Balance is one of the toughest health concepts to grasp because it is different for everyone. What is too much of something, or what can you get away with? We all need to find our own balance for our individual lifestyle, for the health of our physical body and for our individual life mentalities. Honestly, if I could follow you around and be the angel and the devil on your shoulders to help you find your balance of life… that would be my dream job. That is just a tad bit unrealistic though. I really want to help guide you, so that YOU can find your perfect balance.
My least favorite phrase pertaining to health is, “everything is healthy in moderation.” That is ridiculous. Moderation should be the swear word for balance. Moderation is subjective. And some things for some people just need to be avoided, period. And for many others a little here and there of anything won’t harm them. The subjectivity is what makes balance one of the hardest things to achieve, it is both literal in our actions and in our diet & exercise and it is also psychological in our ability to work & rest and be at peace with that, thus why is it an encompassing LIFESTYLE concept. Where do you even begin!?
Imagine a line that runs to the left and the right of your center.
Where is center?
Centered is where you are when you’re in your groove. When you have a continuous period of time when you have consistency in your lifestyle. Those values are your averages for any given uninterrupted period of time. For example: your quality of sleep, levels of inflammation in your body, the quality of foods in your diet, your physical health, your mental health.
The most important part of this concept is that your center over time should be a slow and consistent increase of your quality of life. When you reflect back on your center values from a few YEARS ago, you should be able to say, “I am definitely healthier in areas of my life.”
Deviance from center is a reality.
Lets be honest here, the balance comes from the idea that we aren’t perfect. We have GREAT months, and BAD months when it comes to our health, even GREAT days and not so great days. I think we can all agree that sometimes it is healthier to not stress, loosen up and enjoy a few beers or ice cream. Also, sometimes the life circumstances are stresses that we little to no control of. We deviate from right and left of this center, meaning we have very healthy months, and maybe some not so healthy months.
To the left and right.
To the left of you is a quality of life that falls short of your center; anything that may throw off your health like poor sleep, vacation/party foods, alcohol, stress and poor mental health, etc. On the other end of the line is the opposite. To perfection, how healthy that life could possibly be!
When we occasionally fall a bit short and end up to the left, we have to climb our way back to center.
When we jump to the right and excel we help move our center to a healthier place.
Your health is limitless really, we can always be healthier. Like fitness there is always something to work on.
I want to encourage you to assess what your center (average) looks like, what really healthy looks like for you, or what not so healthy looks like for you.
Small increments on this line are what maintain CONSISTENCY! If you make a BIG jump in one direction when you fall off of that you will jump equally as BIG in a different direction. So make small ticks forward and small ticks backwards so
that you can keep improving.
Take out a piece of paper and jot down exactly where you’re at with your health, what is average (reality) for you: that is your center.
Then right down what a “LEFT line” day would looks like for you, and what a “RIGHT line” day would look like for you.
Everyday you will make choices to be along this line somewhere. You are mostly in control, and I encourage you to find what you’re striving for, and start with where you’re at.