Here’s an old saying that I like: “The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.”
I read this to my yoga classes a lot, since we all (myself included) need reminders to stop and evaluate how we’re getting along... physically, mentally and spiritually. I've learned that noticing when I’m out of balance is key, and with my high-energy personality, it can happen to me easily. Read on for a little perspective on how to know when you're out of balance and how to regain it.
I can look back at certain times in my life and realize how “off” I felt and it all makes sense in retrospect. I was out of balance. If only one of those three areas is “off”-- your physical self, your mental self, or your spiritual self-- you’ll feel it big time even if you’re not cognizant of it.
Fall is one of the easiest times to let this happen. Nature is changing, seasons are shifting, the days are getting shorter, the holidays are approaching...it’s a time of transition for everyone. (For more insight on this, see my post from a couple weeks ago, Lessons From the Fall Equinox.)
So how do you know if you’re out of balance? Stress, feeling out of sorts, feeling scattered, fatigue, anxiety, restlessness, irritability... I could go on and on, but to steal a line from the author Jen Sincero, I’ll stop now because I’d like to leave the house today.
Here are some ways to combat the busyness of this time of year and bring back your balance. Pick a couple and try them out.
• Take a walk or a hike, enjoy the outdoors. Look at nature.
• Hang out with your dog.
• Get enough sleep. I can't stress this enough.
• Guard your time and energy. Don’t overcommit. Realize that your energy (like your time) is a limited resource. How could you best spend it? Even Warren Buffett agrees, saying:
"The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything."
• Stop multitasking. Enjoy one thing at a time and be mindful about it.
• Listen to upbeat music.
• Do something nice for someone else.
• Breathe deeply.
• Make time for: friends, family or a hobby that you enjoy.
• Laugh. Watch or listen to things that bring you up, not down.
• Plan an adventure. It doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive, just something to look forward to.
• Judge less, love more. Stop comparing yourself to others. Focus on your own life.
• Don't take yourself so seriously. Be lighthearted.
• And I saved the best for last: Practice gratitude. Stop complaining, and find more things to be thankful for. Search for them all day long.
Make the effort to take care of yourself, for your sake and your loved ones.
“You always have to remember to take care of yourself first and foremost, because when you stop taking care of yourself you get out of balance and you really forget how to take care of others.”
“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
Love & Light.
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