There are temptations at every stage of your life that will pull you from the path to a healthy, balanced life. It may be as simple as taking a detour, or you may end up going down the completely wrong road.
As you prepare for a new year, it’s a good time to reflect on the changes you can make in 2013 to help you achieve a more balanced life.
Where are you on the path to balance?
What can you do to find balance now and create more balance in the future?
Depending on your age and the stage of your life, you will face different challenges and obstacles. You can adjust your priorities and your goals to find a healthy balance at each stage:
The Roaring 20s
In our 20s, we can be tempted to stay up too late, party too hard, take our families for granted, and neglect our finances and overall health. We want it all and think we are invincible. We have plenty of time to become grown-up and responsible. Yet, the habits we develop at this age will be the hardest to break as we grow older. Now is the time to develop healthy habits that will stick with you and help you maintain your balance as your life changes.
- Start a regular exercise routine
- Develop relationships that will stay with you the rest of your life
- Create a financial plan now that will guide you into a comfortable retirement
- Establish good habits now and avoid bad habits later
The Thrilling 30s
When you reach your 30s, you may have a spouse, young children, sleepless nights, a mortgage, and a dog. It’s even harder to keep everything in perspective. You may be working at a job you don’t especially like, but feel you have to keep it so you can buy all the things you want. You may feel a little lost and not really sure how you got to this place. Staying on the path to a balanced life can help you put it into perspective and get you back to living your best life.
- Think about what is important to you – do you need to have all the “stuff” that everyone else has?
- Learn to manage stress now – for your future health and sanity
- Focus on getting enough sleep to improve your physical and mental well-being
The Fabulous 40s
By your 40s, you may have moody teenagers who are testing their boundaries and your patience. You are worried about paying for college. You may be eating poorly and struggling to find time to exercise. You are stressed out and running from one place to another – trying to squeeze in all your commitments and doing everything for everyone. This is a crucial time to keep on the path to a balanced life. Now more than ever, you need to:
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Continue to challenge yourself to make exercise part of your daily routine
- Reconnect with your friends and nurture those relationships
- Take time to do things that make you happy
The Freeing 50s and 60s
The kids may be grown up and out of the house. Now, it’s time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. You may want to reconnect with your spouse, or you may find you have more time to help others.
- Spend time getting to know your spouse again
- Find a cause that you are passionate about and volunteer your time, provide your unique skills, or donate money
- Evaluate your goals and think about what you want to accomplish in this phase of your life