What does it mean to have life balance?
When we talk about life balance we often tend to think about work-life balance.
In reality, life balance is much bigger than this and incorporates not only aspects of our work and private life but also those activities and inner spaces we keep for socialising, creating, learning, caring, dreaming, praying or contemplating deeper or more satisfying layers of our life experience.
This most basic form of balance to describe often proves the hardest to achieve.
Work-life balance involves the establishing of healthy, distinct boundaries between your work-day activities and your leisure time pursuits.
With technology everywhere and our phones keeping us constantly connected, there can be a blurring between work time and play time.
It can be challenging to switch off from all the information which is constantly entering our minds in one form or another.
Due to COVID, more and more people continue to work from home and this is likely to be an increasing trend.
With this, come theoretical opportunities to create more time in the working day for things like exercise and relaxation.
Equally though, come potential risks from ever-decreasing boundaries between times spent in and away from work.
Interestingly, recognising you have a work-life imbalance is often difficult. This is because we have a natural psychological tendency to minimise areas of potential conflict in our life.
Our first sign that something is wrong might be a comment from a partner, child or work colleague.
Another sign could be physical ill-health, sleep disturbances or increasingly negative mental and emotional states of mind.
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signs that something in your life might require re-balancing:
Constantly bringing work home with you or working late into the night
Cancelling plans with friends or avoiding after-work socialising to ensure you get all your work done
Frequent nightmares about being in precarious or highly stressful situations
Tense muscles and grinding teeth at night
Losing your temper with loved-ones or colleagues
Diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel symptoms or heartburn
Headaches or migraines
Drinking more coffee or alcohol than you suspect is good for you
tALK TO a counsellor ABOUT ISSUES OF BALANCE AND FLOW
Your life-balance, like everything about you, is completely unique.
There is no right and wrong.
What feels like too much work-time for one person feels like too little for someone else.
What matters is that you are aware of where you're directing your energy and what that might mean for other areas, people, and important priorities in your life.
how counselling and psychotherapy can help with life balancing
A counsellor can help you to become aware of areas in which you’re currently struggling to maintain stability.
At Pathways Brighton & Hove you may explore some of the following for life balance:
Your support systems and networks
If, and how, you ask for help when you need it
Your ability to set clear boundaries with other people
Your career, relationship, and life goals or aspirations
What, deep down, matters to you
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