For the most part, you can’t tell when you have “achieved” spiritual balance—but you know when you’re not there. When the anxiety is cropping up, when you’re too tired to make it through your day, when you don’t feel connected to the world around you: These are all signs that your spiritual balance is out of whack. When you don’t have balance in your life, it can be tough to do the things you want to do. You may lack creativity or motivation. You may struggle to achieve happiness. Your relationships may suffer. So, what do you do? You work on achieving a better spiritual balance so that you can be a happier, healthier you. Here’s how.
Whether it be emotional pain or physical pain, you cannot fully achieve spiritual balance while you are hurting. Thus, the first step towards achieving spiritual balance is to relieve any pain that you can. If you do have emotional pain, try seeking the help of a trained therapist. If you have physical pain, there are plenty of websites that can help you find the chronic pain management techniques you need to get through it.
A strong spirit begins with a strong body. If you’ve already done what you can to relieve your pain and you’re still not feeling strong, you need to work on your diet. Eating healthy means eliminating sugary foods from your diet, increasing your water intake, and focusing on whole rather than processed foods. Believe it or not, just relieving your pain and eating healthier can do wonders for making you feel more spiritually balanced.
Your mind cannot be calm if your life is chaos. The next easy step you can take to achieve spiritual balance is to get your life organized. If accumulating clutter in your home is a challenge, try a decluttering challenge or instill the one-touch rule. Starting with easy, baby steps can be exactly what you need to create new, life-long habits that you can stick with.
In addition to organizing your home, organize your time. Tricks like block scheduling can help you feel more in control of your time and even increase your productivity. But the most important thing about organizing both your home and your time is that it naturally organizes your mind as well. When you know where things are and aren’t feeling the stress of clutter and time-management issues, your mind is free to open itself up to other things—and that is when your spiritual balance can come into play.
Mindfulness is all about being aware of where you are presently in life. It’s about not obsessing over the past or worrying about the future, but simply living in the present. Practicing mindfulness is one of the best things you can do to achieve spiritual balance. Yoga, meditation, and journaling are all great ways to practice mindfulness every day.
Spiritual balance is all about lessening the divide between you and the world around you. One of the best ways to do this is to get outside. Fresh air and sunshine can clear your brain, boost your energy, and make you feel more in charge of yourself as a person and more connected to the world at large. These are key to achieving spiritual balance.
When you’re feeling out of balance, your body is begging for you to slow down and reconnect with yourself. Finding ways to relax is pivotal to reclaiming balance in your life. Try getting a massage or taking a long bath. Whatever you do, choose something quiet that will give you space to reflect and to let go of the things that are stressing you out.
Whatever your beliefs may be—Christianity, reincarnation, crystals, or something else entirely—when you’re feeling out of balance, it’s a good time to revisit your beliefs. Read any texts that give you peace, do some journaling on your belief system, and simply take some time to think about it. Whether this reflection leads to a deeper understanding of your belief or questioning of some aspect of it, it’s guaranteed to make you feel more connected and more spiritually balanced.
It’s no secret that, between our phones, our computers, and our televisions, screens are taking over our lives. We are always on—and that’s not a good thing. When all else has failed you and you’re still out of balance, try taking a time-out from your screens. Turn them off, tell people not to contact you, and take a day or a week to just be alone with your thoughts and your books and your creativity. It can make a world of difference.
At the end of the day, achieving spiritual balance is what we’re all searching for. These easy steps can help you get closer to a balanced life. You’ll feel stronger and more capable because of them—and that is a good thing.