There is a fine balance between working to earn a living and maintaining good health. The World Health Organization states that good health is the absence of ill health. But striving to be healthy is difficult when we are concerned with meeting the daily demands of life and the responsibilities that are placed on us. Work life balance is not only about how you try to fit into a schedule, but it requires making a personal decision to place limitations on the amount of time you spend working. Work life balance is achieved when you begin to devote some of our time for God, family, friends, exercise and for socialising.
Making a choice to create balance in your life means obeying the laws of good health. There are some actions steps that will make a significant difference to your spiritual, physical, intellectual, social and mental wellbeing and you can begin to take this path from the moment you read this newsletter. Here are some steps you can take to set you on your way:
Step 1: Begin to create work life balance by using your sensory perception to monitor your health whether at work or home. The first of the sensory perceptive skills I will focus on in this is the vision. Visualise the balance that you want to create and begin by both verbalising and writing you what you want to achieve in a journal.
Step 2: Magnify your vision by taking self-directed action. How big is your vision? Use a journal to creatively write you vision down in large bold print or use a loose sheet of A4 paper to write or draw your vision. You can create a vision board with motivational statements and pictures of the change you want to see. Equally, you can use your fridge or any space where you can post photographs, or images that will support your vision. Do some self-talking about your vision and keep it in the forefront of your mind by making positive statements every day. This way you will begin to carve out a realistic plan for how you want to use your time in a balanced way.
Step 3: Make sure that some of your time is devoted to your family and important people in your network. Visualise them as the people who will help you to become the balanced person you want to be. Write their names in your journal and clearly identify the role they can play in helping your vision to become a reality. Talk to them about your vision and actively bring them on board. Don’t be shy about asking for their support. That way they will feel that you value them and will be flattered that you included them in your action plan.
Step 4: In order to create balance in your life, you must see your body as the engine room that will drive you to become fit. Your goal must be to exercise regularly. This will take care of each part of your body, helping all the various parts to work in harmony. This is something I often battle with in my personal life, but I try to walk for just twenty minute each day because I became aware that I was a sleeping gym member. You can use the things in your home to exercise. It is important to find an activity that you enjoy and when you do, stick with it. This type of activity will not consume a lot of your time but will keep you fit and focused.
Step 5: A balanced diet is important for your engine room because it will delay some of the major diseases and keep you on your path to achieving your goal. For this, you will need to be highly motivated, but remember that Rome was not built in a day, so take small steps each day and begin by simply cutting out unhealthy foods until you win the battle. Tell your mind what you want and not what you do not want. For example, if you want to cut out cream cakes do not say “I don’t want to eat cream cakes” because the more you say it, the more your mind will focus on cream cakes and the more likely you eat them. Just like a car needs petrol to move from one place to another, your body needs lots of water to keep your circulation going, so drink at least eight glasses of water each day if you can. When you are grocery-shopping make a B line for the water as opposed to the alcohol.
Step 6: Create time for reflection, meditation and spiritual renewal every day. Try and connect with the God of this universal seeing yourself as part of a vast cosmos, which is like a spider’s web. Realise that when there is the disconnection in the web, the balance of life is lost. Meditation, reflection and spiritual renewal will keep your engine room functioning at its optimum. Taking time out to rest is the best remedy known to man for creating balance, renewal and hopefulness.
Step 7: Regarding stress reduction, it is better to have short breaks than saving for months to go on the holiday of a lifetime. Short breaks will give you space to recuperate, refresh your mind and be ready to work with a sense of regeneration and purpose. My son who is a doctor tells me that he works hard, but he also plays hard. He creates time for family and personal enjoyment. He will often text me and say I am working this evening, but he will also say I am going to see Manchester United or I am going to the movies or that he is taking his son to swimming lessons. He has learnt the fine art of enjoying his work and enjoying his life.
Remember that balance is all about creating symmetry so…
“ The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the greatest power around us and in us. If you can do that and live that way, you are a wise man” Euripides (but I would say you are a wise person)
Good luck and see you next time for creating balance by connecting with your auditory perception.