By Noni Boon
As a living organism, balance is your default position. Balance is something that your mind and body strive to maintain. If you are out of balance, then something has slipped and you need to restore it as soon as possible.
When you examine every aspect of life, you will notice that balance already exists. There is balance between night and day. There is a balance between the seasons, between ocean and earth, even between breathing in and breathing out.
All living systems have a homeostatic mechanism that controls balance and works to control the effects of outside influences. The many systems of your body, including your psyche, participate in maintaining homeostasis. Most diseases are a result of a disturbance to homeostasis. This condition is referred to as “homeostatic imbalance”. Biological systems need to remain in a state of equilibrium for optimal wellbeing.
If you are out of balance, your body and mind will let you know either via your thoughts and corresponding emotions or via your physical health. An important responsibility you have to yourself is to preserve your balance. I know that this is hard to do, but it’s harder if you don’t do it and then end up depleted and sick. If you find yourself tearing around crazily trying to fit everything into the day, then you can be pretty sure you’re out of balance. If you are spending copious amounts of time working and not enough time playing, then you are probably out of balance.
Take this little test. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I really had fun?” “When was the last time I laughed until my belly hurt?’ “When was the last time I felt like a little child (in a good way)?” If you have to rifle through your memory bank for more than five seconds, then it was too long ago. My best tip for restoring balance is to spend at least one hour a week doing what you absolutely loved doing as a child. This will help bring the balance back for you.
Eight suggestions to restore balance:
• Ride a scooter or a skateboard
• Ride a bike, motorbike or go rollerblading or ice-skating
• Go surfing or boogie boarding
• Ride a horse or an elephant in Bali
• See a PG movie or an animation
• Draw, paint or sculpt with clay
• Dress a little younger for a day and see how it feels (within reason of course!)
• Visit the zoo, aquarium or reptile park
Noni Boon is a holistic wellbeing specialist, international best-selling author, motivational speaker and guest writer. Noni thrives on working with people to achieve total holistic wellbeing and improve their lives to the point of flourishing as opposed to just “surviving”. For more information, see bidesignco.com.