Balancing Life and Work
At one time or another, nearly everyone struggles to balance the demands of work and family. Work isn't necessarily associated with a career – it can be volunteer work, or tasks associated with a hobby or passion. And family can be a spouse, siblings, a much–loved pet or an aging parent.
So, it goes without saying that nearly everyone – including stay–at–home moms and professionals with no children – experiences the frustration and ensuing stress of being tugged at from different directions and feeling like there's just not enough time in the day.
What's even more complicated is that these feelings of anxiety, frustration or hopelessness often multiply, says life coach and intuitive teacher Amy Piper.
"Stress is not only created by a response to an external situation or event – a lot of daily stress is created by ongoing attitudes or recurring feelings of agitation, worry, anxiety, anger, judgments, resentment, insecurities and self–doubt," Piper says. "These emotions are known to drain our emotional energy while we are engaging in everyday life. This leads to more fatigue and an endless cycle of negative emotions.
Piper says that finding balance starts with defining your identity and recognizing your personal mission in life. It means knowing who you are and what matters most, so that you honor your priorities in the way you want and need to honor them rather than adhering to society's or someone else's expectations.
"When your mind and emotions are balanced – when you are in heart coherence – your physical systems function more efficiently, resulting in emotional stability, mental clarity and improved cognitive function," she says.
Here are a few tips Piper says can help balance out your world:
Learn to recognize when imbalance is creating stress and be deliberate about honoring your priorities. You'll be happier and healthier – mentally, spiritually and physically.
VISION & HEALTH NEWSLETTER COURTESY OF:
Christine Tyler, O.D., Cindy Pouw, O.D.