It has occurred to me when working with clients that many of us have the tendency to think of life balance in terms of daily or weekly perfection, and if we don’t do all of the habits or tasks within a given time period, we are “out of balance.”
There tends to be guilt while at work and away from family, and guilt while with family and not working. Or maybe even the self-criticisms of not exercising enough, or eating too much, or whatever.
I have two thoughts on this.
1) Let yourself off the hook a little more. Most of us cause ourselves more emotional anguish beating ourselves up for what we haven’t done rather than just accepting that we didn’t do it. Chill.
2) Think of life balance more as the way science defines equilibrium. Equilibrium is the point through which a system passes-not a perfect balancing act on a daily basis. Maybe you miss a couple of workouts because a friend had a family member pass away. Maybe you don’t see you friends much for a couple weeks because you are starting a new project you are excited about.
Broadening the length of time you evaluate your life balance may find yourself feeling good about how balanced you are, and giving yourself a little compassion isn’t going to drive your business off a cliff.