Balance and moderation are THE buzzwords of every and any health and fitness-oriented magazine, blog, website – wherever else. I don’t know about you but in my opinion it’s confusing to figure out an infinite definition for either of those words. There’s no one balance that’s right for everybody. We’re not just talking food here. Even when it comes to work-life balance no two people are alike.
Balance might include spending time and sharing non-work-related thoughts and experiences with your colleagues outside of the office.
But it could also mean deciding to keep work and life separated.
Balance might include only whole foods and no refined sugar with occasional nutritious homemade raw food desserts as treats.
It might also mean following the 80/20 rule. Or 70/30. 50/50 perhaps??
[If you’re like me you can’t even say it because you’ve anything involving number-crunching just exhausts just like nothing else.]
Balance might include working throughout the week and being out and about on the weekends.
It could also translate to staying in on the weekend to calm down and relax after being surrounded by others all week.
Moderation could be playing the one-bite-only rule for decadent desserts.
It could be eating sweets on the weekend only.
Or stopping at half a bar of chocolate instead of a whole.
Balance could be taking one, two, three or any number of rest days per week.
It could be working out six days a week with one active rest day spent taking a hot yoga class or walking around all day.
And yes: When in doubt balance can be everything in moderation including moderation.
Your kind of moderation could be any of the above, something entirely different or a mix. You can find it whatever your job, diet or preferred kind of exercise [no need to do yoga to find balance].
Whatever your kind of balance and moderation are the only mandatory rule is: it should make you feel good. Not deprived and longing for more [of life, food, rest]. Neither sluggish [sugar coma] nor bloated [hello, too many vegetables]. Do what works for you and change it if it doesn’t feel good anymore. And: accept that others’ definition might differ. Our balance and moderation can obviously feel like the only right one. But we shouldn’t try to push it onto anybody else. We’re all different and that’s what creates the overall great balance on this planet.
Happiness-inducing today: Watching a dad play with his little daughters in front of me in the pedestrian zone.
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