Advertising
Advertising

A Quick Quiz to See How Balanced Your Life Is

A Quick Quiz to See How Balanced Your Life Is

What is happiness? Sunlight dancing on the surface of the ocean? Clean sheets? Puppies frolicking in the snow? For many of us, it can be any or all of these things and more, but in this crazy, fast-paced, workaday world, how do we find the time to enjoy such simple pleasures?

According to personal development and spiritual growth coach Mariya Swanson, the answer is balance and bliss. Achieving balance between mind, body, and sol, Swanson claims, is the key to tapping into our inner joy. “We are all divine,” writes Swanson on her website, the OmniApproach, “and it is each of our duties to ourselves, as well as to our fellow beings, to vibrate at the frequency of our truest divinity.” The question remains, then, how do we learn to vibrate with divine vitality?

To help you begin, Swanson has created a quick quiz on her website that can provide you with an indicator of the level of balance in your life.

Advertising

quiz

    Here’s the link http://www.theomniapproach.com/quiz

    Advertising

    Q1

      Q2

        Q3

          Advertising

          Q4

            As a Libra, I couldn’t resist the temptation. Once you click on the above link, you’ll be directed to a short, 4-question quiz that asks you about your daily activities, how you process emotions, the way you use your brain, and how and when you exercise. Based on the results, you’ll either be declared a bliss guru or, like me (spoiler alert) be told you need to make some balance adjustments in your life. Apparently my idea of balance, which involves holding a cup of coffee in one hand and a chocolate chip cookie in the other while still managing to type this article, isn’t quite what Swanson had in mind.

            Given that, according to a 2013 Harris Pole, only 1 in 3 Americans claim to be happy, my results aren’t terribly surprising; this made me feel slightly better. It took me a few minutes to appreciate that having my fellow Americans to keep good miserable company with cheered me up, so in addition to being unbalanced, I’m also apparently irony impaired. (Whatever. One problem at a time.)

            Based on the information the quiz gathers from you, you can take a few minutes to reflect on how you might begin to shift the life scales a bit. Play less Trivia Crack, and jog more. Spend less time on Facebook and more time actually sitting opposite your bff at the local Starbucks. Pace your viewing of the latest season of House of Cards instead of binge-watching it in its entirety on a Saturday night. The key thing to keep in mind, however, is moderation. Too much of anything, even a good thing, leaves less room in our lives for other good things. So take the test and become a balance guru!

            Advertising

            Featured photo credit: mrhayata via Flickr via flickr.com

            More by this author

            picture of colorful blue plastic spoons 6 Simple Life Lessons To Be Learned From Spoon Theory image of a girl relaxing in a hotel reading magazines Five Ways Reading Improves Your Life 10 Things Only Book Nerds Can Appreciate Book cover of Emma (1815) by Jane Austen 10 Quotes From Jane Austen’s Emma That Can Teach Us About Life image of a girl working on a Macbook 5 Tips I’ve Learned About Being A Successful Freelancer

            Trending in Lifestyle

            1 How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck 2 How to Find Weight Loss Meal Plans That Work for You 3 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go 4 How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries 5 How to Manage Anxiety: Sound Advice from a Mental Health Expert

            Read Next

            Advertising
            Advertising
            Advertising

            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

            Advertising

            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

            Advertising

            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

            Advertising

            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

            Advertising

            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

            More Resources About Getting out of a Rut

            Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

            Read Next