What Is A Balanced Lifestyle?
Today you will learn exactly what a balanced lifestyle is, what it isn’t, and the benefits it can bring to your life.
Ok, so you may feel a little confused at the moment.
What is a balanced life? What does it mean? What does it involve? And most importantly what benefits can it bring to my life?
To start with, there are many definitions and interpretations of what a balanced life is.
Some people believe it is about having control of every element of your life, whilst others believe it to be a state of mind.
Where you feel happy, invigorated and content with what you have achieved in your life and what you want to achieve from this moment forward.
We describe a balanced life as a set of interconnected aspects of human life brought together to form everlasting happiness and excellence in one’s life.
It is a holistic process where an individual strives to improve the core components which make up their life.
The core components of a balanced life differ for everyone.
At the Balanced Life Academy, we use the following six components to assess how balanced someone’s life is.
- Physical Health (Body and Nutrition)
- Mental Health (Mindset)
- Relationships (Romantic, Familial, Friendships)
- Environment (Home, Support Network, Media, World Issues)
- Work Life (Career, Education and Business)
- Material Wealth (Money)
The Biggest Benefits of Living a Balanced Lifestyle
There are an exorbitant amount of benefits for living a balanced life, almost too many to count.
So instead we’re going to delve into the two biggest benefits of a balanced life and the impact it has.
1) You life will have purpose and how you get there doesn’t matter
One of the most common complaints we hear from people each day is how purposeless they feel their life is.
Without purpose and reason, they feel like they have no identity.
I’m working in a highly-pressured environment just to pay the bills. I’m not here because I want to, but because I have to. My self-esteem takes a hit with every criticism, so much to the point that if I didn’t have children to feed, I wouldn’t turn up. I don’t even know who I am anymore. And the worst part is, I have to do this for my entire working life. Why you ask? Because that’s just the way it is."
Once you’re in you can’t get out.
That’s how they feel.
And I resonate with each and every one of them, because it's how I felt a few years ago.
Striving towards balance in life, is a goal in itself.
When you’re set on improving any of the core six components, you’ll have to ask yourself “why?”
The Power of Why
Many people underestimate this.
No matter what your goal is, the more time you ask yourself why you’re doing this, the deeper you delve into your subconscious to find the real driving force behind this goal.
Is it for aesthetics?
Is it to gain accolades, acceptance and attention from others?
Or is it to be an example for people around you - that you can achieve anything you set your mind to?
Even if you don’t have your entire life planned out, giving yourself intentional goals which add value to your life, can be even more powerful than having an all encompassing purposeful life.
So, yes go ahead and visit every country in the world.
Redecorate your home from the ground up to give yourself more space to think.
Aim to work for an organisation that has similar values to those of your own.
By adding value to your life through intentional goal setting, you eliminate the need to have a purpose in your life as your needs, likes and wants change over the years.
2) Improving one area of your life will cause the others to follow
The most important benefit of a balanced life is the understanding that by improving one area of your life, the rest will follow.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. - Aristotle"
Take advantage of the compound effect.
Each core component of a balanced life when improved, can make a huge difference in your life. Think about your current health, relationships, home, work and money situation.
Do you feel content in each area? Are you living a life where one core element is not strangling the life out of another.
How much better would your relationships be if you was working for a company who truly valued and cared about you?
How much happier would you be day-to-day, if you had a support network of people who wished for nothing but to see you succeed?
By focusing on your career and working life, you can unintentionally improve the health of your relationships. No more night shifts may mean more time to spend at home with your husband and children.
An improvement in your career, doesn’t just benefit you anymore. It means a happier, healthier home for you and your family.
Understanding this is a great way to learn just how balanced your life is today and where you could improve.
Even better, use our balanced wheel of life tool to see a visual representation of how balanced your life is now.
By pinpointing the obstacles preventing you from achieving happiness in your day to day life, you can change how you approach those obstacles so that you can overcome them.
The best thing about striving to achieve a balanced life is that you don’t even need to succeed (conventionally speaking) in each area to get the benefits from it.
Having a couple of wins, here and there - whether that’s eating a more varied diet for 30 days or learning how to save an extra $50 a month, could bring about many positive changes to your life.
Myths about a Balanced Lifestyle
Because there is no uniform definition of what a balanced lifestyle is, a couple of myths have surfaced which has made the term lose its credibility and importance.
The biggest myth is the idea that a balanced lifestyle is about spending an equal amount of time, effort and money to maintain a healthy state in each component.
That’s a surefire way to live a rigid and inflexible life.
A truly balanced life is not about equality but contentedness.
Here are 3 diverse examples of people who live very different balanced lives.
Meet Janet, Successful Single Mother
Janet is a single mother to her 4-year old son Ricardo. She lives in a council-rented property and claims welfare in the form of child benefit and carer’s allowance to help with bills for her elderly mother.
She despises exercise but makes an effort to go swimming once a week as she enjoys it.
She barely gets by on only $1,500 a month despite her growing crafts business and her ability to budget well.
Relationships have been put on the back burner for a while after a messy divorce.
However her motto for life is:
What happens in your life is not what matters. How you respond is what truly matters.”
So all in all:
- Past experiences have cast her away from a healthy love life
- She’s partly relying on state support to get through the month
- Caring for her mother is putting a strain on the amount of time she can spend on herself and her business.
Is she living a balanced, content life?
- She has a purpose and passion which wakes her up in the morning
- Healthy mindset and has added value to her home to make it for comfortable for her family
- She can manage her money so well to clear debts and provide a healthy future for her son.
This example simply illustrates that a balanced life is not a life exempt from problems, adversity or room for improvement.
But rather a life that can provide you with the skills to manage and overcome these problems.
Balanced Wheel of Life Tool
We’ve built a tool which helps you identify how balanced your life is at any given time. This tool can be downloaded here if you’re a free registered member.
If you’re not a member, you can register here.
Read this article to learn how to use the balanced wheel of life tool to identify areas of improvement and make positive changes in your life.
Building a balanced life is not about adhering to the rules set forth by health professionals and experts simply so you can live a long life. It’s about living a life of meaning, happiness and excellence.