Finding Balance in your Daily Routine
There's so much to do but so little time! Sound familiar? If so, it might be time for you to find some balance in your daily life. But be mindful that "balance" will look different in each body.
The first step in finding balance is to identify which area of self-care you are lacking. There are five dimensions of self-care: physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, and social. By taking a serious and realistic look at your daily routine, you will see which area could use more attention.
Your physical needs route back to your basic needs. This not only includes staying active and eating whole foods, but it also means practicing basic hygiene. Physical self-care is really the foundation of your overall well-being. If you find yourself lacking in this area, a few recommendations include drinking more filtered water, visit a chiropractor or massage therapist, and attend your FITMBS classes regularly.
Your spiritual needs relate to centering ourselves and finding our purpose. If you feel full of doubt or meaningless, you may have an unbalanced spiritual life. If you are looking to restore balance in this area, a few recommendations include praying and creating space for peace, practicing silence, and reading scripture.
Your emotional needs are your feelings and outlook on life. So it is important to practice mindfulness so that your emotions are in-check to live our best lives. If you are looking to improve your emotional well-being, a few recommendations include journaling, practicing forgiveness, and balance your hormones (especially for women).
Your mental needs are our self-talk and all relates to our brains. It is our mental health that affects our mood, behaviors, and interactions with others. If you are looking to improve in this area, a few recommendations include learning stress management techniques, using positive self-talk, and practicing gratitude.
Your social needs are our humanly interactions. As human beings, we are geared to being in fellowship with one another. Isolation and loneliness impact other areas of your life and overall wellness. To be truly balanced in this area, one must not only be in community with others, but also build deep connections. If you are looking to connect and boost your social self-care, a few recommendations include volunteering, writing a handwritten letter, and having a meal with a friend.
There is much more to a "balanced life" than balancing your work life and personal life. To find peace and purpose in your life, focus on balancing each area of self-care. Simply taking the time to acknowledge where you lack or where you spend too much time is the first step in moving towards a more balanced day. Once you pinpoint ways to improve (which we all have space to grow!), find ways in your daily routine to feel balanced and fulfilled.
Resource acknowledgement: Michelle Thielen, YogaFaith.