How can coaching support life balance?
In this paper, we will discover how coaching can support life balance. First, we will clarify what we mean by life balance.
What is life balance?
Quite often, we can hear people mentioning work-life
as a general concept, work—life balance is a feeling of being in control of your life, being able to exercise choice, and about finding an equilibrium between your own needs and those of others, whether at work or at home. 
In this research paper, we intentionally did not refer to work-life balance but to LIFE BALANCE because we strongly believe that life encompasses much more than just the work and personal life dichotomy.
The balance is not just between your home and your work, it is much more complex.
Life balance is in essence as complex as human beings are.
We could define life balance as
a way of being and living that do not “require either hyperactive time management or drastic career downshifting .
Life balance is also
the opportunity to experience peace and tranquility while living in a hectic world. 
Therefore life balance touches the core of who we are, our life purpose and our wellbeing.
1. Life balance is complex and multiple
Life balance for a manager, an expat, a woman, a mother, a man, a grandfather, a CEO, a retiree, a single person, a father, an immigrant, a teenager and a divorcee does not mean the same.
It is even more complex when you include the various lives which compose a human being’s life span.
For example, a woman could be a divorced mother, a CEO, an aunt and a grandmother. Or a man could be a stay at home dad, an expat, an uncle, a brother, a volunteer and a son.
There are so many combinations possible.
All these combinations clearly show us that balancing one’s life is very complex because one’s life can be so varied and distinctive.
2. Life balance is dynamic
Your life balance will evolve and change as you go through life. It is not stagnating.
What would be a good life balance for you:
- As a 30 year old, may not be working for you at 40 or 50 years old.
- As a young professional, may not be working so well as a new dad.
- As a senior executive, may not be working so well as a son taking care of elderly parents.
- As a young parent, may not be working so well as a parent with teenagers at home.
This is why life balance is dynamic; it follows the inherent dynamism of life.
Now that we have clarified what is life balance for us in this research, we will now see in which ways coaching can support life balance.
Coaching supports self-awareness and self-discovery
1. Knowing yourself
As we just saw, life balance is not just about your work or just your home life, it is truly about yourself. So in order to balance your life, you need to balance yourself first.
To balance yourself, you need to know yourself well. Coaching is an excellent way to support your self-reflection and self-awareness.