What do you think of when you hear the word balance? Tree pose? The walk along a precarious tightrope? Or the struggle to find time to rest and play between work and chores?
Life often feels out of balance, like we’re on a hamster wheel, looking for the next thing, the house when we’ve just bought a flat, the child when we’ve just got married, the next promotion at work. The constant strive for more.
Why can’t we be content with what we have? Is this new? Or have humans always been this way? I don’t know the answer but I imagine the world of advertising and social media, the constant bombardment of how we can ‘improve’ our lives has not helped. PPC Protect suggest that in 2021 we are exposed to 6,000-10,000 ads per day. This compares to 500-1600 ads per day in 70’s.*
So as we struggle to be the best version of ourselves, fit more in, produce more, live up to these unrealistic expectations its no wonder balance has gone out the window. As life begins to go back to the ‘new normal’ just remember the pleasure received from stillness, the quiet moments during lockdown. Make time to notice how you're feeling, listen to your body. I know on a personal level I often find work all consuming, especially when working from home, finding separation between work and home is hard. I have been going for a walk at the beginning and end of my working day to help create separation, just a 15 minute walk around the block to reset my mindset.
Life is all about balance, some of us have found it, but most are still figuring it out - and thats ok, it takes time, and as life changes so do our priorities. Just make sure that you stay at the top of your priority list.
“You’ve got to take care of yourself. And not just once in a while or only when you realize how desperately you need it, but every single day. Truely taking care of yourself means nourishing your mind, body and spirit in a way that works for you. It means finding a balance within your everyday life that allows you to do the things you love. Taking care of yourself means finding peace amidst the busy days. It means nourishing yourself from within to be able to take in the world out there.” Nikki Banas, Shine from Within
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