving society and the environment you live in
Now let us look at each of these in a little more detail.
Time – A resource of incalculable value. Limited, irreplaceable and ever diminishing. Wasting time is wasting life. Do not reach the end wishing you had done more, do more now! Now is the only time you have to do anything.
Wealth – It’s not just money but money is what people focus on. Money is over rated by those with little, under rated by those with lots. There is no shortage of money in the world. People who blame a lack of money for their challenges in life are deluded. There is no lack of money just a lack of belief and effort to get it.
People – Who you spend your time with combined with the quality of those relationships is very important. Shared memories of great times and/or achievements, moments of joy, laughter, pleasure, excitement are all what make life great. You must interact and be around people.
Health – Physical and mental health are paramount to both the quality and length of your life. Without good health everything is more challenging.
Community – we live a world with billions of other people. We share a planet and only by working together as communities of villages, towns, cities and countries can we all prosper. In order to do that we must all make a contribution. Everyone must contribute, that could mean paying taxes, helping others, entertaining people, creating work, growing things, caring for people or a myriad of other contributions. People who are capable but do not contribute are a selfish drain on the world.
Creating balance means that you are content with how much attention you are giving each element and that you have an overall sense of Wellbeing. This is not to say that each hour of each day you will successfully balance each element but over a reasonable period of time you do. For example you may be on a two week holiday with friends and the time and people elements are more in play, whilst during another period you may be saving for that holiday when the wealth element is a priority. As long as, generally, you are well enough and can afford to spend the time with people you enjoy being with doing things you like to do, you are in balance. If you find yourself tilting towards one element for prolonged periods (even if you convince yourself it is for the long term good) you are out of balance.
Be aware that there is a tendency for people to focus on external things, like work, relationships, activities, and pay very little attention to what is going on inside your heart and mind. When it comes to Wellbeing you must take care of yourself first. It is important that if you want to help others and provide them with maximum benefit you must be in a state of Wellbeing. It reminds me of the standard emergency procedure announcement on an aircraft, ‘make sure your own mask is in secured properly before helping others’.