How Balanced Is Your Lifestyle?

How many times in your life have you checked if your  lifestyle  is truly balanced? If you are like most people, consider yourself lucky if you have done it once if at all.

Nowadays, we are so used to doing tons of things for everybody else and every cause that sparks our passions, that we forget that our lives are out of balance and consequently in danger of consuming us, leading us to a life of complete automation.

We do things like robots, without becoming aware of our actions. We live, love, socialize, and work, all in auto-pilot. We don’t even stop at our birthdays to question what on earth is happening to us or in which direction life is going. We just do what we usually do and forget that we are incredible beings, capable of having the grandest and most fulfilled life.

Now, that has to stop. So let me give you some suggestions on how you can make your life a terrific adventure traveled on a sacred path.

First of all, evaluate the major areas of life and give them each a “score” from 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, most scarce and scary score and 10 describing an absolute bliss.

Think in terms of the following areas (not in order of importance or priority):

1. work

2. leisure

3. social life

4. money

5. family

6. love

7. sex

8. exercise

9. time

10. health, etc.

Now, you may say: “I don’t have any fun, but it is all right because I have other priorities.” Well, let me advise you to look at the big picture. If you do this you are skewing the balance of your  lifestyle , and that goes against the principle of happiness.

In our modern world these, among other areas of life, are what makes us happy and totally fulfilled. And I am not talking about values, meaning that you should only pursue what you value the most.

No, I am talking about a balanced, rounded, centered  lifestyle  and if you want to achieve this balance in all the areas of your life need to score a 10, or at least a 9 each of them. Remember that there is always room for improvement.

I will give you an example. I used to be a very successful professional when I was younger. I was the quintessential career woman, with the added benefits of having a great social life, money, health, time, etc. You could say that I had everything.

But no, I was missing a family. I wanted to have children. I wanted to experience motherhood and I didn’t have that. Deep inside I was the epitome of a very dissatisfied person. Though I had my family, I didn’t have a family of my own. And that tipped the balance of my life to an extreme that made me a very unhappy person.

So, what area is lacking in your life? Money? Good nutrition? Sex? A committed relationship? And what are you going to do about it?

After you have done your evaluation from 1 to 10, make a chart. Check which areas require the most urgent action towards change. Plan how you are going to solve each “issue.” Step by step.

And then go for it: walk the path you have designed. It will bring much joy and you will live in bliss.