Balance is a state of equilibrium.
The medical books speak a lot about a balanced diet and a balanced lifestyle.
In order to maintain a balance, you must figure out what works best for you and how you are going to implement this in your life.
I have three major problems of which I had to find a solution.
I like to keep my mind busy even after a long day at work. I have a passion for competing globally in educational games on my tablet.
The problem is that I lose myself in the game and before I know it, its 3am. The only reason I end the game is because my battery needs charging.
Secondly, I used to spend more time serving others and not looking after myself.
Finally, my OCD. I have mentioned this problem in my blog ‘My OCD is killing me”
I practice good regular hygiene with my person and the space around me. I believe that cleanliness is next to godliness. The two words my mother used to say to me when we got home was ‘bath and then bed’ in that order. I am not afraid of the mud outside I just loathe other people’s muck.
Finding the balance between the three examples is easy if you really want to maintain a routine.
The solution to my late-night gaming was for me to designate a certain amount of time in which to play and switching off on time. In doing this I get my much-needed sleep and function better in the morning.
The solution to not looking after myself was to put myself first. No matter how selfish this may sound it is what I needed to do in order to help others.
The OCD hygiene rule was to avoid situations and people that I know will stress me out, this meant that I had to accept that I have no control over what is outside of my space. Not everyone is like me.
Depending on the type of work you do your working life can be the hardest to maintain the right balance especially if your job comes with a lot of stress. If you have a demanding job that requires your full attention, this may interfere with your diet and lifestyle choices.
Workers such as the Military Services, Police, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Professionals have long shifts, less breaks and they have to deal with people from all walks of life and sometimes not very pleasant people or situations.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, and General Practitioners are under a lot of stress as they are continuously seeing patients on a one-to-one basis throughout the day and with targets to meet and staff shortages, budget cuts, there is enough stress around.
There is also manual labour electricians, plumbers and gas engineers who have to complete a job within the specified hour. They may have more than enough clients throughout the whole day.
Pilots, Lorry drivers and Transport Services that travel long distances every day.
All these workers have to find time to eat, drink, exercise, wash, and sleep.
The reason I picked all of these workers is because it must be very hard for them to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Office workers may work overtime but can find a routine outside hours for exercise, a balanced diet, and enough sleep time.
I have worked in many jobs, over the years, and through bad habits had not maintained a balanced lifestyle. This leaves me mentally imbalanced.
The most important thing to me when thinking of balance is to keep a routine.
The objective for a balanced lifestyle is to be prepared for change.
Life does not always work according to the plan that you have put in place. There will be days when you find that you may feel so overwhelmed that you are thrown off your path. Be ready for those days.
There will be days when you feel tired, stressed, less motivated to stick to anytime of routine.
GO WITH IT!
But be careful not to let it take you over. Have your off day with the intention of going back to your normal routine.
I have those days when I am doing so well, I am focused and my routine is working for me, then something or someone comes along and messes up my routine and I lose all focus.
In everything there must be a balance.
The Scripture of Balance