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Balance: Truth or Myth?

self-care Mar 11, 2020

Is balance a truth or a myth? It's a controversial topic these days, especially in wellness circles.

Some are convinced it's a myth, an impossible objective that isn't realistic. But others see it a bit differently. I'm in that camp.

At some point or another, we've all felt the frustration that comes with trying to manage all the separate pieces of our lives. We've felt the disappointment that comes when two competing priorities force us to choose between them, knowing that in order to fulfill one commitment, another must be left unfulfilled. 

It can feel overwhelming.

But what you may not realize is that living in a constant state of overfunctioning for long periods of time can really take a toll on your health.

I know there will be some people who disagree with me on this, but balance is an undeniable, universal truth.

Let me explain.

Homeostasis

Whether we realize it or not, our bodies are constantly striving for balance. When we don't drink enough fluid, our body's safety mechanisms trigger us to feel thirsty. When we don't get enough sleep, our bodies signal for us to rest. From normalizing blood pressure to maintaining sufficient oxygen levels to maintaining acid-base balance, our bodies are continuously working to achieve homeostasis, which is the "process by which biological systems tend to maintain stability while adjusting to conditions that are optimal for survival."

It's our biological survival system.

But when our bodies fall too far out of balance, because we keep resisting its efforts, our health begins to decline.

The Problem with Balance

The problem with balance, and the reason I believe so many people believe it's a myth, is that we can never attain perfect balance. (Don't believe me? Go try to measure the surface area of a tree. Before you're done with the calculation, it will have already changed.)

All living beings are in a constant state of flow.  

I think the disconnect is rooted in the belief that balance is a fixed state, something that we achieve. 

But that's not how balance works.

Balance isn't an endpoint, but instead a process.

And when we view balance as an endpoint, the expectation of perfection always falls short.

For that reason, it's easy to see why perfection is the myth, not the concept of balance.

Even if we never achieve a perfect state of balance, we feel better the closer we get to it.

When we're closer to center, we're happier, more creative, and better able to deal with the chaos life sometimes brings our way.

Perfect balance isn't the objective at all. Feeling balanced simply requires us to invest our energy in all the different areas of our life that move us closer to center. That's what makes us feel grounded and stable.

And when we feel balanced, life gets easier, problems appear simpler, we're less likely to allow fear to guide our decisions, and we have more energy left to do more of the things we love.

Balance and the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care

The same principle of balance applies to the LivingUpp™ self-care framework. By investing your energy into each dimension sufficiently, you'll naturally feel more balanced.

And that's where your power lies.

Balanced people -- those who seem to manage life's complexities with ease -- have more resources leftover to enjoy their lives.

I think that's why so many people get hung up on the idea that life must be in complete harmony to be balanced. They get stuck in the belief that the end goal is perfection rather than simply a movement toward it.

And since perfection is the real myth, they conclude that balance must be as well.

Balance is an undeniable truth that is better experienced first-hand than described in words.

It's a "you know it when you feel it" kind of thing. And because it's subjective -- what makes one person feel balanced may not be true for another -- it can be difficult for us to wrap our brains around.

Lifestyle design is a tool you can use to experience more balance. In the Lifestyle Design Studio, you'll find a wide variety of self-care tools to help you stay focused on moving toward balance. 

Balance is movement.

It's the constant movement toward balance that's the sweet spot.

That's when we feel our best. Because it's our pursuit of balance that makes us feel alive. 

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