When we take the time to break from one aspect of living to equally engage in others (Physical, Emotional, Career, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social), we then begin to tap into balanced living. Although living in balance is not always easy to achieve much less maintain, it can be very rewarding.
A perfect example and probably one of the most popular in which we lack motivation, is that of the physical aspect of balanced living. Statistics shows that regular exercise or physical activity helps the body to function better. However, only 30 percent of Americans get leisure-time physical activity.
One Hundred and sixty people were surveyed from different faiths (Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists). The results show that religious experiences such as prayer, meditation, yoga, etc. was significantly linked to better mental health and helped people to better cope with everyday stress.
When it comes to intellect, it is sad to say that for some of us, once we graduate from high school or college our pursuit of/for new knowledge deteriorates. Yes, we may be masters at what we do, but we are not learning anything new. Research clearly shows that education and learning produce favorable changes in the brain.
Socializing, considered a form of mental exercise, provides stimulation for the brain, keeps one sharp, have been associated with lower blood pressure and contributes to a longer life expectancy.
When achieving work life balance neglecting your mental well-being, relationships, and health can affect your productivity. Instead plan ahead, give yourself ample time to complete projects, set a work start and cut off time and define clear expectations with others.
Improving your emotional health can be a rewarding experience. People who are emotionally healthy tend to be in control of their emotions and their behavior. Able to handle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, and recover from setbacks.
Tap Into The Whole You!
The following are a few tips for tapping into the Whole You this new year;
Set Priorities. List all your tasks if not daily then on a weekly basis, organize them according to priorities. When prioritizing, be sure to consider each area (Physical, Emotional, Career, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Social) pertinent to living a balanced life.
Be Flexible. It is pertinent to take a break from routine. Be flexible and adjust your schedules and priorities accordingly.
Mind Your Mind. Subconscious beliefs are known to be self-limiting and self-sabotaging. Purposefully embrace the process of positive thinking, especially in the areas of behavioral/habit change, wellness and stress reduction.
“Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day SOME.” –Robert Fulghum
Living a balanced life is living a life of harmony where all things work together to complete the whole you. When your life is in balance, you will be healthier, more energetic, happier, motivated, and satisfied.
Happy Thanksgiving Day 2017 to you as you celebrate with family & friends. I encourage you to give thanks for “Everything” that you have encountered this year, thus far. Whether good or bad, small or large, significant or insignificant. That (everything) has helped to catapult you to the space/place = splace in which you occupy today. That splace is one of awareness and forced conscientiousness.
If it weren’t so, then you would not have realized the pain that it caused, the joy that you gained, the peace that it ushered or the growth that you’ve experienced…Think about it… selah
Now give thanks for the “Splace” and “Everything” in and of it….. Therefore in all things give Thanks…..
As we progress through this times journey and gift of life, there are many things to be learned, expressed and experienced upon the way. It is only when we cease to learn, express and experience, that we end up becoming stagnant. A stagnant force becomes separate from its source and in turn ceases to grow.
I found “The Four Agreements” by Don M. Ruiz to be quite the motivation to keep pressing toward our very best. The best that will lead of toward passion and on to the conquering of purpose. It is without a doubt that we each have a purpose and with that purpose comes a mighty plan that connects us to the greater good.
As you take some time to recite each agreement, meditate upon them and make them apart of your daily source for living. In each you will find a wealth of wisdom materialized as practical steps for daily living.
Occasionally when Ann transitioned through life she has encountered a bout with anxiety. Not knowing how to deal with it, left Ann defeated every time. Her period of transition would leave her feeling exasperated, depressed and sometimes suicidal. Until one day her encounter with a co-worker who had experienced the same symptoms helped to set her free. Free indeed it was for Ann, she felt as if the hands that tightened around her throat at the first sign of change, finally loosen. Anxiety was her body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that went off when she realized that certain occurrences were outside of her range of understanding and control. Ann felt like she was losing her grip on life and all that was familiar to her, so she fought change at work, at home, in relationships and sometimes even in and of her own necessary character flaws.
Charles Spurgeon said, “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength”. Imagine fighting against yourself…or within yourself, mindboggling to say the least. This is what Ann was experiencing. Not having enough information to dictate, control or to anticipate her outcome led to Ann’s anxiety.
Read more about Ann and 11 other women who “Mastered the Art of their Emotions” in order to transition successfully. Your shift in thought, mindset, and lifestyle awaits……. ~Janie
Today I’m reflecting on my personal & business relationships, and how we inadvertently impact each other in the capacities for which we (you & I) interact. I am constantly reminded that just by living my daily life, even the simplest conversation or thoughtless action may make a lasting impression on someone else. I have chosen to be conscious of this in everything I do. Therefore; I have chosen to begin this new calendar year sowing in thoughtful and caring expressions of energy towards you.
Happy New Year my Friend. May Love and Peace surround you in abundance.
The following is an excerpt from chapter 7 of my book “See Jane Run” Encouraging Mother Daughter Communication.