How to Balance Life in a Chaotic World? – Part 2
In last weeks blog I began the conversation of attempting to build balance in our lives while living in a chaotic world. While this idea might seem like chasing a unicorn, it can be achieved. It will require you to be intentional in every part of your life and grasping tightly to the word “no” in order to succeed. But you can live a more balanced life if you commit to the process.
8 Ways to Build Harmony in Your Life
The fifth way you can build balance is to play. Play is tends to be a misused aspect of a balanced life. We think of play as an activity we must win. This is competetion not play. Play is simply enjoying life in the moment. Whether it is an activity with friends, a hike by yourself, or enjoying a movie with a loved one. Make sure you are engaging in some activity which takes you out of your responsibilities and you laugh and relax, even if only for a moment.
Learning the art of play and executing it consistently in your life can bring about a dramatic change in your health, you mental state, and your ability to concentrate. No one is worth much when they are too tightly wound. Put practical and useful play times within your schedule to ensure you are loose enough to balance life appropriately.
6) Make time for relationships
A balanced life is never life within a silo. Relationships are key in having a different perspective which can show you when your life is out of balance. Healthy relationships are a must in any life. But as we all know, relationships will not happen without intentionality. You need to ensure you are making the time in your day or week to grow the relationships around you. Whether it is is family, friends, or co-workers. Be strategic about who you choose and then take the time for coffee, lunch, golf, dinner, or activities together to continue to develop the necessary relationships in your life.
Reflection is an activity which is largely overlooked in society. But you can reap tremendous benefits by incorporating this simple task into your routine. Reflection provides an avenue or reviewing our past, not for the purpose of judgment or beating yourself up, but to clarify the past in order to make the future better. The only bad mistake is one not reflected upon properly. By looking at our failures through a reflective lens we can discover how to manage our time, relationships, tasks, or commitments better. It is only through not reflecting where we miss tremendous opportunities for growth.
8) Take Risks
Living a balanced life does not mean rolling up into a ball like an armadillo so you can shut out the rest of the world. To achieve and somehow keep proper balance it is going to take risk. You are going to have to be willing to try new things, get out of your comfort zone, and be creative. This does mean you may fall or miss the mark at times, but remember you are reflecting so you are learning from those misses. In an a world which is constantly changing and doing so at a lighting pace, it is important you learn to adapt and take the necessary risks in your life.
Balance is difficult to achieve in this high-pace distracted world. But one thing is for sure, you will never even get close unless you try. This will not happen organically or through some magic fairy dust. You are going to have to make the effort to achieve balance. Otherwise you are letting others priorities dictate how you are going to live your life.
God Bless & Rage On!
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