We all need to keep several balls in the air:
- Family life
- Personal health & fitness
- Further studies
- Children activities
- Being an engaged partner (either in a relationship or business – OR BOTH!)
How do you know that you’ve lost that balance?
- You stop taking care of your body
- Your mental health is going downhill
- You feel incompetent
- There are no clear boundaries between work and home
- You’re lonely (and YES, you can be lonely even when you share a house with other people!)
I believe this concept of “balance” has always been a challenge for many people.
We need to read this, do that, attend this, be involved in that, study further, give our all at work (and at home!), and stay up to date with what’s happening in your industry, but also in the world……..
And so it can carry on and on.
How do you find balance in all of this? Being a full-rounded, informed and healthy person?
How do we find that (almost) perfect balance between not spending all your non-sleeping hours, being at work or at the service of your family? But to find time for YOU, what YOU want, need and MUST do to be a well-balanced person.
The first and utmost important step to take is to acknowledge that you need to attend to this. Then make a conscious decision to address it.
How do you go about this?
- Put physical distance between your work and home lives. With so many people working at home now, this is even more important than ever!
- Disconnect when you are at home. Nobody needs to be available 24/7
- Be more efficient at work. Do not try to multitask. Leave your home problems at home when you are at work.
- Prioritize self-care
- Take a vacation – even if it’s a staycation!
- Set boundaries.
- And last but not least:
- We are 3 people in one: Heart, body and mind. If one of these suffers, all suffer.
- When your heart suffers, you want to hide under a blanket with a movie and popcorn.
- When your mind is occupied with concerns, the frown and dark circles under your eyes appear.
- And when your body (health) suffers, it has a huge impact on everything.
It’s ok to take a break and consult with somebody for assistance.
Take a step back (or several if that’s what it takes) and find your balance again.
Take care of yourself – nobody else is going to do it.
Alma Darlington (CEO)