In our society where dealing with the hustle and bustle of life has become a norm, many of us are forgetting the importance of maintaining work-life balance. It is like we are running on autopilot, allowing everyone and anyone at work or at home to pull us into different directions without a clear personal boundary. If we succumb to such demands, a 9-to-5 job can quickly extend to a 9-to-9, slowly but surely, we will end up losing grip of our own lives and living according to someone else’s agenda. Besides burnouts, this imbalanced lifestyle will also impede our personal life and cause friction in relationships when they could have been managed more mindfully.
Maintaining work-life balance is important for avoiding stress-related issues that could deteriorate one’s well-being too. It is about separating our personal and professional lives without allowing one to encroach upon the other. It is when we draw clear boundaries on what we will or will not do that we can finally take back control of our own lives. It is when we can maintain a work-life balance that we will find better health, higher productivity and greater zest for living.
Maintaining Work-Life Balance
There are many ways to maintain work-life balance, these can involve joining community groups, such as The QUEEN’s Council and QUEEN’s Council Facebook Group to learn from like-minded individuals who can provide nurturing support. Taking on more empowerment and mindfulness-based practices can also provide alternative experiences to managing stress and achieving greater self-mastery. Some of these practices can include reflecting on our inner thoughts, beliefs that confine us or define us. Whether we are allocating time for walks in nature, learning to ground and harmonize the body through sound, setting intentions, meditation, and even expanding one’s consciousness to tap into their own intuition for greater guidance. Using guided visualization, hypnotherapy and engaging the help of transformational coaching are also effective alternatives that can yield incredible results.
Guided Visualization for Stress Reduction
These techniques involve the practice of creating a detailed mental visualization of peaceful scenarios and allowing the soothing images to relax a person’s physical body and emotions. The purpose is to associate the peaceful visuals with the sense of relaxation, it also helps the practitioner to detach from fixating on random thoughts to cultivate stillness in the mind.
Hypnotherapy for Positive Change
Hypnotherapy has been gaining popularity as a choice of therapeutic treatment for improving performance, getting rid of addictions and even restoring one’s health. In fact, the potential of hypnotherapy is limitless due to its ability to create powerful change through the influence of the subconscious mind.
Transformational Coaching offers a direct and clear-cut approach to managing one’s work-life balance issue. This form of coaching helps to dissect the issues at hand and provide healthy step-by-step strategies for managing self-care, setting personal boundaries, and finally achieving self-mastery. Like what Dr. Brene Brown said, “I choose discomfort over resentment”, transformational coaching is about making the uncomfortable adjustment in our lives so that we can finally embrace our true potential.
Acknowledging the Need for Help is the First Step to Work-Life Balance
Truth be told, maintaining balance is probably the toughest challenge in our lives. If there is too much work, our personal life with suffer, but if we spend too much time focusing on personal endeavors, our career may come to a halt. However, it is possible to have a successful professional career and fulfilling personal life, the crux of the matter is about understanding our priorities and managing personal boundaries so that we can optimize our time, effort and emotions. The first step is to understand what you truly want, and not be shy about engaging the help of a coach, therapist or even community group to help you overcome the hurdles. When you are willing to acknowledge the problems, the solutions will show up for you.
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Abigail Bruce is a board certified life coach, certified advanced practice holistic nurse practitioner, a certified hypnotherapist, pain relief hypnotist, guided imagery meditation practitioner, NLP, and EFT tapping practitioner, massage and craniosacral practitioner, certified life coach, and intuitive spiritual guidance teacher. Awarded as one of the best life coaches in San Francisco for over five years running, Abigail’s decade-long practice has seen her successfully coaching hundreds of clients through their major life transitions and guiding them to positive transformation.