How to Live a Balanced Life

Life Coaching for Life Balance

I was listening to a podcast recently about work/life balance. The conclusion the ladies hosting the podcast came to after much discussion threw me a bit. They said:

“There is no such thing as a work-life balance.”

As a DC life coach, my #1 personal goal is to live a balanced life.

When thinking about finding life balance, my life coaching training prompts me to consider “being” vs. “doing.”

  • Some clients focus on external things like work, relationships and activities, or “doing.” They pay very little attention to what is going on inside their heart and mind.
  • Some spend so much time being reflecting or “being” that they can miss out on the experience of living.
Have you ever tried walking a slack line? This is a low type of tightrope, popular on ropes courses, strung up between two trees. There is usually a second line above, for holding on. Slack lines are pretty wobbly, and you need to use every muscle to stay in balance. Now, imagine losing your balance. You might have to let go of your desired destination and step off the line for a moment. You might fall, but you’ll probably land on your feet. You can dig in and hang on for dear life, but the only way you’ll make it across is to compensate whenever you start to lose your balance.
You might lose your balance often, even constantly. But after a little practice, you generally know exactly what you need to do to regain it.

When examining your life, consider the level of balance you have in the following areas:

  • Mind: Challenging yourself intellectually vs. giving your mind time to rest
  • Heart: Giving vs. receiving love
  • Health: Eating healthfully, drinking water, exercising vs. resting and indulging
  • Work: Pushing yourself to achieve vs. being content and/or celebrating where you are right now
  • Social: Satisfying social desires vs. taking time for yourself
  • Family: Creating family togetherness vs. setting healthy boundaries
  • Fun: Allocating time for things you enjoy vs. making sure you don’t overdo it

Perhaps living that elusive “perfectly balanced” life at all times, in all circumstances is impossible. But getting closer to balance in all of these areas is something we can all strive for. The simple practice of striving for balance can lead to living a more authentic, fulfilled life.

If you get stuck, enlist an ally to help you in this work. My clients overwhelmingly tell me that they’ve discovered fulfillment through life coaching, and a whole new approach to their lives. (Read my many happy client testimonials here.)

Contact me today for a complimentary, no-obligations life coaching consultation and we can work on lighting up your life, giving it more purpose and meaning. Or use the Appointment Scheduler and pick a time that works for you. I coach 90% of my clients over the phone, and my DC-based Life Coaching clients have the option of meeting with me in person. I look forward to hearing from you.