In the whirlwind of daily life, finding balance – a midpoint – may seem like an impossible pursuit. At Midpoint Psychology, we recognise the importance of navigating life’s external demands while also attending to your internal wellbeing. Join us in exploring the delicate dance we call balance (or “blend”) and discover practical strategies that could suit your circumstances.

 

Be Clear About What Matters to You

“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” – Seneca

When we have purpose and clear direction, we tend to tolerate uncertainty and discomfort much more readily. Alternatively, when our choices are based on anxiety, fear, pressure or unreasonable expectations (from ourselves or others), we tend to second-guess ourselves at every turn. The good news is that there is no “right” time to start prioritising what matters. We don’t have to wait for the anxiety to disappear – for the sea to be calm, for perfect conditions. For most of us, fear, anxiety and pressure will (at least to some extent) always be there. Instead, we take action based on what’s important to us – acknowledging and accepting the discomfort – rather than letting it run the show.

 

Think About Balance Over Time

Balance is not a static state but an ongoing process. Consider balancing across many meaningful areas over a period of time. Life is dynamic, and priorities shift. One area may demand more time than before – or you may find yourself enjoying more or less of something that used to be a priority. Questions you might ask yourself are: “How do I want to look back on this?” Or, “Will this really matter in two years – ten years?”

 

Be Gentle with Yourself

Despite our best efforts, life’s challenges will disrupt our balance. Approach these times with self-compassion. Embrace the Zen saying, “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” Recognise that regaining balance is a continuous process, and being gentle with yourself allows for readjustments and the reintroduction of meaningful actions into your life.

 

In a Nutshell…

Balancing life is an art – a continual process that requires flexibility, mindfulness, and self-compassion. At Midpoint Psychology, we embrace each individual’s journey towards finding their ‘midpoint’. Get clear on what matters to you, consider balance over time, and – above all – be gentle with yourself as you navigate the complexity and uncertainty of what is referred to as a “balanced” life.