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SMART Recovery Tool: Lifestyle Balance

Point 4: Live a Balanced Life

Living a balanced life… has a nice sound to it, doesn’t it? A meaningful life is one that is in balance, one in which adequate time is given to the activities that express your values and priorities. (NOTE: Refer to the Hierarchy of Values worksheet to rank your values.) No matter what those values may be, many of us do not live our life in balance, or in a manner that consistently sustains the things we value most.

It’s important to note that achieving a balanced lifestyle is just like the other points in our 4-Point Program—there is no magic involved and it takes some work to accomplish. Many of the other SMART tools can be helpful and utilized in your quest to achieving and living a balanced life. The SMART tools aren’t just to develop recovery skills—there are many who refer to them as being life skills.