5 Steps to Establishing Life Balance (Part 2)
Realistic and healthy expectations lead to balance. Unrealistic expectations cause stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship problems, and much more. Below is the 2nd step in establishing life balance. Read about the 1st Step in 5 Steps to Establishing Life Balance (Part 1).
Step 2: Define Your “7” in Each Life Area
Establish a “good enough” baseline for each area of you life. “Good enough” means a “7” on a scale or 1 to 10 (1 is poor and 10 is great). Living a “10” in a life area is unsustainable because it requires so much energy that other areas are neglected. I’ve found “good enough” is better than “perfect”. for your mental health. What’s a “7” rather than a “10” in each area? Challenge, and possibly tame. your standards. Here’s what one of my clients decided was a “7” for each area of her life.
Consistent time with people who influence me positively. Time alone for reflection. Bi-weekly service activities. Prayer and and devotional time each morning.
Going on a date with with my husband weekly. 5 hours of nuclear family time each week. Talking to my parents and siblings weekly.
Health & Self-Care
30 minutes of exercise 3 days each week. Sleeping over 7 hours each night. Eating healthy over 80% of the time and not eating after 7:30pm.
Reading over 5 hours each week. Watching less than 5 hours of TV weekly. Less than 15 minutes of news daily.
Social & Fun
Engaging fun activities with friends and family consistently, Playing games at least twice each month, and time with friends at least twice monthly.
Efficiently managing my time, using time blocks and deadlines consistently, and delegating appropriately. Making progress on my career goals and most essential work tasks.
Spending according to our budget and consistently saving money. Communicating with my husband weekly about our finances. Spending some money on fund activities each month.
What does a “7” look like for you? Trust you intuition with this activity by quickly writing down what comes up. Trust your gut!
Health & Self-Care:
Social & Fun:
Clarifying your “7” is a major step towards life balance. Now you have a point of measurement in evaluating your life. My desire is to look at each area of my life wheel and be able to say, “It’s not perfect, but it’s going well”.
In step 3, I’ll challenge you to evaluate your life consistently in each area and make adjustments. I hope you’re getting motivated.
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Adam Gragg is a life coach and mental health therapist. He specializes in life transitions, career issues, marriage and family counseling, and helping people overcome anxiety and depression. He is skilled at helping workplace teams thrive. Click here to find out how he can help you and your team get to the next level.