Are you feeling out of balance?

No matter what we use as criteria when it comes to experiencing balance in our lives, we have certain needs that need to be filled throughout our lives.  The more balanced our fulfillment of these needs, the closer to balance we will get.

Maslow called it a hierarchy of needs

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition calls it primary foods

Whatever you call it, it all comes down to balance.

  • Self actualization (morality, creativity, problem solving, learning, lack of prejudice and acceptance of facts
  • Esteem (self esteem, confidence, respect) 
  • Love and belonging (friendship, family and intimacy) 
  • Safety (security of body, health, family, property, employment, resources and morality) 
  • Physiological (breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion) 
Everyone can rank these in a different order of importance. At the same time, we may each rank them differently at different times in our lives. What is certain? If one of the above is lacking and another is over emphasized, then we are out of balance.

In my practice I have clients complete an exercise with a wheel called the circle of life.  The wheel is broken down into twelve areas representing lifestyle factors such as career, physical activity, spirituality, relationships and finances. I ask clients to rank each by how satisfied they are with each of the areas on the wheel. Visually we are able to see, for example, that they are doing great financially and physically, but perhaps not spiritually or career-wise. If we are out of balance, our wheel will not roll.

The truth is, we can fix what we eat.  We can eat more greens and get rid of processed foods, but if we don’t take care of the other areas of our life, we will still not experience balanced health and happiness. You can be completely healthy with your diet yet still feel imbalanced.

If you are feeling out of balance and would like some guidance and support on how to find your balance, please contact me for a free initial health consultation. 

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