The fifth most viewed post on Rite2Run is Balance on Buddha Beach, about a magical place my wife and I stumbled upon a couple of years ago in Red Rock Country–Sadona, Arizona. We were hiking along Oak Creek in the shadow of Cathedral Rock and when we rounded a bend were mesmerized by a stunning field of balanced rocks–Buddha Beach. The sight inspired me to write that post two years ago, and I find today that balance is a theme we should continually practice in our lives, especially when life seems to be spinning out of control.
It’s common to get wrapped up in life–work, social commitments, your avocation or passion. Every day we’re confronted with choices–work or play, study or exercise, chores or relax. But when you find yourself leaning to far to the side of work, study and chores and not enough toward exercise, play and relaxing, it’s time to slow down, examine your values and refocus your energy. Here are a few considerations that will help refocus your life and bring calm, happiness and wholeness:
- Take time to examine commitments in the context of your wellbeing. Recognize the difference between commitments that are fulfilling and those that cause stress. Learn to say no!
- Look at your job through a different lens. One specific task may skew your perception of your entire job as more stressful than it really is. Having an honest conversation with your boss or coworker can lower stress, and lead to change. Prioritize!
- Schedule leisure time into your week the same way you would work and other commitments. I tell runners to carry their running gear with them and run before they get home from work. It makes a huge difference for both your physical and mental condition.
I haven’t been able to run since I fell on the ice in December, and then a personal issue interfered with writing for the past couple of months. It’s been unsettling to say the least, but also a learning experience. Now that I’m forced to pause from the two things that drive me, I’m finding it is also refreshing.
So give it a try. Refocus your life and restore priorities that continually serve your physical and emotional wellbeing.