Are you out of balance?
Most people don’t even stop to think about it, but when they do they realise “huh, I guess I am”. We’re too busy trying to numb ourselves and avoid actually acknowledging what we’re feeling, that we’re either running away from it with “busyness”, or we’re checking out altogether with exhaustion.
I know I’m out of balance when I’m just feeling off. Like I don’t if I’m coming or going, I don’t have solid feet on the ground, I feel a bit lost, a bit overwhelmed, or really feeling anything that’s not solid, flowing, motivated, calm and just plain happy.
The trick to staying in balance: check yourself before you wreck yourself.
I see balance as something that we need to continually self-correct every single day. It’s not this unattainable ideal that sounds good but makes everyone feel inadequate.
Balance is just feeling centered and calm. Enough work, enough play. Enough rest, enough doing. Enough drive, enough flow. It’s balancing these two polar energies of intense/hustle/stress/go-go-go with low/down/depressed/doing nothing.
Too much of either of those, and you’re out of balance. Just enough, and you’re in the zone.
We tend to continually swing between these two extremes.
For awhile, we are just go-go-go, must-fill-every-single-second-with-activity, have you seen my to do list? Must keep checking things off. It’s all good, as long as we keep moving.
And as soon as we stop for a second, it hits us like a ton of heavy bricks – the exhaustion. We were masking it with doing, but as soon as you slow down, it hits hard.
Both of these are out of balance – and you can’t heal in either of them, because they are both triggering the stress response that stops healing in it’s tracks.
In this video, I share my tips for getting back into balance quickly.