We Don’t Need to Learn to Just Deal with It

Finding balance. We talk so much about it but still struggle with what that looks like in our day-to-day lives. This Elephant Journal article explores why that is and how we can seek balance in healthy ways.


While I am not Simone Biles, I do appreciate having a sense of equilibrium in my life.

In fact, our bodies crave it as well. Of course, it sounds much fancier and technical when it comes to our body systems.

Homeostasis is the state of steady internal, physical, and chemical conditions maintained by living systems. Homeostasis is the pinnacle—where we’re functioning at the optimal level; everything internally is just right—body temperature, hormones, fluid balance, and so on.

Finding Balance

Rarely, though, do we maintain homeostasis in our lives. Both in the physical sense and the mental sense. To me, it all seems like a cruel trick sometimes. Our bodies want homeostasis, but, from the moment we are born, things are constantly happening to throw off that precious equilibrium. From teething to puberty, midlife, and end of life, what homeostasis is keeps changing. It can feel like our bodies are a few steps behind in catching up.

As if that isn’t difficult enough to deal with, then we add in all the environmental and societal things that occur and can throw us off balance. Once again, these begin at birth and never seem to slow down. Just as we adjust to one phase in our lives, it is time to thrust into the next. And between those phases, we’re expected to deal with all the ups, downs, dings, and hits that accompany them.

Just Deal With It

Inevitably, someone will come along and say, “Well, that’s just the way life goes! Deal with it!”

That is where most of our problems begin.

It is in the way we choose to deal with it.

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