Catch Your Balance
Equilibrium has been lurking in the back of my mind for some time. Could this be why I have been feeling off balance? This sentiment often materializes during transitions, increased anxiety, and lengthy to do lists. Is it a sign?
When speaking about equilibrium, I often visualize a balanced scale. This is, ideally, what life should look like. Yet, it is not supposed to be perfect. It is about finding our ideal balance, which may lean towards one end of the spectrum. Despite being visually out of balance, it is reality: the equilibrium that works.
Equilibrium is usually considered when evaluating the balance between personal and professional, family and social, drunk and sober, and healthy and junk. You get the picture. All of life is weighted on the scale, not just the tangible.
During tumultuous periods, during which we are not functioning to our capacity, an evaluation of checks and balances helps us hone into the causes and focus our intentions. Balance is crucial. In fact, when we are out of balance is when we feel the pull from one side: that creates the disruption. (Disruptions that are social, psychological, physical, health-related, career-relevant, you name it).
Acknowledging this is the not-so-easy first step. Even more laborious is identifying and acquiring our balance. This takes time, trial and error, and patience. It is a virtue. Although onerous and sometimes disheartening, this stabilization enables us to determine our baseline; our own support to which we can turn amidst challenges and disconnects.
Physical conditioning is a great example of necessary balance. Exercise is exceptional for our bodies and minds. However, we sometimes become too enthralled in the act itself and, therefore, develop a desensitization to the benefits. You have most likely heard trainers and professionals suggesting switching up workouts, right? This is because your body acclimates to repetitive workouts or using the same weights (not to mention that your mind gets bored as well). Your body plateaus and this repeated activity weighs down one end of the scale, tilting you off balance. That sounds similar to the bon mot definition of insanity, right? Other workouts should be added to recalibrate your scale, not to mention rest days. Your body is put through a lot, and it deserves the care to rest and metabolize what it has been through. What works for your trainer or friend may not work for you.
The same concept applies to food. When you do not eat enough vegetables, eat too many sugary fruits, or consume masses of French fries or fish and chips, you are, metaphorically, balancing on one toe. A good blend is ideal for the functioning of your body and your health; applicable to all areas of life.
If your only social activity is going out to dinner with your boyfriend or for a post-work aperitif with your coworkers, you grow bored and the scene become stale. It has nothing to do with your boyfriend or colleagues — or you, for that matter — but, just like your workouts, a jolt is needed to refresh. You do not want the luster of the occasion to squander.
To be continued in Find Your Equilibrium next Thursday...
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