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We Asked Our Psych: How Do You Achieve Balance?
Brené Brown eloquently said, ‘Life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The piña and the colada.’ Similarly, there’s a saying that ‘everything in excess is poison.’ These quotes remind us that in life, extremes, although often tempting, can lead to unintended, harmful consequences.
This is especially evident when we think about physical substances like drugs and alcohol, but it also extends to behaviours and experiences in life, including those we typically consider beneficial. Take exercise, for example. Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining good health, but overdoing it can lead to injuries and burnout, ironically negating the health benefits you’re after.
The same goes for striving for excellence. It’s a noble pursuit, but when it becomes an obsession with perfection, it can lead to anxiety, chronic dissatisfaction, and even stifling your creativity.
This principle applies to financial habits, sleep patterns, and even our political views, and so on.
Moderation is key to a balanced and healthy life.
So, how do we achieve this elusive balance? Here are a few practical strategies:
- Prioritise and Plan: Work out what’s most important in your life and allocate your time accordingly. This might mean setting specific work hours or making sure you’ve got regular time set aside for your mates and family.
- Learn to Say No: Understanding and respecting your limits is crucial. Feel confident to knock back requests or opportunities that could throw off your balance.
- Self-Care: Regularly take part in activities that refresh you. Whether it’s reading, going for a bushwalk, catching a wave, or practicing mindfulness, do what rejuvenates you.
- Seek Support: If you’re finding it tough to maintain balance, don’t be shy to ask for advice or support from your friends, family, or professionals.
Achieving balance isn’t about being perfect. It’s about making thoughtful, sometimes small, adjustments as your life and priorities change. Learn to enjoy both the piña and the colada of life.