There is a lot of talk about work-life balance and a question of whether such a thing should even be discussed; isn’t work part of life? With burnout, you may be feeling as if all there is, is work, work at the office, work in the clinic, work at home, work in planning and running around during ‘time off.’ Exhaustion, a subtle resentment and distancing yourself from others and yourself may emerge; these are classic signs of burnout. Use dynamic balance for well-being and to overcome burnout.
Balance is a concept that I used to yearn for. When I was burnt out, I had the image of myself as riding a bicycle on a tight rope spinning dishes on a stick above my head and rings around my arms. I could never pull that off. Overtime, I’ve come to see that balance has many meanings,
- Positioning an object on top of a [narrow] base so that it will be stable
- Balancing a check book
- Riding a bicycle requiring movement to keep it up and balanced
- Artistic and musical balance so that when you see and hear things there is a sense of proper proportions
In addition to the varied meanings, there is the varied sense of balance we each need at different times in our lives, during the year and even during the day. There is a lot to keep track of.
What helps you stay in balance?
Here are some of the practices which have helped me and others I’ve worked with.
- Being aware of what is important and framing a task so that it is consistent with the value. In yoga using the core, is central to balance. This is a good metaphor for life. What are your core values? How do you strengthen them so they can keep you upright even in what looks like a precarious position? You can take the survey at VIA Character Strengths to help you identify your strengths.
- Keeping the big picture in mind – It is so easy to get caught up in the details of life and feel overwhelmed. Every once in a while, perhaps weekly, taking the time to look at the big picture of what you’re trying to accomplish is an important activity. Doing this regularly sets up a practice so that when you need to step back, you can do it more easily; you’ll know how to look at the big picture.
- 3W’s – What Went Well today? This daily ritual sets you up for a more positive outlook. No matter how exhausted and off kilter you feel, you’ll find some reminders of what you appreciate.
Please share how you define balance. What is one thing you do to create balance in your life?
Use dynamic balance for well-being and to overcome burnout. For more ways to move toward well-being, contact me.
Revitalize Your Life,
Dina, Well-Being Coach
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