It’s very easy to get unbalanced in life and as a Libra, I take balance pretty seriously. If I don’t feel balanced, then all aspects of my life suffer. Once I start to feel the effects of being unbalanced, it can be pretty difficult to find that balance once again. Since Fall is officially here, I figured since we just transitioned out of Virgo and into Libra, now would be the perfect time to talk about how you can find your balance through simple activities.
It’s kind of funny because I don’t consider myself to be that into astrology or horoscopes. But, I do find it very interesting and when I’m needing answers, it can be uncanny how things just fall into place. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how I can increase my productivity and accomplish all of the goals that I set for myself. If you read my last post, you know that I recently started listening to podcasts and found quite a few that I’m really enjoying. Funnily enough, a few of the topics that just keep coming up are finding balance, eliminating negative influences, and how what you put out into the universe is what you’ll get back. So, I took this as a sign and really started thinking about how I can regain my balance.
1. Figure out what is causing you to feel unbalanced
The only way you’re going to be able to find balance in your life is to identify what’s causing the problems in the first place. Do you have negative energy in your life? Does your job make you want to pull your hair out? Are your relationship causing you more stress and frustration than is normal? Whatever it is, you need to figure it out so that you can fix it.
Once you figure out what it is that’s causing you to feel unbalanced, you need to think about whether or not it’s something that you could eliminate. While it might not be practical to quit your job with no backup plan, maybe it’s time to start applying elsewhere. If you find yourself having a lot of negative thoughts, make an effort to think more positively. I really do believe that what you put out there is what you get. So, if you focus on the good things, hopefully, you’ll get good things in return.
2. Find a creative outlet
This, to me, is so important. I consider myself to be a pretty creative person and feel so much better after I’ve done a creative activity. The best part about doing something creative is that you get to completely immerse yourself in the activity. It can be anything that you want including music, writing, painting, etc. It’s similar to reading in the fact that it can take you into a whole new reality. Even if you’re not usually a creative type, you should still try it out. I’m sure that there is something out there that you’ll love!
3. Eliminate or reduce the amount of time you spend on social media
I wanted to add this one in because I think that social media has such a negative impact on our overall wellbeing. Here lately especially because of all of the stuff happening in the world today, there is so much division among everyone which results in so many people getting downright nasty with each other. If you’re taking a peek through social media to start your day and you come across something that isn’t very positive, how do you think the rest of your day will be?
Aside from that, it can get kind of addicting. Instead of using free time to do something that benefits you in some way, it’s easy to just spend that time scrolling through your social media. It eats up so much time and I think that we don’t even realize it sometimes. If you’re trying to find balance in your life, social media probably isn’t the best tool. That’s actually part of the reason I’m starting my social media detox tomorrow! Check out my previous post to see if you need one too 🙂
4. Get outside
Depending on what you do for a living, odds are you spend a huge portion of your day inside. You’re honestly probably stuck in front of a computer screen for 90% of your day. That can definitely leave you feeling pretty unbalanced. Take some time every day, even if it’s only 10 or 15 minutes, and just go outside. You can take a walk, go to a park, read on your porch, etc. It doesn’t matter what it is but just go outside. Enjoy the fresh air, the breeze, the sun on your skin… I promise you will feel at least a little refreshed.
5. Get some exercise
When you’re trying to find balance in your life, one important aspect is your physical health. Just to throw it out there, I pretty much hate exercising. I’d much rather stay in bed all cozied up than get up and work out LOL. But even for us couch potatoes, there are still fun activities to get us exercising. So, if you’re like me, then try out some different things. I recently started doing yoga and I love it. It doesn’t feel like your typical workout and it’s not boring which was always the problem for me. If you aren’t a couch potato and already exercise regularly (good for you!), try mixing it up and doing something new. There are a ton of options out there! Just get active.
6. Create and follow a morning routine
Creating and following a morning routine is a huge way to help you find balance in your life. Sure, you probably already have some type of morning routine in place already, but is that part of the reason you’re feeling so unbalanced? What does your morning routine consist of? Do you immediately check your phone and scroll through social media? Or do you get some exercise and make yourself a healthy breakfast? Everybody is different, so your routine is going to look different than others and that’s perfectly okay. You have to find the things that make you feel the best and make sure to start your day that way. It sets the pace for the rest of your day.
Like I mentioned before, I love lounging in bed and try to stay there as long as possible in the morning. I get up then take my dog for a walk. I usually don’t eat breakfast, but maybe I do a few chores. Honestly, that’s probably a big contributing factor to why I don’t feel balanced. I know what makes me feel good and what will have me feeling good throughout the rest of the day. I recently started incorporating listening to a podcast before I check all of my social media (as of tomorrow, I won’t be checking social media at all). I started yoga a while back and have been doing that pretty regularly. Now it’s time to get more precise and cut out some of the things that don’t help me start the day right.
Meditation is a concept that I come across pretty frequently when reading about self-care. I used to think it was kind of silly and didn’t really understand the value behind it. Just in case you weren’t sure, meditation isn’t sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor and humming. I definitely wouldn’t have thought it was a great activity to find balance in your life.
Honestly, that idea is why I never thought it was a worthwhile activity. But in reality, it is such a balancing and calming activity that you need to try. Like I said, you don’t need to sit there humming. Instead, just go to a quiet and secluded place without distractions (inside or outside). Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Clear your mind of all thoughts and just focus on your breathing. For me, there isn’t a time limit on how long you should do this. Just do it for as long as you feel like you need to or until you feel at ease and refreshed.
8. Practice Gratitude
This is actually an idea that I’ve been seeing more and more frequently. It’s so easy to focus on the negatives in our life or the things that we want, that we lose sight of all of the things that we already have. As human beings, we take things for granted. I mentioned in the very beginning that I believe pretty strongly that what you put out into the universe is what you get back.
So, tell me this. If you’re constantly focusing on the things that aren’t going right in your life and are frustrated, what do you think you’re going to continue getting? Probably more frustration, right? If you set aside a few moments every morning to think about a few things that you’re grateful for, you’re going to feel so much better. Think about the things that you have that you really do take for granted. It may be a difficult activity in the beginning, especially if you’re too immersed in the negatives in your life. After some time though, it will be like second nature. If you start your day this way every day, you’re setting yourself up for more balance and success.
What activities do you do to find balance in your life? Do you agree with this list?