Maintaining Balance in Work and Life
In today’s transforming world, many of us find it difficult
to balance the increasing demands of career, family, and community
with our own self care. We often end up working harder, enjoying
our lives less, and searching for a better way to manage our lives
and responsibilities. Maintaining balance in your personal life,
ensuring that all of your fundamental needs being met, might be
If you would like a quick estimate of how balanced your life is,
try this. Write down these headings: physical, emotional, mental,
spiritual, family, social, work, material well-being. These represent
core needs for overall wellness for most. Now take a moment to think
about each in tern, what they mean to you, and how satisfying your
life currently is in each. Rate each on a scale of 0 (very unsatisfying)
to 5 (completely fulfilling). Now compare the numbers. If some areas
score notably lower than others, this suggests an imbalance. If
all of your numbers are comparable but are lower then you would
like, you might want to consider undergoing personal growth work.
If you find your life out of balance, regaining it may be the best
investment you can make for yourself, your loved ones, and your
work.The tips below are a few that many find helpful when re-establishing
balance. Family and friends are often great sources of feedback
and support, but many find the objectivity and expertise of a counselor
or personal coach invaluable when making such changes. Whatever
approach you take, keep in mind that changing too much too quickly
adds to life stress. A gentle consistency often produces greater
results than all out efforts.
Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Greater Balance
1. Envision the future you want. Take some time to picture your
life as you want it to be, keeping your core needs in mind. By envisioning
your desired life in each area, you will tend to focus your efforts
toward achieving greater balance.
2. Leave work at work. With cell phones, electronic organizers,
laptop computers, and the home offices, many are literally dragging
their work around with them, or inviting it to intrude into their
private lives. These tools can reduce our workload and increase
our freedom, but in practice they often do the opposite. Placing
reasonable restrictions on us of the home office and computer, and
shutting off the cell phone for work black out times can help.
3. Attend to your physical health. The greater the health and vitality
we have, the greater our ability to live out our dreams. Diet, exercise,
and stress reduction are critical, but proper sleep is often overlooked.
Many of us are trimming minutes off both ends of our sleep schedules
to fit everything into a day. Good sleep hygiene proves to be a
missing element for many.
4. Focus on family. Having close family connections can help buffer
us against stress and keep life in perspective. Here, family may
be immediate, original, extended, or even adopted; whoever you consider
to be family, is family.
5. Maintain an active social life outside of work. Recent studies
suggest that a healthy social life may add as many years to our
lives as regular exercise. The quality of our overall lives often
parallels the quality of our social networks. Cultivate and maintain
an active cadre of friends and associates outside of work. Choose
those who expand your life in some way, rather than diminish it.
6. Adopt a spiritual practice. Spiritual practices are simply those
which help us to connect with our inner selves and give us a sense
of meaning and purpose. Religion and other formal approaches are
an option, but for many, a regular walk in natural spaces, an art
form, or even quiet contemplation can provide needed spiritual focus.
Find a practice that brings you a sense of peace and contentment
with yourself and the world and make it a regular indulgence.
7. Enjoy your life. Do something that makes you laugh each day;
we often take life and ourselves too seriously. Set aside personal
quality time for yourself each day to do with as you please; try
to have something to look forward to at the end of each work day
that is not work related.
Bell well. Safe journey.
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