Living a balanced life. (Self-Care Series)

balance

I’ve shared my deep desire to live a balanced life several times here on my blog. What that means to me is for all parts of my life to be in a quiet state of healthy balance.  The good bits and naughty ones too. Because we all need to be naughty sometimes!

I want my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pieces to flow peacefully with each other.

Yup.

That’s the end goal. Now how am I getting to this place of chill??

Well, it’s not easy. There is no guide to finding a peaceful flow. 😉

You’d think to be chill and totally at peace you’d get there by doing nothing but being…well….chill. But that’s not how it works.

The first step is to listen to your inner voice. It’s awesome to connect with other people and learn about there journey. Self help books rock for exposing you to knew ideas. Reading blogs (thank you!) and online articles can take you to places you didn’t know about. But when all is said and done you have to do what works for you. You have to find that thing (or things) that click in your mind and just make sense to YOU.  Don’t be afraid to try anything that speaks to you, but also know that it’s ok if what works for someone else doesn’t work for you. This is YOUR journey. Own it.

So what am I doing?

I’ve completely changed my diet. I found out through trial and error (much much much error) that I was not eating enough.  I couldn’t believe that by upping my calories by 200-400 a day I’d start to lose weight. It’s not easy to up your calories when the upping is all based in healthy foods. Let me at a bag of tortilla chips and I’ll not only raise my calories by 400, I’ll double down!  But when you’re filling up on things like healthy carbs, lean protein and more veggies than you can shake a stick at…it takes a lot of thought and again…trial and error. It’s working and I feel sooooo much better.

I’m meditating every day. I’m never quite sure why I stop meditating. This along with Yoga are the two most beneficial things I can do for my mental health.  Simply sitting for 5 minutes at a time focusing on my breath is calming and leaves me with focus and  clarity and a feeling of beautiful balance.

Yoga baby….Yoga. I am a major fan of Yoga with Adrienne. Her You Tube channel is my go to for yoga practice. I can’t even begin to tell you how much yoga helps me. It makes me feel strong and confident. It gives me hope that all the aches and pains from years of not exercising (and getting older) will eventually heal. This in itself brings me peace. But the pay off with yoga is instantaneous. It’s like your body knows that each move is designed to make it work in the most fluid way and it’s thankful from the first moment. Even if you’ve never tried yoga…check her out. She’s amazing.

I’m working through some baggage.  I’m making peace with some things but more importantly I’m learning how to deal with things in a more productive way. I’m owning my shit. I’m gathering all the little broken pieces inside myself and I’m healing them. One at a time. Day by day.

Each one of these practices and several others are bringing me closer to that peaceful place of balance.

It’s a long journey and in all honesty, I’m not sure I’ll ever get to a place of perfect peace.  But that’s not really the point. The point is to get to a place of balance. Life is never going to stop happening around me. I can’t control that. But what living a balanced life can do is help me navigate those yucky moments life will certainly throw at me. The hope is to have so much good energy banked that I can spare some every now and then without really feeling the hit. I can deal with the yuck….without losing my peaceful flow.

That’s the goal.

Do you have any daily habits or practices that are helping you live a balanced life? Share them below!

Thanks for Reading!

nikkioceanblue

 


49 thoughts on “Living a balanced life. (Self-Care Series)

  1. I love yoga at the end of the day. I know that feeling with the healthy carbs, as well. Since going vegan, I feel great but can’t put any weight on to save my life (A little would be good, though thankfully not essential).

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  2. Niki, thank you so much for sharing. I think it is all about baby steps, and sounds like you are doing great !
    I need to channel my energies into a more balanced life again, It’s been a strange several months, but I must stop making excuses 🙂
    Thanks for the link to Adrienne’s site. This is something I want to do. x

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  3. Thanks for the post. I felt like some of what you said could have come directly out of my mouth. I definitely am with you on the yoga, meditation and healing the pieces that need to be healed front. For myself a huge part of balance also includes spending time in nature, whether through a hike or simply finding a quiet place in the outdoors. The balance always shifts, when I don’t get enough of it. Thanks for sharing your story.

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    1. I am not what you would consider an out-doorsy person, but I know for a fact that time spent outside makes me feel better. The fresh air…the peacefulness…it just calms me. Thank you for sharing what helps you! 🙂

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  4. I find focusing on my breathing takes me to that elusive “chill zone” time and time again. it’s my go-to form of meditation when things get out of whack. In fact, I’m doing it even as I write this! As John Lennon put it, “Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream”.

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    1. I read this article a few years ago about taking a a couple of deep breaths throughout the day whenever you feel tense or un-focused and I started doing it. It’s amazing isn’t it? Just focusing on your breath for just a moment even…can change your whole energy. 🙂

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  5. Thanks Nikki. I shall check out the yoga with Adrienne. I had a big wake up call lately when I got a bad bout of shingles. I am looking carefully at my diet as I am almost vegetarian and I need to get a better nutrient balance. B12 injections helping loads but need to tweak everything. It’s good to hear you are feeling better. 😊

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  6. I love reading posts like this and realizing that so many of us are in the exact same place in life – just searching for balance!

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  7. Love, Peace and Harmony is what my truth is and it wasn’t easy at first but I know this is my truth after listening my truth. It’s nice to be able to help others find their truth. Nice read.

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