Balance

Why finding balance can be hard work

Ironically, in order to find a healthier work / life balance we must work hard. the beauty though is that once healthy routines and habits have been established we reap countless rewards and our overall quality of life soars to new heights.

 

I hope the exercises have helped you to find greater balance in your life but please do not be dismayed if at first it seemed like it was adding to your to do list. whilst change is always an adjustment I promise that the changes outlined in this months hot topic will serve to enhance your life in beautiful, fulfilling and even unexpected ways. For example, I’m sure your family will love seeing a more relaxed and playful you and that your relationships will thrive as a result.

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Why workaholics suffer

In today’s society which emphasizes the importance of money and success it is easy to become very driven to succeed. The danger is when this desire translates into workaholism and our personal lives suffer. There are many suggestions in this month’s Monday series posts to limit the impact of work outside of working hours and maximize our productivity whilst in work, however, if you feel you are falling into the workaholic trap beware, burn out may be on the horizon.

 

In reality when we burn out we are out of action for much longer than if we had just put on the breaks sooner to an overwhelming schedule or career, and, whilst self care such as a healthy diet, meditation and exercise can help, it can’t eradicate those crazy hours you might be working.

 

If you think you may have a problem with saying no, which leads you to over commit yourself in work and in life, please read my article titled ‘Sick of over-extending yourself? Learn how to say no’.

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How to tell if you need to change jobs for a better work life balance

It’s always difficult to take a pay cut, which is what invariably happens when we change jobs for one with less responsibility and a better work / life balance. Though this is never an easy decision, it is one that those of us who have climbed the career ladder will at some point face (or at the very least think about).

 

Having had post traumatic stress disorder in the past I know my limitations well and, for me, a work life balance that supports my emotional well being and health is my number one priority. Sure, when faced with the question ‘do you want to be stressed and work all the time?’ almost everyone would say no. In reality though, the process of climbing the career ladder is a gradual one and, with practicalities to consider like rising living costs and bills, finances understandably must impact our decision.

 

Though only you will know what is best for you, if you feel like you are constantly burnt out and you are not sure how much longer you can sustain your current lifestyle, I would urge you to consider whether changing jobs / careers is maybe something to look into.

 

If you are exploring your options for a new career follow the steps below for an easy way to reach a decision that works for you:

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Why health equals energy and the impact it can have on your work life balance

I once heard a wise man say health = energy (the awesome Tony Robbins). To me this is so true, when I have been at my healthiest I have felt a vitality that was otherwise absent. It gave me more energy to do the things that were most important to me and provided me with more endurance and a greater zest for life.

 

When you have energy like this you are able to put your all into work and life, making you feel less run down by all that you need to do and more enthused to do your very best. It improves your social life because you are more up for meeting people, the pursuit of your passions is given a boost and generally your life outside of work flourishes. Work wise you feel more motivated and driven to perform well too.

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The psychological benefits of having a work / life balance

When we have a work / life balance we feel rested, productive and we get the most out of our social life. I have always believed in the motto ‘work to live, not live to work’ and whilst I strive for a work / life balance I have never believed that work is more important than my life outside of work, even when I got more serious about developing my career. To me, if I had to choose, I would chose life over work any day. Unfortunately I need to pay the bills and to be honest I find my career rewarding, so it brings its own kind of fulfillment.

 

To me a true work / life balance is when we get the most out both areas. Below is a more thorough example of what I mean:

 

Life balance

 

Getting the most out of… rest, fun, hobbies and interests, friends, family, health, meaning, mission

 

Work balance

 

Getting the most out of… time management, career, finances, investments

 

What do you consider a true work / life balance? Do you consider work or life outside of work more important? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

January’s Hot Topic is ‘Finding Your Inner Zen; How to Realize a Work / Life Balance’

To me, the beginning of the year is a fresh opportunity to create a healthy, balanced, happy and fulfilling life – an opportunity to create greater harmony.

 

With this in mind, I thought it would be the perfect time of year to explore how to achieve a greater work / life balance.

 

In January’s series posts on Monday’s I will take you through:

 

  • The importance of a work / life balance
  • 8 steps to find a balance at work
  • 11 steps to find a balance at home

 

Because this is such a meaty subject I have given you even more ‘Balance In Action’ posts throughout the week, which are designed to help you apply the takeaways of the series practically in your day to day life.

 

I can’t wait to begin!

 

Wishing you all the happiness, success and joy you deserve,

 

x X x Jenny x X x