To help bridge this gap, Balance Bar Company, makers of Balance Bar uniquely balanced energy nutrition bars, has launched The Balance Project, a multi-year, multi-platform program to open a dialogue that will aid in improving America's levels of balance.
While discussions both in the media and by the water cooler focus on the importance of balance, there's not much out there to help us share how we're actually finding balance... until now! The Balance Project is an online hub to share ideas, daily victories and challenges and even have some fun as we all embark on a journey to sustain balance.
According to the research, the most common ways Americans try to achieve balance is by keeping their finances in order (66%) and through activities that improve health – like getting enough sleep (68%), eating healthy foods (56%), and exercising regularly (48%).
However, just because it's important to find balance in certain areas does not mean it's easy to achieve. For example, when it comes to health and diet, roughly 2 in 5 Americans think it's difficult to actually find balance.
Just check out these findings!
Balance is a very fluid goal, as our levels of balance are always fluctuating, even day-to-day and season-to-season. For example, Americans report being the most balanced on Saturdays, and the least balanced on Mondays. They also indicate that they are most balanced during the summer months, and least balanced during the winter months, when 61% of Americans report feeling unbalanced.
According to the survey, 70% of male respondents indicate that they are more likely to feel balanced, while only 63% of women indicate the same. What are men doing differently? Staying calm. When looking for balance, ladies should take the idea of "don’t sweat the small stuff" to heart. In nearly every area tested, women are more likely than men to admit something has a significant impact on throwing them off balance, including finances, sleep, health, and family.
A mother’s work is never done, but at least she knows where to focus her attention to find balance. Nearly every single mom agrees that health (99%) and family and personal relationships (99%) are important to achieving balance in life.
How can the busy mom get to a Zen state of balance? For starters, get outside. Enjoying nature (67%) and taking vacations (66%) are the top actions that have a significant impact on achieving balance for moms. Spending time with a significant other (63%) was revealed as the next most impactful way for moms to try and achieve balance.
Steps Towards Balance
While it may seem daunting at first, it is possible for anyone to achieve balance. The first step is to make it a priority. Among those who consider themselves to be balanced, 70% say achieving and maintaining balance is very important to them, compared to only 55% of those who are not balanced.
Once you decide to make it a priority, achieving it could be as simple as heading to bed an hour earlier; 70% of balanced Americans cite getting enough sleep as one of the ways they achieve balance.
Do these results resonate with you? Are they making you wonder just how balanced your life is? Then head over to The Balance Project to find out more about your own work-life balance!
As well as getting in tune with your own life's balance, The Balance Project's exclusive guide and coach, Gabrielle Reece, a worldwide celebrity fitness icon and wellness role model, entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three, is also providing advice, tips, videos and her personal insights for addressing and achieving balance in a variety of areas.
"One the biggest reasons I see people fail at achieving their health and wellness goals is because they don’t go into a program with a balanced approach," explains Reece. "I’m thrilled to share my perspective on balancing busy lives, families and work with healthy diet and exercise habits that anyone can incorporate into their lives."
If anyone knows about balance, Gabby is it! I've enjoyed seeing all of her great tips and advice on The Balance Project and she also has a wonderful article titled A Life with Balance: A Work in Progress that you'll want to check out for more.
Are you ready to get balanced with Balance Bar? Be sure to head over to The Balance Project today as well as stocking up on your favorite flavors of their awesome nutrition/energy bars.
We all know that their Original, Gold and Dark product lines are based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model (40% of total calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from dietary fat) and this proven formula can help us all enjoy lasting balanced energy and help satisfy hunger for longer!
I know I'm ready!
You'll also want to visit Balance.com (and connect with Balance Bar on Facebook and Twitter) to find out more about the huge variety of flavors of these power-packed bars and see how they can help keep you balanced and organized this year. As well as at your local grocery store and health food store, you can also find Balance Bars at ShopBalance.com and on Amazon.
Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon be on their way to creating their own organized, balanced life as well, because...
One lucky person will win a prize pack including a Balance Bar tote bag, notepad, iPhone card holder, and a box of (15) Balance Bars!
A big thank you to Balance Bar for providing product for me as well as a prize pack for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.