Balance is in the Middle

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

No matter how much you plan in life, things will go the way they want to. It’s almost impossible to predict or know how things will turn out, but maintaining a balance is an important part of life. When we are extremely upset or very happy, they are both ups and downs. They are not helping to stay balanced and keep a state of calm and balance. Equanimity refers to this state of balance. Equanimity refers to maintaining balance no matter what is happening to you and to remain centered and calm in the middle of any situation. Equanimity refers to being in the midst of whatever is going on and not being swept up in it. We can really feel like we have mastered our emotions and life circumstances when we’re able to stay calm and balanced no matter what the situation. This is a huge part of not only getting sober but staying sober. 

Balance is a key component to maintaining sobriety and living a happy life. Some ways to maintain balance and inner calm include living an honest life, connecting with a higher power or spiritual support, practicing mindfulness, maintaining well-being, practice journaling, practice a daily balanced mindset, let go of what you can’t control, and prioritizing important activities for maintaining balance.

Other important aspects of attaining and keeping balance are regular physical exercise and physical health. People often discount the importance of physical health and physical exercise for overall mental health and addiction recovery. The way we maintain our body and how we physically feel is an important component of maintaining emotional balance, addiction and mood management.

Another important component for maintaining balance is time with family and positive family connections. Negative family interactions or lack of family support can trigger imbalance and feelings of strong negative emotion. Having positive on-going support from family is an important part of staying balanced and calm.

Another aspect of maintaining or keeping balance is positive social connections and social support. Our social network and connections, having relationships we can trust and boost us up is an important part of maintaining an inner calm, inner peace and balance. When our relationships are volatile, toxic or unstable, it can definitely trigger emotional ups and downs that trigger wanting to use drugs or alcohol. Stable, healthy relationships we can count on and feel connected to, can help to keep us living a balanced, calm, functional life free from addiction. 

A significant but often underdressed issue for maintaining inner calm and balance is finances. The way that someone maintains (or doesn’t maintain) their finances definitely has an impact on mood and well-being. If someone doesn’t feel safe about their financial situation, it can trigger a lot of pain and suffering…as well as doubt and emotional ups and downs. In terms of maintaining sobriety, having your finances under control is a major part of not getting overly stressed or triggered. If necessary, it may be helpful to have someone walk you through how to budget and improve your financial situation if this is problematic for you. 

An important quality that is often not discussed for maintaining balance is volunteering and giving back to the community. Focusing on and giving help to others can be an effective way to stop focusing excessively on your own perspective and the ups and downs of your own emotions. It can help to increase self confidence, self esteem and feelings of power over your life. Also, concentrating on a spiritual or higher power than yourself is definitely a significant way to feel more balanced and have inner calm. By developing a relationship with a higher power, we can let go of many concerns and anxieties, and trust in something greater than ourselves. This trust in something greater than ourselves and letting go, is definitely a key part of maintaining balance and inner calm. When we feel there is something bigger than us guiding the course of our lives it can help with maintaining our inner calm and ease. If our point of focus is just ourselves and the daily events we experience, we are much more likely to experience ups and downs. By focusing on something greater than ourselves such as helping the community with volunteering or with a spiritual connection…it can act as a buffer to our attachment to our own issues. A focus on something greater than ourselves is key to maintaining balance, inner calm, and peace.

Balance, calm, self-confidence and inner peace are huge parts of recovery. Learning how to balance and maintain our emotions and avoid extreme ups and downs is not always easy. But it can be practiced and learned. Silver Lining understands that you have spent a lot of time dealing with feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and shame. These feelings make it that much harder to obtain and stick with sobriety and a treatment plan for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and other diagnoses. Our policy of treating small numbers of people in each group allows us to get to know you and the exact type of help you need to learn to be kind to yourself and achieve your goals. We help you flourish now and in the future. Let our Huntington Beach location be where you begin again! Call us today for more information. (866) 448-4563.

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