Finding balance is a process. For some people, this process lasts longer than for the others, or at least that’s how they feel about it. But the real question is whether the total and everlasting balance is even achievable for the imperfect human beings? And, be assured that nobody is perfect – not even the toughest among us.
1) Love your imperfections
We were all born beautiful – imperfect, but still beautiful. There will be people in your life who will try to undercut the beauty of your uniqueness, and you’ll have to learn how to respond to their provocations. Staying who you are is the best way to silence malicious critics.
In some other cases, however, life will challenge you when you least expect it. You will feel betrayed and abandoned, as well as weak and disappointed. That’s one of those situations when you did everything well but there’s still an obstacle to achieving your desired goals. These are all tests of your character and mental toughness. Remember that, in spite of not being able to create perfection and take control over everything that happens in life, you are still in it to win it. You have to accept your imperfections before turning them into your loyal allies in life.
Loving your imperfections will significantly boost your self-esteem.
2) Always find time for your loved ones
Before you start stressing the importance of all unfortunate events that happened in the last 24 hours of your life, ask yourself whether there’s something better to do. Remember that a single random call, lovely unique gifts, or a short note attached to their pillow will put a smile on the face of your family members.
When you feel confused and stressed, heal yourself by spending time with your family, friends, and pets. Unlike negative people who undermine the strength of your spirit, family and friends are certainly in your life because they want to stay. No matter how busy you are, a 30-minute conversation with a person who truly cares for you will remind you that you are a respected and loved individual.
Did you know that playing with pets is therapeutic? Now that you do, take your dog for a walk and forget about the stressful situation that happened earlier that day.
Your loved ones will always remind you of the real values.
3) Detach from your personal problems
Have you seen the news recently? While this world is a wonderful place, a lot of sad and tragic things happen out there on a daily basis.
Whenever you feel defeated in life, remember that, unfortunately, there are people who have to handle a lot more than you do. Some of them have lost everything in a war, while others struggle to obtain the basic life needs such as food and water. Not to mention that millions of people live in constant fear due to questionable safety measures.
So, as much as your current situation makes you feel sad, angry, or frustrated, have in mind that you are still blessed with family, friends, and a place to sleep.
When we find ourselves in the middle of an emotional storm, it’s easy to forget how small our problems are in comparison to what millions of other people have to go through.
Try to detach from your personal struggles to discover a world of compassion and gratefulness.
4) Do yoga
Finally, in order to find balance, you’ll need to connect with your mind and soul.
There’s a reason why yoga practitioners change the atmosphere when they enter a room. These people constantly pursue inner peace which enables them to experience deeper emotions. As a result, they can easily recognize some of your anxieties. And, while they are not magicians, the time you spend with them turns out to be healing.
So, try to find a group of yoga students with whom you’ll be able to spend time doing yoga. When you start giving back to your inner self, you’ll find your true self again.
In many ways, life and balance are interdependent. While balancing can be hard, especially when we go through rocky times, life teaches us lessons about how to manage this process. We learn either through our own experience or through the influence of other people. However, the final phase of achieving balance mostly depends on our willingness to change the way we see both the highest and the lowest points of our lives.
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter