Do you consider your life and what it takes to be balanced and healthy? As a mindset coach, I’ve seen that the ordinary individual gets caught up in life and the numerous duties that come with it without considering if there is an imbalance in one area or another. Typically, it is not until a crisis, such as a health issue or other triggering event, that someone will pause and reflect on their life.
Traditional definitions of balance include work-life balance, balancing family, friends, interests, and whatever else is essential in a person’s career. However, I’ve discovered that maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires something much more vital, and it all begins with attitude upkeep. When the mind is in balance, there is a neutral state of mind with no extra negative or good sensations. However, ideas pass through the mind every second of the day; therefore, the mind may be in either a negative or positive condition at any moment.
When the mind is in a negative condition for a lengthy period, it becomes unbalanced. If a person continues to worry, live in dread, or dwell on doubts, this negativity will build an unhealthy mentality. Positive emotions, such as happiness, may be used to assist restore a more balanced condition. It is not feasible for someone to remain completely optimistic all of the time since this would be living in denial of fundamental human feelings. But you can’t live long if you’re always surrounded by negativity. To achieve total balance, you must experience more happy emotions than negative emotions, which are accomplished via your point of attention and intentional decisions.
Creating Your Primary Focus
Your point of attention is important for your entire health and well-being. When you consider the idea of having both negative and good thoughts to select from, you realize it is possible to form helpful habits. How is this even possible? When you think about something for a long enough period, it becomes a trained habit. The challenge for you is to become conscious of what you are thinking and decide not to allow circumstances to dominate what you are thinking, but rather to be in control and concentrate on things that make you feel good or uplifted when required.
What’s fascinating about forming a habit of thinking is that it becomes a belief after being confirmed for a long enough period or pondered about regularly. This is why changing the attitude of someone who has had a bad pattern of thoughts about oneself for a long time may be difficult and why their life is likely imbalanced since this negative perspective has become a belief. It will take more than a handful of good ideas to produce changes; instead, persistent (and reinforced) patterns of new beliefs will be developed based on newfound positive ways of thinking. This aim is achieved by making one good decision at a time.
5 Positive Decisions Required to Maintain a Healthy Life Balance
If you make intentional, positive decisions that promote your well-being, you can maintain a good life balance. This indicates that you are getting proactively engaged in what you are thinking about your state of mind, rather than being reactive or waiting for a triggering event to occur before making adjustments. You don’t want to find you have health problems and then realize you could or should have paid attention to how or what you were thinking. Or maybe your profession has grown so demanding that you have neglected other crucial elements of your life, and you have reached a breaking point. Other potentially triggering events are personal to you, affecting your family and individuals close to you. With any or all of these five options, you may begin to build a good point of concentration.
Option #1: Pay attention to your mental patterns.
Letting a day pass is easy without thinking about how or what you’re thinking. Then, as time passes, you find yourself in a mental rut, ruled by one (or a few) dominating negative thought patterns. The longer you allow certain thinking patterns to continue, the more likely they will become part of your belief system, making change much more difficult. You may not comprehend or even know how to recognize the dominating ideas; if so, just check in with yourself at the end of the day to identify what you thought about the most. Was it good or negative in nature? This may help you self-correct when required or, at the very least, start to adjust your self-talk.
Choice #2: Pay attention to the language you choose to describe yourself.
The words you use may also reveal your mental and emotional condition and set the tone for your life balance. Consider a person always complaining about themselves, particularly their looks or incapacity to perform a job. While it may be spoken in fun or as an off-handed joke, the more it is said, the more it reveals how the individual genuinely thinks about themselves. Even when employed self-deprecating, this language may be detrimental to a person’s general mental well-being. A better mentality and way of life is to recognize areas for change and seek direction, support, and improvement recommendations. In other words, a positive attitude seeks knowledge and self-improvement rather than self-deprecation.
Choice #3: Select a job that gives you a feeling of significance and satisfaction.
This is a lesson I’ve learned through time, and I want to share it with anybody who wants to learn it today. I recognize that many people work to “pay the bills” and “make ends meet,” but there may be satisfied in every profession, regardless of why you work. It’s all about your attitude toward the job and the mentality you adopt while striving to perform the duty you’ve been allocated. I don’t think somebody does a job and is better or worse than anyone else.
Every individual can flourish and realize their full potential in whichever career they choose. The individual and their state of mind are what distinguishes a job. Based on their contact with me, my pupils know this to be true. It makes no difference whether my management ever recognizes my efforts. What important is that my encounters with kids provide me with significance. I get satisfaction when I see developmental growth and learning. This is how I want you to develop your thinking from a positive standpoint.
Choice #4: Prioritize what is important in your life.
While conventional thinking about work-life balance prescribes certain terms for how much time should be spent on your profession and family, I feel this is a personal choice. You should always be able to prioritize what is important to you. There will always be situations in which you must assess your alternatives and make decisions depending on your requirements, which is acceptable. Make sure you know your priorities well enough to make an educated selection. Your demands may cross with the needs of your spouse or significant other, as well as your family, and if so, your actions may impact their healthy life balance. This is why prioritizing becomes a vital step to take from a balanced mentality standpoint.
Choice #5: Decide that your health and well-being are important enough to warrant your attention.
When I talk about a healthy life balance, I emphasize how vital the healthy part is to your overall well-being. Again, I feel that how one’s health is maintained is a personal choice. I don’t believe in prescribing what should or shouldn’t be done in terms of diet and exercise since this is beyond the realm of my specialization; nevertheless, what I can tell you is that thinking about being healthy in certain ways may be a deliberate decision you make.
I can tell you that the little decisions you make today will add up in the long run. For example, I adjusted my eating habits and dropped about 90 pounds in about a year and a half. It wasn’t due to lack of exercise or other health difficulties but to poor dietary choices. It is up to you to maintain a healthy balance; just make it a deliberate decision, and you may prevent anything more severe later in life, particularly if you have made frequent medical appointments part of your life balancing plan. Keep it in mind and be proactive, whatever you decide.
Your Attitude, Your Outcomes
Your decisions have a direct influence on your healthy life balance. Making decisions that promote a healthy life balance increases your chances of feeling good about yourself, which should always be your objective. There are always two options for the ideas you may concentrate on at any given time: good or negative. You may maintain a healthy or good frame of mind if you are proactive in what you choose to think about and how you respond to events. If you do this over a long enough period, you will develop a healthy mental habit.
While no day will ever start or go as planned, or you may face obstacles you have never faced, there is one step you can always take: Change your perspective. This isn’t about making broad affirmations; rather, it’s about shifting your perspective away from negativity and toward something more positive. You always have the opportunity to select and think of a more positive idea and direct your focus to something that is affirming in nature to your well-being. While you may not be considering a balanced life right now, the more proactive you become in maintaining your mindset, the less likely you will be forced to react later when triggering events occur. A strong attitude may lead to a good life balance if the appropriate decisions are made.