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The Importance of Balance

What is balance?  The Webster Dictionary defines balance as “to equal or equalize in weight, number, or proportion.”  My personal definition as it relates to my core values, aligns.  To enable something, (i.e.: life), to remain steady by means of even distribution is a task you must give continuous conscious effort in order to achieve, as it’s not an easy thing to maintain.  It means allowing yourself the grace and freedom of unrestricted living, while also dedicating time to achieving what’s necessary.  Balance is about a bit of give, and a bit of take.  Whether it comes to relationships, diet, or work/play, I live by the mentality that balance is a necessity in all day-to-day life.

I’ve implemented balance into every aspect of my life, and I can confidently say that I’ve seen significant growth both mentally and physically.  A change I made that I’ve found improved my mental health is taking time to have balanced, nutritional meals.  Food is fuel for the body, and consequently, the mind.  Instead of dieting and beating myself up for consuming more carbs or sugar than I wanted, I’ve implemented physical activity into my daily life and ensured that the majority of my main meals of the day are beneficial to my body.  This way, I allow myself to be human and indulge in foods I enjoy, while also getting the required nutrients my body needs to live a healthy lifestyle.

No person is perfect and can resist temptation one hundred percent of the time.  Rather than attempting to operate unrealistically and becoming frustrated with myself when I inevitably slip up, I allow myself the grace of giving in and incorporate it into my routine in a way that accounts for it.  In simpler terms, I allow myself to do and enjoy the things I want, so long as I make time for the things I need to do.  As I sit writing this piece and checking off my to-do list for upcoming deadlines this week, I find comfort in the fact that I get to go out with my friends later  tonight.  This night to decompress with people I love is more time that hypothetically could be spent studying, however, all work and no play is counterproductive in the long run. Expecting yourself to study day and night without time to rest and still function at one hundred percent capacity is foolish and unrealistic, as without rest, your mental health and overall happiness will deteriorate.

Holding yourself to unrealistic expectations could be the thief of your joy.  The things you want and the things you need should both hold weight in your decision-making.  In my opinion, that is, (or should be), the human experience.  Prioritizing what’s important, while still living life to the fullest, is the very purpose of being alive.

 

By Gabrielle Bolton, Freshman, Howard University

Instagram: @missxxbolton

 

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Written by Gabrielle Bolton

Hi! My name is Gabrielle Bolton and I attend Howard University. I am beyond grateful to have been given a platform to share my voice with you all, and I hope you enjoy my work! ❤️

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