This month, our friends at Every Monday Matters are stressing the importance of “balance.” Just reading that word – how did you feel? Sometimes it’s just another thing on a long list of things we can’t seem to get right. So then we get discouraged and find ourselves at the bottom of a pint of ice cream staring a a pile of unpaid bills and wondering what’s for dinner.
<<Oh. Just me? Okuurrrr>>
Maybe it’s ok to just try. To just make this choice instead of that one. So, rather than this life-changing shift that seems so difficult, it’s just a series of little moves in a certain direction. Some days it might be two steps forward and one step back. Some days there may be no movement at all. But like strengthening any muscle, it will get easier.
Another thing . . . you get to choose what this means for YOU. Silent meditation may not be your jam. It may just be that thing that allows your brain to switch modes.
Finally, after this past weekend and the senseless horror of innocent people being killed, life seems extra cruel and confusing and we feel a little hopeless. Do you realize that, for some of our cowoking members, your smiling face might be the only real human connection they have in their day? Loneliness is a killer and we are on the front lines. This is the best time to understand how important it is to care for our own mental health as well, so that we can be our best selves for our families and our communities.
“Balance can feel like a big word—and an even bigger life goal. We know the benefits of having a balanced life (including more rest, being healthier and more open, and lower stress), but this doesn’t mean we necessarily achieve it in our lives. And, just when we find some balance, we can quickly lose it. Well, there’s no easy answer to all of this, but what we can tell you is that achieving balance starts with a good, long look at your life. And then, you simply start trying. That’s really it. So start by looking at your life and asking what you can change or move around to create more balance. What things can you add, take away, or keep the same? It might mean putting your phone down and going on a hike once a week to breathe in some fresh air and get perspective. Or it could might mean meditating for 30 minutes each day. For others, it might be tending to their gardens or indoor plants. Whatever it is, it’s important to remember that balance doesn’t mean that every part of our lives is perfect. We’re still going to feel emotions. And, we still live in a dynamic world that continues to challenge our balance. It just means that we have the tools to balance ourselves out. So this month, get ready to try and try again to get balanced, and have fun doing it. Getting balanced matters.’