LIFE BALANCE QUESTIONNAIRE
HOW TO ACHIEVE FAMILY LIFE BALANCE
FOR A HEALTHY MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
In today’s fast moving world balancing family, work and lifestyle can be tricky, fitting in new things you would like to explore can be even harder.
But what if it was possible to stop the unwanted cycle of stress, fatigue and frustration and bring balance back into your life? Is life balance genuinely possible, or is it just a cruel and heartless myth?
A few years ago I learned (the hard way) that nothing in life is ever as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing our health over. Nothing is worth poisoning ourselves into a pite of stress, anxiety and personal chaos.
There have been times in the past where I would physically (and mentally) exhaust myself trying to find the perfect balance between balancing family, work and as a result my own personal needs were always sacrificed to ensure the needs of my family were met. Throughout this season of my life, I was committed to keeping it together for everyone and living up to unnecessary and unrealistic expectations and pressures that others were putting on me and also that I had put on myself.
I knew if I didn’t make some changes I was going to burn out so I made the choice to take action.
We all have moments when we allow others to cause us to react emotionally, especially in frustration or anger (at times when we're not getting the things we want). Often we regret these responses later, and we vow never to allow ourselves to behave like this again.
Those in life, who learn to manage themselves (and their time) are those who usually go on to accomplish great things. There's an ancient Chinese proverb which states;
"The person who can manage themselves, is an individual who's fit enough to govern a nation."
When we become entrenched in a high-stress, busy and diary filled lifestyle, we tend not to look outside of our 'boxes'. Unless something shakes us up, we can easily fail to recognise even the most practical options that are available for us to bring calm and balance back in our lives.
Although we all have different interpretations of what family and work-life balance looks like, most people, in principle, share a similar idea of what life balance means; to have available time for doing the things we're passionate about, outside of a work focused environment.
For some people, life balance could mean time spending more time with family, more time available to dedicate to self-improvement, or even having more time to spend at the gym getting our bodies into better physical shape.
There are a few occasions during our brief time on planet Earth when we experience great flashes of personal insight, great moments of truth that immediately change the course of our lives forever.
Most of those experiences result from our most significant life failures, not from our biggest successes.
It is often from the failures that so many of us learn lasting lessons that completely transform our perspective towards life (and especially life balance).
People often assume that achieving life balance is about making radical life changes, but this is seldom true. Radical life changes will always take time and can often be difficult to implement.
For most of us, it’s wiser to adopt the mantra “one step at a time”, because making minor adjustments in our main life areas can end up having a huge long-term impact.
So, having read this far, I’m hoping that you have some idea about areas in your life that you'd like to make these adjustments. But if not, that's no problem, because, over the forthcoming pages, we’ll approach your life (and the topic of life balance) in a structured and 'balanced' way.
The following exercise will help you to 'break your life down' into seven main areas so that you can identify the specific areas in your life that are currently 'out of balance.' Because it's these very areas which are most likely causing you the most amount of stress and frustration.
People with a healthy life balance have clear prioritisation between work (which incorporates their career, education and ambitions) and ‘lifestyle’ (which combines their health, leisure & family relationships.
No one in life is perfect, and no-one will ever achieve complete contentment in all of their primary life areas. However, it is always possible to establish a better balance - and 'all going well', this is what you're about to do!
Life balance is an ongoing process, which will always be shaped by the strategies we have for managing our lives. It's within the strategies that we can wind up misplacing our priorities, and find ourselves falling out of balance.
This questionnaire has been designed to give you a holistic overview of all your seven most important life areas, before identifying the particular life area's that you need to make immediate improvements in.
An ancient proverb says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You've probably known people nearing the end of their life’s journey who looked back on the life they'd lived, and said, “If only I'd done things differently…. If only I'd made better choices .... If only I'd spent more time with my family or kids .....”
Unfulfilled lives are always filled with “If only's ....” These are the last words of those people who's lives were over before they even got started. Life is full of countless opportunities, for great successes and even more significant failures.
But ..... it's up to you to take the initiative, to make use of every opportunity that comes your way. Because if you don't, you stand at risk of being condemned to a life of mediocrity — and no-one want's this!
So don't delay - complete this life balance questionnaire today.