What is this thing called balance? You hear about it everywhere; you read about it; and you long for it. But what is it? What does it look like? Is it possible for normal people with jobs, families, hobbies, and multiple internal and external commitments to achieve balance in the modern world? The last answer is, of course, a resounding yes!
For most people, a balanced life means having optimal time to give to their families, their work, their communities, and their extracurricular activities. It also means enough money or compensation to be able to meet all the basic needs of existence and to save for future needs and desires. For most people, work consumes the majority of their days, and they have to fit in family, shopping for and preparing food, and more into their remaining time. Diet and optimal sleep frequently suffer when people are trying to do everything they need or want to do in a limited amount of “free” time. Relationships also suffer.
Nurses and other healthcare professionals know about balance and are the first to encourage their patients and clients to find balance in their lives. Unfortunately, nurses and healthcare professionals frequently find themselves doing the opposite of what they recommend: They work too much; they don’t eat well; they sleep too little; they don’t exercise; and they don’t slow down when they get sick. There’s always too much to do—too much at home, at work, at the kids’ schools—for our training and education endeavors, and for our personal and professional goals.
Although it seems a daunting task to slow down enough to consider and contemplate achieving balance, it is a task worth doing—one that will improve your life in expected ways, but also in ways that may surprise you.
Achieving balance in your life can bring you amazing rewards. You can expect some or all of the following changes and improvements in your life as you move into balance:
- Improved health, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Less stress and more happiness
- More energy
- Improved quality of life
- Better relationships
- Improved concentration
- More free time
- Potentially longer lifespan
- Sustainable health
- Simplicity in your life
How This Book Can Help You Achieve Balance
This book was written for all learning audiences to facilitate balancing their work and home lives. It is an active book. Although we give you sufficient information, anecdotes, and wisdom to inform your work, the goal is to move you into balance.