Living in Balance

Friday 5th November 2021

When we live in balance, we are living in harmony with ourselves which means, supporting our current needs. 

There are some days I get up, make a coffee, look at my to-do list and feel like I'd rather get back under the covers again. I would imagine there are quite a few people who have had that feeling!

Sometimes, we just don't feel 'in the mood.'

That feeling isn't a problem in itself but we have to do things we don't necessarily feel we want to do.  That is the reality we have to accept in order to achieve our goals. Sometimes we have to be disciplined, especially when we don't feel like it. 

Working with our nose to the grindstone is equally unhealthy and can sometimes reduce our productivity and creativity. What happens after working too hard is perhaps, burn out, fatigue, depression and lack of inspiration.

So how do we stay in balance?

Listen to your intuition: 

If you don't feel like doing something, then give yourself permission to do something else. 

Maybe you feel like working out instead? 

Perhaps you would like to listen to your favourite artist with a cup of hot chocolate? 

Taking some time out to do what you feel rather doing what you 'should' can be an act of self-care.

Set goals 'loosely':

If you are like me and have copius lists of things to do, the tendency is for me to procrastinate which means the list gets bigger and the stress can increase with it. The more rigid our goals, the more likely they will structure our daily routine rather then the other way around. 

If you set yourself a goal to be achieved within a week rather than at the end of the day, you are giving yourself time ans space to accomplish it instead of rushing to the finish line.

This leads me to the next point:

Take action daily:

Ask yourself what small step can you take each day towards your goal? The more regular, smaller steps you take towards goal accomplishment, the more likely you will achieve it. You will be able to take managable steps rather than 'biting off more than you can chew' which may be overwhelming and lead to demoralisation. 

Meditation and reiki:

(I know I am biased here!) but learning reiki is great for helping you to find and live in a way that is balanced. Reiki is brilliant for self-care and the more we practice, the better we feel. The more in touch with our needs we become, the more able we can honour our current experience. Discipline needs to be tempered with an awareness of the needs of our emotional and mental wellbeing. Reiki can really help to bring those needs to our attention.

© 2021 Christina McDonald