4 Ways to Gain Greater Balance, Focus, and Happiness in an Unbalanced World - IBZ Coaching

4 Ways to Gain Greater Balance, Focus, and Happiness in an Unbalanced World

4 Ways to Gain Greater Balance, Focus, and Happiness in an Unbalanced World

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
– Martin Luther King

As we continue to shelter-in-place, observe challenges in national government, and live day-to-day, it can feel like an uphill struggle to experience moments of happiness – to maintain balance and focus.

Do you experience moments of happiness in your life? How does experiencing balance, focus, and happiness make a positive difference in your life?

This complex world and our daily lives are filled with distractions. It’s common to fall into the habit of just doing. We strive to check things off the list. We may forget about paying attention to who we really are and what’s really important to us.

Life’s vicissitudes – changing circumstances both pleasant and unpleasant – can fill our moments so completely that we may lose sight of our goals, direction, and how we want to express our lives. This busyness can leave us vulnerable to overwhelm, making it hard to notice the truths, needs, and callings within us and around us. Without giving ourselves a chance to pay attention to our own wants and needs and to the bigger picture of our lives, we may feel out of balance and unfocused.

Many of us know we would benefit from noticing a bit of breathing space as we face the persistent demands of life and work.

Engaging in practices that help us build focus and attention can inspire us to free ourselves from distractions, improving our sense of balance and our capacity to leverage moments of happiness. According to psychologists, even brief engagement with mindfulness and meditation can help strengthen our attention (Kabat-Zinn, 2012; Goleman & Davidson, 2017). Goleman and Davidson report that eight minutes of mindfulness can reduce mind wandering for a short time, while mindfulness practice for about ten hours over two weeks can make even more difference. These experts explain that the key to lasting benefits is practicing mindfulness regularly on an ongoing basis.

4 Ways to Gain Greater Balance, Focus, and Happiness in an Unbalanced World - IBZ Coaching
When you find yourself drifting or overwhelmed, here are four ways to help you experience greater balance, focus, and happiness.

Happiness is not so much about the circumstances in which we find ourselves as about how we choose to experience our lives and circumstances. Where and how we focus our attention can contribute to feeling a greater sense of balance, focus, and happiness.

You can begin strengthening your attention by becoming more aware of what you are focusing on. Try folding brief, simple mindful moments into your day. You’re practicing mindfulness whenever you point your attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, or acceptance (Niemiec, 2016). The simple act of paying attention, for example, when you pour a glass of water, sit down on a chair, or talk with a friend can bring mindfulness to the moment.

Increasing your sense of balance and happiness does not require big changes – even brief moments can help increase positive emotion. The secret for many folks is to take an experimental approach. Start small. Then gradually create more space in your life for these practices as you observe how they fit with your lifestyle and goals.

1. Savor the Taste of Your Food and Drink: At each meal, you can purposefully pause for a moment to savor the many tastes. Engage your five senses. Pay attention to the textures, smells, and sensations you experience as you interact with the food and drink. What do you notice?

2. Reflect on Pleasant Moments: To appreciate the positive moments in your life pause, take a deep breath, notice the pleasant experiences and experience them with a sense of joy and gratitude.

3. Reflect on Pleasant Memories: Once or twice each day, pause briefly to reflect on a pleasant memory recalling an experience from earlier in the day or another recent time.

Pause, take a few slow breaths with awareness, and sit quietly.

Focus your attention on the positive emotions you experienced and allow yourself to re-experience these feelings right now. When you’re ready, take a few additional slow conscious breaths and then resume your daily activities.

4. Notice Experiences that Bring You Enjoyment and Meaning: According to psychologists, happiness grows when we are making progress toward our goals and involved in activities that bring us meaning – endeavors that we value (Ben Shahar, 2007; Myers & Diener, 1995).

Try this:

  1. Think of – or better yet write down – 3 things or activities that you enjoy.

  2. Think of or write down 3 things or activities that are meaningful to you.

  3. Consider how you can create a bit of time in your life to include one or more of these – Daily? Weekly?

  4. What’s your next step?

Your comments and suggestions are welcome!
Click here 
to send Ilene an email with your thoughts about this blog post.


Copyright © 2021 Ilene Berns-Zare, LLC, All Rights Reserved

Read Ilene’s previous blogs here!

Flourish and Thrive: Navigating Transitions with Mindfulness and Resilience - IBZ Coaching

Ilene is a Featured Author on PsychologyToday!
Read her blog series Flourish and Thrive: Navigating transitions with mindfulness and resilience.

Ilene Berns-Zare - Life and Work Coach
What’s your next step?

Tap into your strengths, purpose, and potential to flourish in life and work.

I have a couple of spots open for new coaching clients. If you’d like to discuss how Ilene Berns-Zare Coaching can help you achieve your goals, Contact Ilene.

Coaching with Ilene Can Help You Call Yourself to Action

Ilene Berns-Zare, PsyD, PCC, CMC (ICF Credentialed) is an Executive and Personal Coach and Speaker. Ilene helps people live their best personal and professional lives by bringing mind, body, and spirit into flow with strengths, purpose, and potential. She inspires clients to find fresh perspectives and access their full potential as creative, resourceful, whole persons. Find Ilene online and access free resources at https://ibzcoaching.com/.

FREE Discovery Coaching Consultation

How can coaching help you maximize your personal and professional potential? During this FREE telephone consultation, we become acquainted, explain the coaching process, and mutually establish if we would be a good fit as a coaching team. We discuss your objectives, and how coaching can help you bring out the best in yourself as you strive to reach your most important personal and professional goals. Click here to contact Ilene.

In light and empowerment,

Please share this blog with anyone who might be interested in reading it!

We would love to hear from you! We are interested in your suggestions for this newsletter, your reactions to this one, or providing more information about coaching.