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Finding Balance in Everyday Life
by Dr. Dale V. Atkins, June 2005

Balance is the key to life. When we're not in balance, every aspect of our life can become a challenge. Simple pleasures fail to satisfy us and we become less productive, have less energy and are weighed down by seemingly minor problems and disappointments. Even our health can suffer, as we tire more easily and normal sleeping and eating patterns change.

Here are 10 Elements of Balance to incorporate into your everyday life to help you achieve and maintain a more even keel.

Love and Friendships - We all need connection with others. Put the effort into making all of your relationships healthy and satisfying.
Restful and Restorative Sleep - Recharge your batteries by getting sufficient sleep each night. Try to establish good sleeping patterns by going to bed and waking up the same time each day. To relax before bedtime, have soothing herbal tea and take an aromatic bath. Try to avoid watching TV, particularly the news just before dozing off.
Fulfilling and Meaningful Work - Fulfilling our purpose through our work, whether or not it is your "job", is one of the most important things we can do.
Play and Laugh - Everyone needs to have some fun!
A Healthy Diet - Eating well is a lifestyle decision. Make healthy choices daily so you can avoid the dieting yo-yo track and get the full benefit from your food.
Exercise and Body Awareness - Be active and find enjoyable ways to stay fit.
Communing with Nature - Get outdoors, breathe fresh air and enjoy the simple pleasures. A day at the beach, gardening, or a walk in the park are easy ways to include nature in your life.
Intellectual Stimulation - Find people who are interesting to be with, take a class or read about topics that fascinate you.
A Need for Unity and a Sense of Community - We all are part of a whole. Find ways to contribute toward the greater good. Volunteer for a worthy cause or charity.
Spirituality/Prayer/Meditation - Find inner quiet and peace through daily reflection. Develop your own spiritual relationship in a manner that is comfortable for you.

REMEMBER to spend time with people who care about you and whom you care about; NOT with those who do not respect your values. DO NOT accept other people's opinions of who you should be.

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