Each area of life needs constant work, and it’s up to you to know when and how.
The beauty yet problem with modern life is that there are many distractions, billions of things to think, say and do. We can easily avoid the basics, going down a rabbit hole of the unnecessary, neglecting the most important aspects of life.
During the process of self improvement, you’ll face tough decisions; ie. what stays and what goes? First ask yourself, does it make me feel good or bad? What is good vs. bad? If something makes you feel bad or uncomfortable its time to evaluate that part of your life and figure out whether it’s something you want to keep and work on, or completely purify from your life. Then ask yourself, does this contribute to or hinder the balance of my life?
You may be familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy, a pyramid that dissects the basic areas of life. Generally it is said you must master the bottom tiers, before mastering the latter, eventually ending with realizing your full potential and recognizing who you truly are. However once you move through the pyramid with a clear idea of how you specifically bring balance to each tier, you’ll realize there is no end, it is a continuous cycle, with variables constantly changing.
Most likely when you start your journey you’ll wonder, where do I start? Start with finding yourself the best food, the purest water, the cleanest air, and the most comfortable shelter. If you have a cracked foundation it could hinder the other areas of life.
If you have gone through the entire hierarchy, go back over all the tiers and make sure everything is aligned with your goals, values, and priorities.
Read more about Maslow’s Hierarchy to have a better understanding… Simply Psychology | Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
We all fear for our safety and the safety of others, wether its physical or mental. The safety tier consists of anything that makes you feel secure and comfortable.
Health & Well-being
Our health provides us with safety, eliminates many fears, and is therefore necessary for a fulfilling lifestyle.
Health is also a direct result of mastering the first tier Survival. You know you’ve mastered your survival skills if you are healthy.
Our immune system is capable of fighting off some of the toughest illnesses when properly equipped. When we’ve indulged a bit too much, or our immune system has become compromised, herbal remedies can be a wonderful second line of defense.
Fitness is also an incredible defense, and improves the comfort and quality of your life. When you have strength, flexibility, endurance and balance, everyday things become easier. Fitness improves almost every aspect of our lives in different ways. See how fitness relates to each section of Maslow’s Hierarchy for a fresh perspective.
Life is all about balance, there will be times that you follow your new healthy habits, and there will be times when you slip into old habits. It’s okay to step on the wild side every now and again, our bodies are extremely resilient.
But when we’ve gone a little too far, our body will start to send warning signs, aka symptoms. When “dis”ease strikes, don’t freak out, be prepared and have your arsenal ready.
Many natural remedies are extremely simple, some a little bit more advanced. It is advised that you do your research, learn all that you can so you don’t make any crucial mistakes.
Please know that some natural remedies interact poorly with prescription drugs, please consult a professional before trying anything you are unsure of.
Plant matter can be infused into water or oil which can then be used internally or externally.
Mainly used for drinking like tea.
HOW TO: Typically 1 cup herbs to 1 quart boiling water, steeped for 8 hours.
- Overview: Nourishing Herbal Infusions with Susun Weed
- Recipe: Nettles Infusion, Red Clover Infusion, Oatstraw Infusion,
Used for cooking, massage oil, lip balms; face, hair, or body moisturizer, and soaps.
First off, if you are looking to increase your fitness, almost any workout routine that you find will help you as long as you put in the work and stay diligent. However it is extremely important to remember balance, all areas of the body must strengthened and stretched in proper form to maintain proper alignment.
Fitness gets more enjoyable the more strength and confidence you build, which is related to the Esteem tier of the hierarchy. At the same time achieving and maintaining fitness goals directly effects your level of strength and confidence. This is another example of “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
If you read the above article, Physical Training and Maslow’s Hierarchy, you’ll realize the fitness aspect of life can be ingrained in many different areas of life, mainly depending on your goals, values and priorities.
- A fitness activity that is fun for you.
- Motivators – People who inspire you.
- A community activity (builds upon the next tier Love)
- Build and schedule fitness routines.
- Balance routine with:
Freedom From Fears
One of the greatest challenges of life is facing fears, facing our demons, facing the darkness; however you want to say it.
The best way to face our fears is to know our fears inside and out. To submerge ourselves into the darkness and get to know ever corner.
If you have financial fears, the best thing you can do is learn as much as you can about finances, dive head first into the subjects you fear. Fear is usually just the unknown.
Until it’s not, fears cannot be contained into one thought provoking sentence. You can know your fear of spiders, you can fear them every time you see them, but getting to know every aspect of your fears is the best way to dissolve them, until you move on to the next.
- What do I fear?
- Why do I fear __________?
- Do I know every aspect of the thing I fear?
- How do I choose to face my fears?
Job security goes hand in hand with financial security. The work you do determines the wages you earn. Money is the necessary evil that gives us more freedom to do the things we want to do. Of course there are many ways to enjoy life without the need for an abundance of money. But let’s face it, money makes things easier, well for the most part.
Money opens up our choices, but with so many choices it’s hard to make the right decision, the one that aligns with our goals, values, and priorities. Luckily if you’ve done the ground work you should have a pretty good idea of how to create more abundance for yourself and your family.
- Where do I spend my money?
- How can I spend my money more wisely?
- How can I work more efficiently?
- Do I deserve higher pay, and how do I negotiate it?
- Would I be more comfortable working from home?
- Would I feel more secure or comfortable as an employee or as an entrepreneur?
- I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
- MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins