Balancing Life and Time

Why is that we see the word ‘lifestyle change” connected with two very different approaches? One way is  the short-lived version, for example a diet. The other as a long life ongoing investment in health and wellness.

Balancing Needs and Time

It probably has to do with the demands that our pressured lives puts on us. We try to maximise output, multi-task and stretch all activities. We do not ‘have time’ to consider a longer perspective. What about our basic needs, and the difficulty to balance the demands life puts on us?

Balancing Needs

Balancing life means meeting physical and physiological needs. To define what this means:
need is something that is necessary for organisms to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants because a deficiency would cause a clear negative outcome, such as dysfunction or death. Needs can be objective and physical, such as food, or they can be subjective and psychological, such as the need for self-esteem. (Wikipedia: Need)
Heart and Brain as pieces of a puzzle fitting together

Body and Mind – pieces in a puzzle?

It is a balancing act between our body and minds basic needs.  While physical refers to the “body,” physiological refers to the “functions” in the body. 
If our body systems are not in balance, our health may be at risk. The foundation of good health is  keeping all body systems in balance. This means making choices that keep our body systems free of toxins, and all levels balanced through optimum nutrition, exercise, rest and clear thoughts. The choice is called healthy living and the result is wellness.

Balancing time

Clock chasing running woman to illustrate need for lifestyle change

Time to change?

Reality is that time is a huge factor in all of this. Time is the top excuse for not getting into shape, microwave your dinner, putting your kids in front of the TV, and getting to bed way too late – because ‘time’ stopped you from walking, cooking, reading to your kids, and going to bed when you’re tired. Time is the one thing we cannot stop. We can however take back time, by making time work for us.

Balancing Life – a Vital choice

Lifestyle change is a good choice - for life! What happens if we ignore body or mind – and the basic needs of both body and mind? If our body systems are not in balance, our health may be at risk. The foundation of good health is  keeping all body systems in balance. This means making choices that keep our body systems free of toxins, and all levels balanced through optimum nutrition, exercise, rest and clear thoughts. The choice is called healthy living and the result is wellness. If you don’t have time to look after the basic needs of your body and mind, consider that you may actually NOT have time not to live healthy. It is a vital choice – a life choice – a key choice for the rest of your life. 

When things go wrong

Our body systems interact and are dependant of each other. If one system is running on low it will impact another – and the whole body system suffers as a result. The result can be ill-health, and clear Man pulling hair out to illustrate time to change. Copyright: http://www.marktoon.co.uk to see – but often hard to trace. It can take show itself in various ways. For instance – lack of energy and/or stamina, insomnia, chronic pain, stress, weight problems, and depression or serious problems such as cancers and immune system dysfunctions. These are all expression of a body out of balance.

Why things go wrong

The lifestyle choices we make are responsible for an out-of-balance body and mind. If you over or under eat, don’t exercise, worry about too many things, don’t sleep enough, or drink too little water – you can bring about an imbalance in the whole body health. Bad lifestyle choices also contribute or cause a negative attitude towards life and often therefore dysfunctional relationships. Negativism and angry rages produce toxins in the body.  It’s a bad cycle that needs to be broken.

Balancing Life and Time – How?

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Getting back to balanced levels means understanding more about the body and mind functions, what it needs, and how to feed it with nutrition, oxygen, rest, and fluids. It also means finding out what level zero is. What is the levels that we are aiming for? What is ‘normal’? And why do we refer to ‘ideal’ when all are created different? Once you come to terms with the fact that changing lifestyle is a vital choice – the balancing act becomes more easy to deal with. It all comes down to re-organization , time tools, and finding the ways that work for you and your life realities. It is not as simple as going on a diet – but when long-lasting vital health is what you want – the it becomes very doable. Energy, wellness and feeling good are actual results – as well as a slimmer you (as a nice side effect):) In my next post, I will look at some thinkers that can help us find a way forward, and also time tools that work for me. In my other blog called The GOODista (published on WordPress.org), tools, methods and recipes are there for you to consider as well. The GOODIsta Lifestyle changes for wellness and energy everyday and working away Copyright

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