I have been thinking about balance recently, and how I might incorporate more of it into my life and work. And it seems that I am not the only one thinking the same thing, because, after doing some research on the issue, I have found many articles referring to studies on this subject by psychologists and other mental health professionals, some even going so far as to declare that it no longer exists in the American way of life.
Balance, as defined on Dictionary.com under definition #3 is “mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.” and definition #18: “to bring to or hold in equilibrium; poise” appear to apply to the issue that I am grappling with.
The questions that I am faced with are: Is it possible to have balance in one’s everyday life without sacrificing work or personal life? If yes, how does one achieve this ‘balance’?
Psychologist Robert Brooks offers 5 ways to help build balance between work and personal into our lives. They are:
1. Build downtime into your schedule.
2. Drop activities that sap your time or energy.
3. Rethink your errands.
4. Get moving.
5. Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way.
While these are good suggestions for their intended purpose, it doesn’t answer my third question: How does one balance the different parts of work?
This is what I will be working to resolve for myself over the next few weeks. I expect, as with most other struggles, that the answer is going to be simple, once I correctly define the terms. Stay tuned.
Happy holidays to all.