Mindful Monday is a weekly series that explores the present status of my world. There are often weekly meal plans, website updates, family events, links to crafts and recipes, and whatever I find useful and meaningful.
This week has been a pretty calm week around the house. After last week of being stuck inside because of snow, I was ready to break out, bust loose, or dig a hole to china. Whatever it took. And then it suddenly turned to spring overnight. Except for the snow STILL lingers on the ground. I’m in a light jacket and snowboots. Seriously, weird.
Keeping Balance in a World of Change
My time stuck inside led me to reflect on how my life is about to incur a whole lot of changes. Moving two hours away, leaving my present job, and my son starting kindergarten in the fall are just a few. Life has a lot of changes- some good, some bad, and not always expected or wanted. Change, especially big changes can often cause stress or a sense of instability. I literally tripped over a *still unfinished* self portrait album and it reminded me about keeping balance in my life. There are more books than I could ever read on the subject but I have found truth in certain ideas. So what do I find are the LONG TERM keys to balance?
1. Personal Motto
I have seen a recent trend of taking one word to focus on for the year. It can be any one word of your choosing (relax, budget, logic, etc). Although I have not done this particular project this year, I fully embrace the idea of personal mottos and applying them in your life. This one from my self portrait album reminds me to keep myself centered and not to dwell on the past beyond what can be learned. Think before you act, complete the action, and then live in the present. Yes, yes, and, oh yeah!
2. Know who you are
What do you like to do? Have you taken time lately to pursue it? What makes you happy? or mad? or sad? How are your goals coming along and what challenges have you faced? There are experts greater than me in this field but I find that understanding who I am and how I interact with the world around me helps to keep me balanced. For instance, I have a dyslexia issue that becomes particularly bad when I am feeling stressed or distracted. What may seem like the simpliest of tasks, such as setting an alarm clock, becomes totally confusing to me. Now, I can recognize those situations, which keeps me from becoming more stressed.
This particular area has multiple meanings. It can be a religious faith or a belief in the greater good or even a belief that everything will turn out all right. What are your beliefs and how do you incorporate them in your daily life to keep balanced?
4. Practicality vs Dreams
I personally believe that a good dose of each of these will lead to greater happiness and balance. One must have dreams or wishes to keep moving forward. Dreams and goals are different. Goals imply that you are active working towards a particular dream.
The opposite side of that is practicality. In other words, being realistic and keeping perspective. During times of change, thinking practically is a must. How do you keep perspective in times of change?
I know that this word is often over-used today (especially in politics). I value a lot of things in my life. Values, to me, are simply things I prioritize in my life. For instance, my family is a huge priority in my life and thus they have considerable value to me. What do you value in your life and how does that affect your priorities? How does it affect what you value? Do you override the important things in your life in order to take care of urgent items?
Change can be stressful, no doubt. Stress management is often something I struggle with. Even positive changes are not without stress. I hope you can take some time in your life to do a self portrait for yourself. It certainly does not have to be ornate. It just has to be you. It can be a journal with pictures or even some post-it notes on a wall. But you may be surprised at what you learn and how ready to tackle the unexpected changes in your life you can become!
Have a great day!