Yes, it is the season of treats and they are especially appropriate in these times. Are you taking good care of yourself? Are you giving yourself extra treats to counter the stress you are experiencing?
Identify some things that bring you joy and treat yourself often and heartily!
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I am finding I have new needs and preferences lately that are a result of the changes I am experiencing in my life and work. There is a small lake near my home that I had been to only once before this year. Since last spring, the lake has become an essential weekly outing for me. Going there restores me and gives me a much welcome change of scene – since so much of my life is now centered around home.
How about you? Are there new elements or practices in your life that have risen in importance to your balance and well-being this year?
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Respite: a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
Upheavals in our lives and work need to be recognized and balanced. Are you feeling balanced these days? One way to balance the effects of the changes and chaos the world is going through now is to schedule periodic and regular respites. The number of respites you need usually correlates to the amount of stress you are experiencing.
Create room in your life for respites. They will help you center and are enjoyable as well!
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The world is out of balance now. Hopefully, it will rebalance at some point, but it hasn’t yet. In the meantime, life goes on for you. The balance of your own life has shifted in response to the changes in the world. That means it is time, even with things still unsettled, to find your new balance. What will it be?
To find your new balance, you can determine what is out of balance now in your life and work. What seems out of whack? What is the cause of this imbalance? How can you remedy it? Look at your mental, emotional, inspirational and physical lives. By considering all aspects, you can find your new balance and thrive.
If this photo intrigues you, here is a video about the leg rowing fishermen at Inle Lake in Burma. Masterful balance required!
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What is your perspective on structure? Do you see it as necessary or confining? Some level of structure, no matter how you view it, can be very helpful in these times. Many structures we once knew are no longer available now – common workspaces, means of transportation, human interactions, brick and mortar stores. Major adjustments are being asked of you.
Structure provides balance and stability in times like these. It can be flexible or rigid or in-between. It’s up to you. With some structure you can thrive in any environment. Create a structure that gets you through your work and life. Address time, project demands, things that may hamper what you can get done and the resources available to you. Let structure be part of your success!
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Fun is as much a part of balance as sleep is. Giving fun priority in your life has all kinds of benefits – relaxation, enjoyment, release of stress and joy.
What do you do for fun? If your answer is not easy to come by or you have not had fun in awhile, create a fun challenge. For a period of a month, do at least one thing a week that is major fun for you. When you finish the challenge you will find yourself refreshed, you’ll know what it is that brings you fun and your outlook on life will brighten!
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Joy is an up lifter. It energizes, and fulfills you. The source of your joy is unique to you. What were you doing the last time you felt joy?
Knowing what brings you joy serves you in multiple ways. Here are a few: as an antidote in times of stress, as an essential element of wellness, as a life balancer, as a way of bringing you together with others, as a balance to the pain in life, as a way to positively influence others or as a way to maintain a positive outlook.
With joy an integral and intentional part of your life, things can only get better.
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Centering fully in the present moment is a powerful way to assure your holidays are enjoyable and to minimize your stress. There is so much pulling on you – social invites, work, family and friends, preparation and increased demands on your time and your emotions. Here are a few ways to center and keep your holidays fun and rewarding.
1. Promise yourself alone time at the beginning and end of each day to regroup and look ahead.
2. Keep your focus on the present moment; limit any worrying about the past or what’s to come.
3. Build fun into every day to balance the demands on you. Real fun.
4. Say no when you have to – graciously and with kindness. Time is finite.
5. Know that the holidays will pass and their demands will go away, as a new year begins.
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How is your week going? Are you carrying a lot? How about this coming week you let go of three tasks, responsibilities or burdens so that you can lighten your load.
Your mind can convince you that you must do everything and that you have no choice. In most cases, there are things you can let go of, without dire consequences.
Go ahead, tell yourself that yes, you can walk a little lighter in your life!
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1. Undefined personal boundaries
2. Tendencies to create “dramas” with co-workers
4. Grudges or biases rooted in past experiences
8. Lack of focus
10. Too little fun
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