First off, while its not the same for everyone, its vital to submerse yourself in different activities/pursuits in order to lead a happy, healthy productive life.
Lets put together a possible list of six ‘buckets’ to draw on that can enhance your life:
Family/Friends, Faith/God, Work/Profession,
Art/Music, Hobbies/Pursuits, Exercise/Sport.
This seems so elementary, and it is but we all somehow struggle to strike a balance that handles our responsibilities and allows for our growth, relief and pleasure. There have been tons of studies that confirm the basics; happy, well grounded people have a circle of trusted family and friends, a belief in God, hobbies that keep them interested and growing and engage in some physical activity that not only keeps them in good health but blows off some of the stress they experience.
Seems like a lot of things to ‘cram’ into a day already filled with a job and commute! We’re all pressed for time and thus must ‘force‘ ourselves and schedules to accommodate much needed relief from a life consumed with work.
You’ve got to draft a plan and implement it!
Set aside time for your hobby and stick to it, get God back in your life, get outside and exercise! Start by doing something you enjoy and make it a habit no matter what is happening.
Its not being selfish (with reason) to engage in an activity that gives you joy or health (physical or spiritual), as it makes you better suited to handle your responsibilities.
A quick word on those who think their job is their hobby or outlet, 99 percent of the time its just an excuse! (unless you are an artist and even those talented folks need an outlet) Getting balanced or centered as the new age folk call it, demands you do something different! START NOW, its easier than you believe!