Welcome to Abstracted Collective
Balance is good, because one extreme or the other leads to misery, and I’ve spent a lot of my life at one of those extremes. – Trent Reznor
What is Balance to you?
Always pulled in a million different directions in life and can never get a break?
That you want so many things in life but some of them seriously conflict with one another? We tend to really underestimate how much maintaining balance in our lives contributes to our productivity, happiness and general wellbeing. We are all very different people and balance means different things to each and every one of us. What does it mean for you(i)?
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. – Thomas Merton
Keeping Life in Balance – Why is it important?
We each have a zillion responsibilities – at home and at work. And the nature of modern living these days means that lots of us are stretched to the max in a few areas in our lives and end up neglecting several other areas. After all, The Spice Girls did sing,
Too much of something is bad enough…Too much of nothing is just as tough.
Focusing too much on any one facet catches up with us and leads to health problems in the neglected area. This usually has several consequences for us – emotionally, mentally, psychologically and physically. For instance, exercising too much leads to injury. Aristotle once said, “Moderation in all things.” Whenever you overdo anything in life, you lose perspective and balance and leads to other areas of your life being neglected. There tends to be lots of negative effects as well – stress, anxiety and manifests into physiological issues.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
Not only that, it also makes the Jacks, Marys, Harrys and more all over the world utterly miserable.
There are several different areas we can focus on in life to achieve balance and in this blog I focus on 7 key areas of balance or ‘wellness areas’
Helping you to Build the Balance you Deserve
I offer you clear advice, practical tips and solutions; drawing from research, science, pop psychology, books, anecdotes, reflections, thought pieces and many more. Abstracted Collective is also about learning who you really are, giving yourselves the love and care you deserve.
Life is about balance, and we all have to make the effort in areas that we can to enable us to make a difference. – Orlando Bloom
I love hearing from readers! Feel free to leave questions, comment on articles or contact me.
Here’s to more Balance in our lives!
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Who this site is for:
This site for YOU. Yes, You.
The ones who are unconventional. The ones who make things happen. The ones who chase their dreams relentlessly. The ones who don’t ever give up. The ones who call their own shots. The ones who want to live differently. The ones who want the best for themselves. The ones who want an amazing life, with great happiness, productivity, great health, healthy relationships etc – ALL AT THE SAME TIME but aren’t sure where to start.
Cause, yes, you can have it all.
About the Author
Here’s a little secret about me that people in my life don’t know: I love devouring information. I have a (really bad, I should say) habit of starting multiple books/magazines/articles simultaneously and never finishing them. Once I get my teeth into a topic, I get pretty obsessed and will trawl books and the internet to satisfy my curiosity.
That results in loads of infor swirling about in my head. To keep all of that content out of my mind and organised, I started a Tumblr blog a few years ago It acted as my own personalised Instapaper/Pocket/online library.
As I approached my mid-20s I found myself constantly thinking about my purpose in life. I bet every single one of us here has thought of this before. Life consisted of work, family and the random social event. I constantly felt this niggling sense of “there should be more to life than this”?!
I wanted to challenge myself to live life to the fullest and in a way which meant lots of positive change, growth and balance. I started reading up on various topics – health, socialising, career success, mindfulness, emotional health.
I come across lots of stuff – some useful, some not and have applied quite a few tips to my life with great results.
And that was how this blog was born.
I also love writing, playing around with colours, photos and designs and this blog is just the right creative outlet for me.
Besides writing here, I can usually be found daydreaming, people-watching and thinking of my next cup of tea. Yum. Yes I’m a dreamer, an idealist and abit of a quiet rebel 🙂 I love Victorian architecture, European cities, mountains, city views, window-seats, the smell of new books, cafes, unconventionality and listening to jazz music on a rainy day.
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Everything in life… has to have balance. – Donna Karan