How do I find more balance in my life?

Drew Ramsey, MD
To find more balance in your life: Eat more nutrient-dense foods, be more mindful, and get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. In this video, psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD, explains why these basics are important to finding balance and wellness in life.
Karen R Koenig

Life is never perfectly in balance. Well, maybe for a nanosecond, but not much longer. Something always comes up to throw us off course, but that’s okay. Because life isn’t static, our job is to keep adjusting as it moves us along. When it moves us to the right, we need to compensate and come back a little to the left, and vice versa. The idea is not to stay rigidly in the middle or at either extreme for long. In fact, a healthy life is much like a pendulum. Give it a hard push and it makes a full, wide swing from one end of its arc to another. Give it a gentle shove and it passes back and forth over the center in smaller arcs.

Think of regulating yourself as if you were a pendulum. One day you’re a slug and never get out of bed, reading mystery after mystery, while the next day you’re out from dawn ’til dusk and feel pleasantly exhausted when you hit the sack. If you don’t like going to extremes, keep your arc shorter by balancing each day with uptime and downtime. Let yourself rest in the center, then give yourself a nudge in one direction, say, having dinner out with friends twice in a week, then moving in the other direction by staying in two nights in a row.

Balance doesn’t have to occur every day or even every week. Some periods are naturally busier than others. But you want to experience harmony with yourself and your environment from the inside out. You want to aim for a sense of satisfaction and equilibrium that comes from regulating your life between time spent with and doing for others and time set aside for being with and doing for yourself. You’ll have to remain self-focused and reflective to find the nuances of balance. You’ll have to encourage yourself to take risks and be compassionate with yourself when you under- and overdo. Ain’t it grand how learning one skill gives you a chance to work on all the others?

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Wellness is now a word used to describe living the best possible life you can regardless of whether you have a disease or disability. Your wellness is not only related to your physical health, but is a combination of things including spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness. Wellness is seen as a combination of mind, body and spirit. Different people may have different ideas about wellness. There is no single set standard for wellness and wellness is a difficult thing to quantify.

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