BALANCE/OFF BALANCE

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BALANCE. What does it mean? According to Google, it can be thought of as an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. Balance is a part of our sensory system. It is also known as the sixth sense. Our balance system is responsible for our movements and our posture. Without a properly functioning balance system, we will be incapable of determining which direction to take and how to get where we are going. We will be incapable of good posture and stability in various conditions and activities.

We are using our senses when we learn to balance. However, balance cannot be achieved without the accompaniment of the other senses that make up our sensory system. Simply put, all our senses work together for balance to be achieved. It makes sense that in order to find balance in life, we would have to allocate an even distribution of time between the things that we have to do and the things that we want to do. This equitable distribution will enable us to remain upright and steady.

The same can be said for other situations as well such as resources used for expenditures. Resources that are spent unevenly can cause us to become imbalanced in life. We are here to recognize when we may be off balance and to find our balance. It simply makes sense to do so.

FINDING BALANCE

There are different ways that I pursue balance. If you want to learn more about how I find balance, please visit, I Got a Tool For That, and complete an inquiry form to receive this information. I also think that it is very important to learn how others recognize or pursue balance. Therefore the survey, “Off Balance” was completed by several women. These women were able to answer specific and open-ended questions about their balance from their own perspectives.

“In which areas of your life do you feel mostly balanced?” was one of the open-ended questions asked. Of course the responses varied. 12.5% of the participants responded that felt more balanced when they were taking out time for themselves and household chores, managing their time, or when they were engaged at work. 25% of the participants responded that they felt more balanced when they were engaged in spiritual activities (i.e. attending church). Another 25% of the participants responded that they felt completely imbalanced.

What does it mean to be without balance? What causes it? If we go back to review the human balance system, it is learned that balance becomes impaired when we experience diseases, injuries, trauma, and other physical and psychological problems. We can continue to infer that our other senses may not be properly accompanying our sense of balance. A different way to look at it is, when we are off balance, it doesn’t make sense.

“In which areas of your life do you feel mostly off balanced?” was the next open-ended question asked for the survey. Of course the answers were varied but there were greater frequencies of similarities in these responses. 12.5% of the participants responded that they felt more imbalanced when it came to being consistent, planning for their future, or, household responsibilities. 25% of the participants responded that they felt more imbalanced when it came to personal things in life. 37.5% of the participants responded that they felt more imbalanced when it came to time. One of the participants responded that they felt imbalanced in every area of their lives.

HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND?

How would you respond to this question, “How much attention are you devoting to health and self care?” Over 60 % of the participants in the Off Balance survey said they do this daily. In the article, “How to Claim Some Me Time”, the author suggested that we should spend anything from 5 minutes to an hour each day caring for ourselves.

How would you respond to this question, “How much attention are you devoting to managing your time?” Over 60% of the participants in the Off Balance (OB) survey said they do this daily. The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning provided what appears to be helpful tips for effective time management for college students. The principles were adapted from research and theory to encourage college students to get the most out of their time. Although, it does not answer the question of how much nor does it endorse the 80/20 rule of time management but the application may be universal.

How would you respond to this question, “How much attention are you devoting to building and maintaining relationships?” The majority of the participants who completed the OB survey said they do this daily. According to the article, “10 Tips for Being More Social on Your Own Terms”, you have the autonomy to do just that. From the author’s point of view, your level of social interaction is up to you. This infers that your effort depends upon the nature of the relationship and the social interactions.

How would you respond to this question, “How much attention are you devoting to interacting with your children. 100% of the participants who completed the OB survey said they do this daily. Making time to spend quality and meaningful time with your child(ren) is important. You are your child’s first and most important teacher. We want to ensure that they know that they are a valuable part of the family. It is important that parents translate this message properly.

How would you respond to these questions, “How much attention are you devoting to socializing?” Nearly 46% of the participants who completed the OB survey said that they do this weekly. “How much attention are you devoting to studies and schoolwork? 36% was a frequent percentage for participants who completed the OB survey. And, “How much attention are you devoting to setting goals for your future?” Nearly 46% of the participants in the OB survey said they do this weekly.

As you continue to pursue balance in life, it makes sense to shift things to ensure there is an even distribution of resources. Pull from those experiences in life and use such references as you problem-solve your way to a more harmonious and stable environment. Recognize those things that are making you feel imbalanced and use hindsight and insight as guides to change, to pursue, and to equalize your scale of life.

As May is considered to be the month for mental health, use this time to pursue balance. Because being imbalanced, makes no sense.

References:

How to Claim Some ‘Me Time’. Asp, Karen. 2013

https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/prioritizing-time-for-yourself-for-health

McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. Principles of Effective Time Management for Balance, Well-being, and Success.

https://mcgraw.princeton.edu/effective-time-management

10 Tips for Being More Social on Your Own Terms. Lamothe, Cindy, 2019

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-be-more-social

The Human Balance System. VEDA

https://vestibular.org/article/what-is-vestibular/the-human-balance=system/the-human-balance-system-how-do-we-maintain-our-balance

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