Hey babes! So a couple of weeks ago I asked y’all to snap me what types of things you’d like to see on the blog this year. And I had a surprising number of you snap me back asking about how I live a “balanced lifestyle.” I couldn’t help but laugh a little when I got all these replies because I don’t really think much about it. I just kind of live according to what makes me feel good and what brings me joy.
But since then, I’ve really been digging deep and taking notice of how I live my life in a balanced way. What was interesting, though, is that I couldn’t really come up with like a definitive answer. But what I can tell you is that my reason for wanting to live a balanced lifestyle comes from self love & respect. I’ve learned that if you don’t like yourself, you have less of a reason to do good things for yourself.
So I do some routine things to be self loving. Yoga, meditation, evenings in my serenity corner, I try to eat healthy foods (for the most part), staying on a workout schedule.
It’s pretty basic stuff, for the most part, but full of lots of self love!
Honestly, it’s a very personal journey to find what types of things keep your balanced, happy, and feeling good.
But here are a few major things I have learned out living a balanced lifestyle:
Balance is relative…It’s going to look different for everyone.
For me, balance means trying to find a middle ground between things that enhance my wellbeing and things that otherwise don’t.
A really simple example of this is CHEAT MEALS. I really hate calling them that because I’m not cheating by indulging a little but you get my point. Grabbing a cupcake or pint of ice cream at the grocery store is totally fine (and sometimes necessary for my sanity) but what’s really important is what I eat for the rest of the week.
If I’m eating cupcakes & ice cream every day, that’s not balanced. But if I’m eating clean and keep my diet full of nutrients, giving into my sweet tooth isn’t going to kill me.
I hate when people say, “I have a perfectly balanced lifestyle!” UMMMMM. No you freaking don’t. There isn’t a perfect way to have a balanced lifestyle, and that’s okay! I feel like that’s the point anyway. If there was a way to be perfectly balanced, that wouldn’t be balanced. Does that make sense?
And if you get caught up in being perfect, you miss the whole point! Perfectionism is one of my BIGGEST flaws for sure, so I struggle with this almost daily. If I don’t follow through with something I told myself I would do–like working out, laundry, writing a blog post, or even SHOWERING–I beat myself up instead of accepting that my body (and mind) needed a rest. If I have one too many cookies instead of reaching for the chicken salad I made for dinner, I tell myself I need to workout twice as hard the next day instead of just giving myself a break.
It’s CRAZINESS, people. And that’s why it’s so important to accept myself right where I am. THAT’s balance.
No, working out 7 times a week and only eating kale & chicken for every meal is NOT balanced. But some people seem to think it is. There’s this skewed way of looking at a balanced lifestyle now. And at first, it made me feel horrible about myself to think that I could never live up to this standard of “balance” that everyone else seemed to attain.
The truth is, people interchange “balanced” with “perfectly healthy” way too much. And I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to excessively workout and eat super foods all day every day to be balanced. In fact, I encourage you not to. Instead, you need to be focusing on the things that make you feel good and happy. After all, that is the whole point.
Sometimes, ice cream makes me feel SO good after a long day. But other times, I really want a grapefruit & avocado salad after an amazing workout and THAT makes me feel good about myself. Like I said, it’s different for everyone! But by no means should you try to do everything perfectly, you’ll drive yourself insane.
What’re some ways you practice living a balanced lifestyle? Do you have any favorite self-loving activities you do? Snap me your answers! I love hearing from y’all.