Something that comes up a lot during recovery is how to find balance. Balance means different things to all of us. Furthermore, balance might mean something different depending on the task. For example, when sitting down to eat, who among us takes a look at their plate to determine if it is balanced enough? Balanced in variety of colors, balanced in variety of foods, balanced in variety of macro-nutrients, etc. There’s a lot of ways to balance one’s plate. Can you imagine how many ways there are to balance one’s life?
The answer is, there’s no good answer.
Balance means something different to each of us. So how do we find our own balanced pace?
Start with baby steps. What do you enjoy? What brings you pleasure? What makes you light up in this world? True balance means incorporating those pleasurable activities into your everyday life. Without these activities, life can teeter to one side.
This also means that we need to incorporate more functional activities into our daily life. Not everything we do is full of magic and unicorns, and some tasks just have to be done. Make a list of your functional activities and determine which ones are most important to you. Once completed, take some time to fit these functional jobs into your schedule along with the pleasurable activities.
Congratulations! You now have a more balanced day planned ahead of you. Smile, and know you’ve practiced self-compassion today. Keep up the great work and stay tuned for more blog posts this April!