Balance is such a mainstream topic these days, yet some articles leave you more confused and limited than you were before.
You hear a lot of success coaches telling you that you need to make sacrifices now in order to live a better life in a few years, but isn't that exactly what the classic 9 to 5 job promises you "work now so that you can enjoy life when you retire"?!
I believe working on yourself and maintaining a sense of balance can be more enjoyable and I am here to present a new way of dealing with your daily life so that you manage to experience a better sense of balance in everything that you do.
1. Play More Games
I was first exposed to this weird principle, that can play a very important role in your levels of happiness and success, about two years ago in Robin Sharma's audio book "The Greatness Guide" where he talks about the importance of making time to play every now and then.
The benefits? Endless. From experiencing more joy, which is a very high emotion (vibrationally speaking), to connecting with friends and family which is great for mental health and it also helps to take yourself less seriously.
Think of a game that you haven't played in years and schedule a time in your calendar to play it in the next 14 days. You'll thank me later for that.
2. Make Time to Walk
Walking can be so beneficial for you, especially if you're not a very sporty person or you spend a lot of time working at a desk like myself. It's been researched that just walking regularly can help decrease feelings of depression by up to 25 percent in a matter of weeks.We are part of an environment, so it's very important to remember that in order to feel good and happy, we need to take advantage and connect with the environment, with the nature around us. I love trees, woods and parks, and in time, walking actually became a hobby as I also use the time to do other stuff like:
- listen to an audio book & course
- meditate - count my steps
- think about my dreams and goals
- dream building - be aware of everything around you and find new items that you can add to your dream board (see #31)
3. Stop Skipping That Vacation!
Even though work is a big part of a human being's life and I believe that it keeps us from not going completely nuts, we need time off to recharge our balance and creativity batteries. But more important, we need to learn how to make the most of that little time off that we get every year.
If you take the time to relax and recharge your batteries, you will feel more joyful and happy, which is exactly the kind of emotions that have the power to make all your dreams become a reality. Living in a higher vibration is much more important than all the work that you could possibly do in that one week of vacation.
You might not see this advice anywhere else, but take a small loan if you have to and just go on vacation this year, feel good about it and deal with everything else later. You might find that, by the time you come back, things will look much brighter in your life.
Sometimes, a short vacation may be all that you need.
4. Declutter Your Life Once in a While
A lot of people tend to get stuck to what they own because it makes them feel rich, which in fact, the underlying feeling is lack and that's exactly what they're putting into the Universe - "I don't have enough" - this is the exact reason why some people will never get rich or have enough.
On the other hand, when you consciously go through your stuff and donate (or just throw out) old stuff, you make space for new ones to come into your life, you tell the Universe "I have enough" and the Universe will provide more so that you will always experience the feeling of "having enough". At the same time, everything is energy and if you stick to your old things, you risk to do the same on a mental level: old habits, old beliefs, old patterns, etc., which will keep you unhappy and broke.
In order to experience more abundance and prosperity in your life, you have to learn how to circulate energy - be it money, clothes, gifts or just thoughts. If you've never done this before, start by just donating two clothing items that you did not wear in 12 months. Two items is enough to give you a glimpse of how it feels to get rid of stuff, but it's safe enough so you don't freak out that you're losing something.
5. Invest in a Coach
There's a myth that we need to always be strong, to have all the answers and to be able to deal with any situation. But we forget that we are human beings and that life is not always easy.
A coach can help you keep your balance because he/she is not in the problem and it is easier to help you out of difficult situations.
And I hear you saying "I've got friends for that" - totally correct, but those friends are not trained to know how to help you out and sometimes can make the situation even worse.
I believe each person needs a coach because it's just our ego that tells us we should never ask for help if we are strong people, but some life situations can be dealt with much easier with the help of someone that can guide you in the right direction.
It's true even with business, you don't have to do it all alone in order to call yourself successful. The most successful people out there knew how to leverage the knowledge, influence and power of those around them - that's what made them successful!
Yes, working on your dreams is important, but don't neglect other areas of your life too much, otherwise you risk losing your balance which can lead to lots of frustrations, sleepless nights and an overall feeling of tension.
What are your ways of living with a deeper sense of balance these days?
Mihai Herman is an online business coach and the founder of Male Extravaganza where he blogs about self-improvement and business from a more flexible perspective. To find out more about his work, download his free self-improvement kit and check out his coaching program.