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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Woolslair, LMHC

How to Lead a More Balanced Life

The word “balance” seems to be making an appearance more and more these days. Whether it is something you’ve been longing for yourself or something you encourage others to be mindful of, it is a common theme when it comes to mental health and taking care of yourself. The idea may seem easy for some, but I find most of the clients I work with find the idea to be overwhelming.

When you are juggling so many daily tasks and responsibilities, how is it possible to implement healthy balance into your life?

A healthy first step to implementing balance into your life is to understand the different components of wellness. Tending to different areas of your wellness can make the idea of balance seem less overwhelming and overtime you will find yourself feeling more grounded. Each dimension of wellness can affect your overall mental health, physical health, and quality of life.

There are eight main components of wellness.

Let’s break them down to better understand how you can implement healthy change in each area, leading to a more balanced and fulfilled lifestyle.


Emotional wellness encompasses many elements but highlights the importance of being able to effectively cope in life. Whether it’s life events, personal relationships, or your own personal feelings, it is important to be aware and effectively cope with your emotions. Being able to acknowledge and handle your emotional reactions to people and situations increases personal awareness and decreases anxiety.

Tips for tending to your emotional wellness:

  1. Set up weekly therapy appointments with a trained mental health professional

  2. Journal daily (thoughts, feelings, gratitude, and/or affirmations)

  3. Implement breathing and relaxation techniques


Environmental wellness can sometimes be explained by taking care of our planet, but when it comes to balance in life it is best described as tending to the environment that you immerse yourself in daily.

This environment can include where you live, where you work, and who you spend your time with. Creating a safe and positive space for you to spend your time in can significantly improve your mental health. Making it a point to surround yourself with good energy and good company is key when it comes to this element of wellness.

Tips for tending to your environmental wellness:

  1. Declutter/tidy your living space

  2. Reorganize your office and add calming elements (artwork, oils, etc.)

  3. Reach out and make plans with people who lift you up


Financial wellness focuses on satisfaction with both your current and future financial state. Finances are the source of stress for many people and feeling off in this element can cause a lack of balance in other areas of your life.

Implementing financial wellness doesn’t have to equate to making a huge salary, but instead focuses on being able to live comfortably and focusing on a plan for the future. When money isn’t your sole focus and isn’t mentally dragging you down, it is a sign that you’re successfully tending to your financial wellness.

Tips for tending to financial wellness:

  1. Create a budget spreadsheet

  2. Meet with a financial advisor to discuss options for the future

  3. Set both short-term and long-term financial goals


Intellectual wellness highlights the importance of nourishing your mind. Continuing to learn, expanding your mindset, and feeding your brain are all parts of this element. Exercising your mind is a key element to tending to your mental health and not feeling stagnant in life. Whether you are learning a new language or skill, or reading for pleasure, it is important to keep your brain active and stimulated.

Tips for tending to intellectual wellness:

  1. Attend trainings, lectures, or seminars

  2. Read books or blog posts

  3. Enroll in classes that spark your interest


Occupational wellness encompasses elements pertaining to personal satisfaction and fulfillment from your job/career. Most people spend more time at their job than they do at home, so lacking fulfillment in this area throws off balance when it comes to your overall wellness.

Not all individuals have the luxury of doing what they love as a career, but you can avoid being miserable or feeling mentally drained at your workplace. If you are that person who dreads going to work each day, it is time to look at how this is affecting your overall mental health. Having a job or career that gives you purpose or is a step towards a larger goal can have a positive impact on mindset and lifestyle.

Tips for tending to occupational wellness:

  1. Explore career opportunities you are passionate about

  2. Work part time while you tend to long term career goals

  3. Attend workshops that excite you


Physical wellness is often underestimated when it comes to how much it can impact your mental health. If you are not taking care of your body physically, your mental state will also take a hit. Physical wellness focuses on physical activity and exercise, diet and nutrition, and healthy sleep habits.

Taking care of your body physically can help reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem, and increase positive mindsets. Many people use physical exercise as a healthy coping mechanism, which is a great way to implement the idea of balanced wellness into your life. Being aware of how you treat your body and what you put into your body is an important step to feeling more balanced in your life.