In life and work, it’s a balancing act…
I really am in charge of most of my stress. The questions I haven’t answered or the boundaries I haven’t set are because of my fear or unwillingness to live with the truth.” ~ PBA Work/Life Balance Survey Respondent
We all know when something is out of alignment. Some people are simply more susceptible to stress, and some of us handle it more easily. According to new research reported by Science Daily, stress may be more related to how you are wired, rather than to your external influences – for example, just read the quotation above from the PBA survey respondent who acknowledges this, and embraces the responsibility.
But how do you tune things up so they are running smoothly again? The answer is different for everyone, and seeking solutions is a personal journey. The website worklifebalance.com defines work/life balance as “Meaningful daily Achievement and Enjoyment in each of the four life quadrants: Work, Family, Friends and Self.” Offering resources for organizations seeking staff enrichment tools and individuals looking for insight, visit the website to read articles, subscribe to the newsletter, and purchase training programs.
Author and motivational speaker Michelle Prince offers an excellent planning tool you can use to address key areas of work/life balance at selfgrowth.com/articles/work-life-balance-tips-proven-strategies-to-balancing-your-life. Subscribe to Michelle’s newsletter to receive regular life-improving strategies at winninginlifenow.com.
Worried about the effects on your well-being? Mayo Clinic offers healthy work/life balance tips at mayoclinic.com/health/work-life-balance/WL00056.
Check out the Work/Life Balance survey results HERE for insights from respondents.
Last month’s Work/Life Balance survey respondents offered great insights and suggestions for creating a harmonious glow. Here are five great tips from your peers for restoring balance and relieving stress:
Prepare a Schedule – Many people find that allotting time during the day for specific activities and writing it down in a schedule or calendar keeps them on track and helps manage the multiple demands we all face every day. If you know your day is going to be extra challenging, build more time into the schedule as a cushion.
Stay Present in the Moment – Several respondents suggested that the Zen philosophy of “staying present in the moment” was their way to maintain harmony. This simply means, when you’re there, be all there: don’t think about what you need to get done, your appointments tomorrow, or what bills to pay. Control your thoughts rather than let them lead you somewhere else. When you spend time in the past or the future during any action, you are missing the present! Psychology Today offers the article, “5 Steps for Being Present” on its website at psychologytoday.com, along with many other articles on work/life balance, stress relief and more. Search their website by keywords for a large library of helpful information around this topic.
Get Help – Others in the industry advise that finally hiring that assistant or delegating tasks to partners and other family members helps manage the daily demands pulling you in different directions. Don’t be afraid to let go, and let someone else take the wheel. You may even be giving away an opportunity for another person to learn a thing or two and enrich their own experience!
Make Time for Yourself – For some, waking up early, journaling, spending time with a friend or rewarding themselves with a treat keeps the flow moving in a positive direction. We all need “me time” and finding it is an important part of daily living.
Take Care of Your Physical Body – Whether it’s yoga, running, walking the dog or some other physical activity, get up – get out – and get moving! Exercise is a proven stress reliever and mood elevator. And, eating healthy foods and ensuring plenty of sleep give you the strength and stamina to keep up!