balance in action

Finding Balance In Action: Family, friends, goals, sleep and vacations

Ok so I’m just going to dive straight in today as there is a lot to cover.

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Schedule in time to catch up with family this week, either by phone, Skype or in person.

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Schedule in time to catch up with a friend this week, either by phone, Skype or in person.

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Write down what is important to you and ensure you pursue these goals even if it means saying no to others requests.

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Do three tips from step ten in Monady’s series post each night this week, to aid your sleeping.

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Plan your vacation / staycation dates for the next year so that you go no longer than three months without a break from work.

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Wishing you all a truly blessed work / life balance!

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x X x Jenny x X x

Finding Balance In Action: Schedule in creativity

Ok so I know there’s A LOT of exercises this week, so feel free to schedule this one in for any time in the next two weeks. I would say that this is one of the most important exercises as it cultivates true self expression and can be so immensely rewarding, genuinely renewing your spirit.

 

Schedule in a creative activity from Monday’s list (or think of anything creative for that matter) to do for one evening this week – even if only for an hour. TIP: Your favorite childhood creative pastimes are often extremely fun to revisit!

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Finding Balance In Action: Schedule in play!

Did you know it’s actually super productive to schedule in play? It has been found to have a whole bunch of benefits including greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism, hope for the future and produces a sense of belonging. Play even promotes our being open to new ideas and increases our creativity.

 

Take a close look at the playful activities as listed in Monday’s series post or think up your own and do one playful activity this week.

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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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Finding Balance In Action: Play a free online mindfulness meditation recording

Use this week to meditate for ten minutes over your lunch break during the working week and whenever you are stressed and see the impact it has over the course of the week.

 

For more of an in-depth look at the many benefits of meditation and how it can help you day to day please read my article titled ‘How to stop operating on auto-pilot and live for the moment’.

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Finding Balance In Action: Eat more fruit and vegetables

Use this week to improve your diet and see if you feel an improvement in your vitality. Do you feel less sluggish? More alert?

 

I have to admit I find this one hard too but at the times when I have eaten more healthily I have noticed my complexion improve and my alertness increase, making eating carrots well worth the effort!

 

For more of an in-depth look into a healthier lifestyle please read my article titled ‘New Year, New Life’.

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Finding Balance In Action: Exercise twice a week this week

When I exercise I naturally have more energy and motivation. Indeed it was when I was exercising regularly that I started this blog. I have to admit, I lapsed in my exercise regime for some time, so I will be doing this exercise right with you! Try to commit to exercising twice a week this week – it could be for just a thirty minute walk – and see if you feel better as a result. Do you have more energy and mental stamina for example?

 

This could be as simple as taking a half an hour walk or doing a twenty minute exercise DVD.

 

For more of an in-depth look into a healthier lifestyle please read my article titled ‘New Year, New You’.

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Finding Balance In Action: Detox from work emails

When I started my current job I ensured that I didn’t sync my phone with my work emails. This strategy has been invaluable throughout my working life. For this week I challenge you to ditch your connectivity to work outside of working hours and see the impact it has on your personal life.

 

The quality of your relationships will be improved because you are more relaxed and present. Your rest will be better quality and you will be able to switch off from the working day easier, thereby improving your stress levels. Mostly, you will feel liberated and fully engaged with your life outside work.

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