Ways to Create Balance in Your Life
There’s no question that finding balance in life is a challenge for anybody. For people who have recently achieved sobriety, maintaining a balanced lifestyle may be even more difficult.
Everyday worries and concerns may disrupt the balance you think you have in your newly sober life. Achieving a healthy balance in life means maintaining a consistent, healthy lifestyle that nurtures your mind, body and spirit. Here are some ways to help you do that:
Live in the moment. While it can sometimes be hard to focus on the present, not doing so can cause you a lot of unnecessary worry and anxiety. You can’t change what happened in the past, and dwelling on past events can cause you to feel depressed or guilty. Worrying about an unknown future can cause anxiety, fear and stress. Do your best to live in the moment, and put all of your mental energies into making today the best it can be.
Keep a journal. Writing daily or weekly journal entries can help you focus on those things that make you feel calmest, and work through those that don’t. While putting your feelings and thoughts down on paper can help you figure out how to find balance in your life, many people say that just the act of writing helps them feel calmer. Journals also act as good reference tools that allow you to return to times in your life when you did or didn’t feel balance, and reevaluate your actions and decisions.
Eat right, exercise and sleep well. Being healthy can go a long way toward creating balance in your life. Proper nutrition, regular physical activity and getting around eight hours of sleep each night will give you energy and balance your body. Exercise even releases endorphins, giving you a natural high and relaxing you.
Find quiet time. With the demands of your family, kids, friends and work, and the constant barrage of information from the television and Internet, life can feel a bit overwhelming. But you don’t have to let it rob you of your serenity. Take time each day that is just for you. Find a quiet, calming space where you can read a book, write in your journal or meditate. Peaceful alone time can bring balance to your day.
Learn to say no. Often, finding balance means learning to say no. Don’t feel obligated to accept every invitation or take on every favor someone asks of you. Always doing things for other people will not give you time to balance your own life because you’ll be too busy balancing the lives of others. Remember that it’s OK to say no. People won’t think less of you.
Develop a support system. Nothing helps you create balance in life like a good support system. Make sure you have friends and family around you who are calming, and who want to help you succeed in your sobriety. Have people you can turn to when you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. If nothing else, they will provide good shoulders to lean on.
Get involved. It may be that what you need to find balance is to get involved with activities that excite, interest or inspire you. Volunteer with a nonprofit organization you feel passionately about, join a local sports team or take a cooking class. Having an activity that you enjoy and look forward to can motivate you to get through the more mundane parts of your day.
Balance your spirit. Getting in touch with your spirituality doesn’t necessarily mean getting involved with religion, though it can. Spirituality is a belief in a higher power that can give you strength to continue with your sobriety. Take some time to figure out what it is that you believe in. You can also balance your spirit through such calming activities as yoga and meditation, which force you to focus on your breathing and relaxation.
Expect the unexpected. Even if you do achieve a happy balance in life, it is sure to be disrupted by some unexpected event. Just be sure that event doesn’t throw your entire system off balance. Learn to accommodate unexpected events without ignoring yourself.