Try getting one singular definition of balance, a simple google search comes up with all sorts of definitions; as a human mind, body, spirit and soul this article comes from a holistic perspective.
Balance is about self alignment. The equal measure of different components. If we think about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs we can start to look at what our needs are as humans, where we are in relation to ourselves and others, what levels we need to achieve to become self actualised. Simply put, without the jargon, it’s how we FEEL across all areas of our life - peace, clarity, a calm state of being and balancing our brain hemispheres.
We need balance of the head and heart to make balanced decisions about us, others and the world we live in. To have a balanced head and heart, we need balanced thoughts and emotions. When we understand how we operate and self regulate through self care and self love we raise our self awareness which is key to living life from inside out. Placing our approval within us and not external validation.
We can also perceive balance to be in certain areas of our lives. We can consider time, health, work, family, relationships - all of these aspects in harmony with each other create a feeling of balance.
Five tips to gain and retain balance;
Journal daily, be curious about your experiences and reactions (better to write them down so you can visually see patterns) sometimes, families do this together to find better ways to communicate.
Meditate first thing in the morning and last thing at night. You can use a guided meditation on youtube (see references below for some suggestions) and include your family if that works.
Feel gratitude throughout the day, thank yourself for all that you are.
Speak about routines and habits with those you live with or spend time with, find ways to compromise and communicate your needs, teach your loved ones/children to do the same.
Be kind to yourself, forgive yourself when you feel guilt about not having balance in all areas of your life using the HO'Oponopono hawain prayer (see references)
🎧 to the podcast Episode 8. The Balancing Act HERE