I’ve realized lately how important the concept of finding balance is in our everyday lives. Having the right amount of balance improves our mood therefore improving our thoughts generating more positivity. It helps us think more clearly. It helps our bodies feel good. It helps with our self confidence. It helps us feel our best.
Life is full of mini balancing acts. Not just in one area either. It’s one thing to find balance during the everyday grind but that’s just one balancing act. The other acts include, when you are on vacation. When a big life event happens. When you change up the everyday grind, maybe by getting a different job. When you have children. There are so many ways that life changes on you and each and every time you have to find a new way to balance.
So what exactly do we have to balance?
We have to balance our diet and nutrition by finding foods we really enjoy but that also make us feel good. We have to balance the quantity of food by eating the right amounts to feel our best physically. We have to balance the amount of movement we do, not exercise to exhaustion but getting in the right amount to feel the benefits from it. We have to balance how we spend our time, getting good quality time in learning and enhancing our brains before letting our brains get completely consumed in a TV show or movie. These are just examples but there are so many other things in life we can balance.
These are the kinds of things I’ve been working at balancing during my work weeks but I will admit this vacation that I am on took me a few days to get into a good balance. I find now that I have all these great habits that sometimes when I do go on vacation it is hard for me to loosen up and enjoy eating more calorie dense food that I’m used to without the guilt trips.
Sometimes when I do have a little bit too much to drink I completely tip to the other side of the scale of things and lose my inhibitions and rationale. This leads to big feelings of regret and shame the next day for me especially when I get hungover and feel like shit. It took me a while to adjust to what and how much to eat so I’m still in “vacation mode” but not overdoing it where I feel like absolute crap.
When I’m on vacation I just want to enjoy every second and feel full feelings of gratitude so spending my days hungover is just not something I would like to experience anymore. Call it age, call it maturity, call it whatever you want but when you know you just know. Life is too short to waste the day.
Usually when changing up my routine it takes me a few days to figure it out. I’ve come to realize that this is okay and it’s normal for it to take some time. Especially at the age I am at in life balancing takes a lot more time because it becomes more important. When I was younger I just wanted to party hard and eat like shit and be as lazy as possible and it never bothered me because I valued that wild side so much and never felt the amazing feelings that I do now of just being me, feeling great, sober, and embracing the little blessings life brings.
I value the work I’ve put into my health, my body, and my mindset too much now to just let it all go. But at the same time every once in a while it feels good to loosen up my self discipline a bit and truly vacation.
I have found a great balance here on my trip. I mix my everyday values with a vacation style to treat myself everyday. I move and exercise every morning and have a healthy breakfast and lunch in order to feel great and deserving of chilling in the evening and having a few beverages. I’ll admit I had a night where I drank way too much but I quickly learned from it the next day and have found balance in this regard as well. I’m having a great time and staying true to myself and that’s what life is all about!
I hope you never feel ashamed of finding balance and know that it is something that you have to work at and sometimes it takes time, trial, and error to figure it out.
Heres to juggling life and enjoying it to the fullest!