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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.

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

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            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!

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            Featured photo credit: mrhayata via Flickr via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on September 20, 2018

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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