Hello everyone! Long time, no blog post. Over the last several months, I lacked some basic life balance which is why I haven’t posted in so long (and why I am writing this post). Today is #BellLetsTalk day in Canada. It’s a day I really love and appreciate every year since it has started. It’s an admirable initiative by one of the largest & influential companies in the country. I figured today would be a great day to try to start consistently writing again. New Year’s Day (4 weeks late).
“Balance is a feeling derived from being whole and complete; it’s a sense of harmony. It is essential to maintaining quality in life and work. Your life is made up of many vital areas including your health, family, financial, intellectual, social, work, spiritual, recreation, personal growth, romance and more.”
This quote is something I really want to expand on, express the importance of and connect with today being #BellLetsTalk day.
A balanced life’s benefits for our mental health and overall life satisfaction might seem obvious and like it is common sense. Having a balanced life and to say you have one (from my personal experience) is easier said than done.
I firmly believe that having a balanced life can greatly contribute to better mental health for all of us! Let me explain…
Feeling satisfied, successful and happy with various aspects of our lives (some aspects usually important to everyone and some specifically important to us) will help us feel satisfied, successful and happy with life in general. Though I know mental health is more than good organizational balance in our lives, I do think that good life balance can contribute positively to mental health. Here are some of my tips on how we can maintain more balance in our lives.
1. What is important in my life?
Write a list of what is important to you. Do it. What areas of your life do you want satisfaction, success and happiness in? For several people, many of these areas are similar. A lot of us, though, have different things we value or find more important. Actually physically writing or typing out different aspects of your life that you value having satisfaction in, might make you more aware than you might realize. They might make you more aware of areas in your life you want more satisfaction in, but don’t quite have right now
2. Prioritize your “Important Things”
Before I wrote down my important things list, I knew I had a general idea of different areas I desire to feel satisfaction in. The order of “important things” on my list helped me to understand what my mind naturally prioritized. Prioritizing and understanding what is the most important to us can help us understand how much time we need to put into a particular area in order to feel this satisfaction that we all desire.
3. Weekly Planning/ Being Able to Say No (Realizing Our Human Limits)
What I can do (weekly) to feel satisfied in my various “important things?” To set reasonable weekly goals in each category that you know would contribute to your satisfaction in each category can be extraordinarily simple yet extremely helpful for our life balance. The second part of this is to realize our limits as human beings (which sometimes I have trouble doing). As human beings, we constantly want to be better, be there for everyone, do more things and we are always so busy trying to do everything. If we really can’t put our 100% into something, why are we over committing to so many things? It’s so important to set reasonable weekly goals that contribute to this balance and for some people having a consistent routine helps. Challenge yourself to sometimes even say no to others, ourselves, events and even opportunities in order to accomplish these goals. When we feel balance and satisfaction in our varying important things, eventually we will be able to take on more.
4. Acknowledge your small successes.
Create weekly plans. Accomplish weekly goals. Accomplishing some of your weekly goals (in each of your important things categories) while realizing your human limits, is a great feeling. At the end of the week, looking at your list, realizing you did a few things that would contribute to your satisfaction in different areas of your life again seems so simple but is so rewarding. Often when someone says something, once they point it out, it’s extremely obvious but sometimes we still need to hear it. As people we want personal growth, balance, satisfaction, fulfillment and happiness. Asking yourself, what did I do this week to make me feel better in these different areas that are important to me? Having an answer and acknowledging these small accomplishments and successes is something we as a society are often too rushed to do.
To conclude, #BellLetsTalk is an initiative all about mental health. Our physical and mental health is a lot about self care. Life balance contributes to good self care and more satisfaction. Investing time into taking care of ourselves physically and mentally is something often put to the side because we are too busy catering to everything else life throws at us. Take more time to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Acknowledge when you need help or more care in either of these areas. There are so many resources available and so many people who love you. There are so many people who want you to be successful, satisfied and happy with who you are and what you do. Reach out, if you need it! So much love to everyone today and thanks for reading if you made it all the way through!