Life Balance. Is it Achievable?
Posted on February 02, 2012 by Simone Rivas, One of Thousands of Life Coaches on Noomii.
Life Balance is about having the adequate level of satisfaction that we want in the areas of our lives, and how can we achieve it?
In today’s modern life it gets very hard for many of us to reach the so wanted “Life Balance”.
What does it even mean? It means that all areas of our lives have the adequate level of satisfaction that we want. The life areas include: Business/Career, Health, Finances, Family, Romance, Friends, Personal Growth and Spirituality, Environment, Fun and Recreation.
When our lives are out of balance we feel stressed. Stress comes in the forms of feeling overwhelmed, overtired, overworked, headaches, body aches, dissatisfaction, unhappiness, low self-esteem, disorientation, feeling of lack of control, of emptiness, of misfortune, etc, etc, etc.
Life is complex and sometimes we lose track of acknowledging that we may feel stressed because there maybe areas of our lives where there is a lack. For example, we may be working in our jobs/careers too many hours and it maybe a lack in the areas of self-care/health, and relationships: family, romance, and friends. Another example maybe busy moms and dads that have jobs, kids, and family obligations it may be preventing them to have a balance in the areas of personal growth, health and fun and recreation.
In any life’s circumstances it is important to first, write down our life map and second, to have goals. Once we write down the areas of our lives and evaluate where we are, or the level of satisfaction we have in each area, and where we want to go, we can develop goals and an action plan. These can be short or long term goals, and the fact that we plan for it already helps with our feeling of lack of control, which is many times the source of stress.
Life balance is a feeling of satisfaction but also is about the basic human needs. Some may be fine with working long hours and be available for their family when they get around to it, or the same can apply to not giving priority to their health by postponing check ups and exercising. The big picture I really want to convey is that the word “balance” is truly important because it will contribute to a healthy and happy life, and if our priorities are concentrated in only a few areas the results will be seen later on in the person’s life.
Life balance. Is it achievable? It depends on the priorities and choices we make in life and it is up to us to plan for it to happen!
Simone Rivas, MPH, CHES, CWC, CLC