what is a well-balanced life?

We live in a world that is constantly in motion, and sometimes it can be a struggle to keep up.

In a perfect world, we’d eat and drink whatever we want yet still have six-pack abs, have a bomb social life and a relationship that puts the Notebook to shame, and make gobs of money.

In reality, I’ve never had a six-pack, I’ve got a good social life but can’t seem to find my Noah, and I live in London soo yeah, I’m not making gobs of money either.

Still though, I strive to find the balance between health, work, friendships, and relationships. I think we all do. Because if we get each of those things juuuust right, we’d lead a perfectly balanced life.

health + work + friendships + relationships = a balanced life

Looks good, right?

WRONG!

There’s something missing in this equation.

The piece I’m talking about is our…* drum roll please * mental and emotional well-being!

Whether we realise it or not, our mental and emotional well-being touches upon every aspect of our lives. It can have the most drastic impact on our ability to achieve our goals and maintain a well-balanced life, yet it can also be the easiest thing to forget.

I sometimes get so focused on trying to reach that balance that I forget to take care of myself along the way. I can only speak for myself, but I’ve watched friends and family do the same thing, so I’d wager that I’m not alone with this.

Think about your mental and emotional well-being like your fuel tank in your car. Every single thing may be running perfectly within the car, but how far you can go will always be limited by how full your fuel tank is. Once it runs out, you’re screwed.

Mental and emotional well-being works the same way; it’s the fuel we need to achieve a well-balanced life.

So really, the equation should look more like this:

mental well-being (health + work + friendships + relationships) = a well-balanced life

A well-balanced life focuses on finding the equilibrium between all of these things.

After all, what’s the point of achieving something if we’ve sacrificed our own well-being to get there?