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How to Maintain Your Balance When Life is Unstable

Living in balance, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, is the source of positive energy and creativity. This means every day carving out some enjoyable time for yourself, doing some sort of exercise and eating nutrient dense foods. However, you might find that in spite of all this effort you experience a generalized anxiety and are vaguely unhappy. How did this happen when you are doing everything right? Perhaps, you feel betrayed by all the wellness coaches and self-help books because you are implementing all their special strategies and little rituals, but ultimately nothing! The solution: Challenge your balance. You need to leave your comfort zone to be truly happy and sustain it!

Of course, all of us try to coast through life by doing the same things that seem to work. However, no one can remain at equilibrium. Everything and everyone is changing all around us. We are constantly changing internally before we perceive how we change externally. Even a revival theatre production or a blast from the past in fashion is not the same as the original; there are always updates or a slightly different emphasis. So, when we think that we are in balance, actually we are not! As soon as we adjust to family, friends and colleagues, disappointment or even good fortune comes along and undermines our stability; there is a shift in their lives and so in our own. We have to reset our center in order not to fall down and get hurt. After all, just when we think we know the rules and feel comfortable, everything has changed.

To prepare for lifeís instabilities we should challenge our balance all the time, rehearsing to become more flexible and fluid. How can we be ready when stress hits unless we train ourselves during the good times? Here are some suggestions:
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout and Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB AM1240 in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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