The thing about balance…


So this idea about balance?  With post number one on this site, I’m here to admit: finding balance is not always easy.

There are many types of balance.  The actual, physical kind of balance that helps us stand up straight, take a nice, brisk, fall walk, or run a PR in a half marathon.  There’s the physical kind of balance that helps us to invert upside down, engage our core, and rock an unassisted headstand without totally wiping out and ending up with a permanent bruise (not that I would know anything about that!).

There’s emotional balance, the kind that helps to keep our highs and lows in check, aiding us to getting in touch with what makes us feel good, what freaks us the heck out and causes anxiety, and points out how much of something we can handle before feeling like we are reaching our emotional tipping point.

Then there’s the balance we can have in the health and wellness realms.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating the kinds of foods that energize you, steering clear of too much of a good (or bad) thing, and finding the healthy middle ground of “just right.”

This balance thing, it’s tricky.  Some days, it takes actual, serious, put your mind and your thoughts and your conscious efforts into it hard work. But sometimes when you’re lucky, and you’re in a good place, stars align and things work in a such a way that balance just comes as second nature. Some days, you are able to get right up into that handstand, and actually stay there for several long, deep breaths, without smashing your body into a coffee table.  Lots of times, you get in a good groove, eating what feels good inside your body, and it in turn responds in a happy way, giving us the energy and stamina to make it through a long run or a killer kickboxing class.  And then, there are many times during our hectic work days where we are able to find small moments or frames of time where we can take a deep inhale, think about your full emotional plates, the big decisions and small ones too that we are dealing with, and we can find a way to feel (mostly) at peace with the here and now, gently reminding ourselves that things usually have a way of working out as they should at the end of the day.

I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t have the whole balance thing mastered by any means. I do, however, try to find a semblance of balance in each day.  Some days are wins and I hardly have to think about it; other days end up being not so much of pretty picture of balance, and I realize I feel a bit off inside.

My goal is to find small ways to nurture myself each day, to capture small doses of balance that help me to feel grounded, give me energy, make me feel healthy and positive, all that ultimately make the best version of myself shine on.

How do you win at finding balance in your everyday, and where do you struggle?

8 thoughts on “The thing about balance…

  1. Welcome back, little lady! So happy to see you writing again – I’ve missed it!

    I hear you on the balance struggle – it’s a struggle for me. Daily. Especially when I’m feeling out of control (hectic schedules, people not doing what I need them to, etc.). I find that in order to stay balanced and to stay feeling like I’m in control is to keep my diet and exercise in check. If I’m eating like crap and not getting my walks in, then I’m more likely to feel unbalanced in other areas and then it’s a giant Avalanchefrom there.

  2. Hi lady! I’ve missed you too! I wholeheartedly agree about diet and exercise. When that gets out of whack for me, for more than a day or two, I feel off in more than just that area of my life. Like you said, it kind of snowballs from there. It’s interesting how it kind of shows that how we take care of our body really does affect all areas of our life!

  3. Welcome back to blogging! 🙂

    Balance is definitely something I struggle with, mostly as it pertains to scheduling as I am not great saying yes to right amount of things… and then I get overwhelmed because I don’t have a good balance of social time, time with my boyfriend, and time alone. August-October felt so busy, especially October so even though I was doing really fun things, I felt overwhelmed and exhausted so I am really trying to find the right balance this month (I know December will not be a month to tackle balance!).

  4. Finding a good social balance is another one! A BIG one! Sometimes I overcommit to too many social things (even if they are fun!), and like you said, end up tired and worn out. It’s like everything else- moderation is key, but it sure does take conscious effort to say “no” sometimes if you know that in the long run, it’s for the best!

  5. If I could get my work/life balance a bit more, well, balanced, that would make me happy! By the end of most work days I’m drained from talking to clients, working on proposals, problem solving so that most of the time, my week nights are spent at home: working out, catching up on house stuff (cleaning, laundry and etc.) and hanging with the hubs. I’m not great at being social during the work week, so I save it for the weekend, cram it all in and then I’m wiped from a busy weekend. Surely there has to be a better way to do all of that!?

    Glad you’re back. You’ve always been one of my favs! <3

  6. I hear you lady– sometimes I’m the same way– though I sometimes cram too much in during the week, and then come the weekend, I’m spent and not up for too much! You’re right, there’s gotta be a better way. I think just the fact that we’re both keeping it in the forefront of our minds to work on that balance is key.
    And thanks for the welcome back! I’m so excited to be back, and you have always been one of MY favs!!

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