by Emily McBride
(last updated October 8, 2009)
It's all too easy to get caught up in one good part of life and lose focus on the other parts. It's important to have balance in your life and spend enough time with each different aspect. You will be a lot less stressed, a lot more at peace, and much more happy if you live a balanced life.
The different things you do in your life fall into different categories. For example, exercising falls into physical while attending a church service falls into spiritual. The four categories of health are Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual. To be truly healthy, you must be paying enough time and attention to each of these categories in your life.
To break these areas down further and into more realistic ways of how we spend our time, we can use the Life Balance Wheel. This wheel is a variation of eight categories: Mental, Social, Spiritual, Physical, Family, Professional, Financial, and Community. You should spend adequate amounts of time in your life in each of these categories in order to be truly balanced.
Knowing what areas in your life is important, but what exactly should you do to get your life balanced?
Remember that having a balanced life is a continual process and has no quick fix. Be patient, continue setting goals, and don't give up!
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