"B.A.L.A.N.C.E.: Most of us say we want it, but the problem lies in being intentional about achieving it. Finding balance in your life could truly be the game-changer you've been needing. There are a number of reasons to focus on it; it's said that we're happier, more productive, and it supports better mental health when we are.
They say that happy people live longer, and I say, 'That sounds good to me!' If you combine that with the possible correlation between some of the happiest people also having more balance, well, that sounds like a winning combination. It's possible because they've been able to find their sweet spot in the areas of their lives that matter most and remove the things from their lives that don't serve them or make them happy.
I'll be honest; I have not been known to have much balance, especially when it comes to work-life balance. But I made a decision about two years ago to make it more of a priority in my daily life. As a result, I have found that I'm actually more productive when I make time during my day, week, month, and year to schedule my time as it relates to work, other commitments, personal time, fitness, meditation, and even rest. The noted difference I've seen has made me continue.
It can't be understated how important our mental health is. While there are a number of factors that can contribute to its decline, there are just as many positive factors that can support good mental health. I've heard that learning to find balance is at the top of the list, and from my experience, I've found it to be true. Learning how to give yourself more grace, rest, and self-care, instead of saying yes to every invite, project, or even food craving, can really be beneficial to improved mental health.
Balance can be very different for each person. The key is recognizing when you don't have that balance and making the necessary adjustment or decision to get it. There is no magic formula, but it can make all the difference in the world as it relates to your happiness, productivity, and mental health, so don't you think you are worth it? I do!"