By guest author Eve Pearce
The world is becoming more driven. The more we have, the more we want, and economic downturn means that we have to work a lot harder to get it. A culture in which work ethic is hyped and personal time denigrated means that many are expected to put in a lot of unpaid extra work or risk falling out of line with the company ethos. It seems that large numbers of people are flailing under the weight of all this pressure, and failing to strike the healthy life balance. Consequently, they suffer from toxic levels of stress, which can be greatly harmful to health.
Stress is an enormous problem in the Western world, exacting a heavy toll, and growing all the time. Chronic stress brings with it numerous problems. Stress is directly linked to depression and heart disease. It also worsens factors which cause poor health – such as robbing people of sleep, which has damaging long term effects.
Stress also has a tremendous emotional impact, rendering sufferers fraught and irritable. This makes them more prone to interacting negatively with others, and can have serious consequences for relationships.
Despite all this, a prevailing culture of ignoring stress and continuing with a lifestyle regardless of the trauma it is causing means that many fail to address the problem. However, those who do choose to tackle their stress will reap the benefits. Not only will they find their own quality of life vastly improved, they will also improve their relationships, and the quality of life of those who have to interact with them. They may even find that their productivity is increased through a new enthusiasm for their lives and work. Here are some ways in which stress can be addressed and combated. Balance it more »
By guest author Eduard Ezeanu
I believe that a key aspect of thriving in life is being able to manage your transactions with others effectively. You want to interact with other people in a way that creates meaningful relationships without generating pointless complications.
In this equation, making 4 key statements is habitually required. In my experience as a confidence coach, many people are not able to make these 4 statements confidently; and they often shun from making them, which ends up working against them.
You probably avoid making them as well. Nevertheless, it’s imperative that you use these statements whenever it’s suitable. And by using them over and over again despite the fact it feels uncomfortable, you will become acclimatized to them and using them will become easy.
This being said, here are the 4 things you need to get used to saying if you want to thrive in life.
1. Saying “No”
Your resources are limited. Whether it’s time, energy, attention or money, you only have so much of them.
The demands on your resources from other people around you can easily overwhelm your resources. From the beggar on the street asking for some change, to the friend asking you to help him paint his living room in the weekend, you get all sorts of requests every day. Balance it more »
By Anastasiya GoersWhat does a fitness outfit have to do with balanced living?
Health is one of the essential components of balanced living whether you put it at the top of your priority list or not. And an active lifestyle is one of the most practical ways to bring more balance into your life.
After years of searching for the ultimate life balance equation I realized that mindful fitness is my “secret” tool in finding inner peace and harmony. That’s the first thing that I recommend to anyone looking for life balance because it offers numerous benefits for mind, body and soul.
Whether you are already pretty active or are still struggling to find time and motivation for exercise I invite you to explore the benefits of an active lifestyle. And why not explore those benefits in style?
As I am writing this article I have two precious 5-months-old girls napping in their rocking chairs near me. My 5-year-old girls (also twins) are in kindergarten right now learning and exploring the world of science, math and reading. The picture that you see at the top of this article is the one of me wearing my favorite Ellie outfit and taken just a couple of weeks ago (4 months after my second set of twins was born.)
If I were looking for an excuse to forget about exercise then I would have had a mile-long list of those. Yes, being a mother of 4 kids definitely shifted my priorities and taught me to be more lenient in many areas. There were a lot of things that became unimportant to me after becoming a mother but a healthy lifestyle wasn’t one of them. The way I treat my body sets an example for my girls to follow. And of course, I want the very best for them! Balance it more »
By guest author Ion Doaga
What dreams are you following?
Is it wealth, limousines and mansions?
Or is it a much humbler dream of having fewer worries, spending more time with the family, and finally living a balanced life?
Well, let me tell you a little story …
Finding my dream wasn’t a bed of roses
When my father passed away, I was 19. That day changed my life.
I just graduated from high school. I was trying to find a job, but nobody wanted to hire a young boy with no skills. I didn’t have many choices and I went to work in construction, which was an exhausting job. Each day after work I was tired as hell.
Every single night I was lying in my bed thinking about my life, my childhood, my dreams, and about my career. And one night I decided, that I didn’t like the way things were going.
I wanted to have a loving family and financial security. I wanted to have free time and be happy. I quit.
Soon I found a new job. It was a multilevel marketing business, where I had to bring people in and grow my own network. I started right away.
I told hundreds of people about this business. I arranged meetings with my sponsors. I worked intensely to accomplish a full year with only one affiliate in my network. That was my cousin.
I didn’t make a penny, which was painful to realize. So, I quit again.
I kept looking for another job, and soon I found the job I was happy with. Balance it more »
By Anastasiya Goers
“I’m a little nervous. I’ve never done anything like this before.”
“No problem. It’s not scary (*smile*). I’ll guide you through and you will feel amazing at the end.”
“Okay (*timid smile*).”
An hour later.
“Wow! I had that tightness in my neck and shoulders when I came in. Now it’s gone! I feel so relaxed and energized at the same time. I didn’t even know I could experience something like that!”
3 months later.
“I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since we started! I come to you every week for my “tranquility fix” (*peaceful smile*). And I just love how trim my tummy looks and how much you distress me! I get two for the price of one, really! I can fly in here all wound up, with my mind all over the place but at the end of the session I feel like a new person. Grounded, peaceful, balanced. I am a Pilates junkie (*big smile*). Who would have thought?!”
L.C. is just one of the people who discovered the transforming power of mindful movement.
When we think about finding inner peace or tranquility we rarely imagine any form of exercise as a way to go. We might consider meditation, affirmations, positive attitude, simplifying life but we don’t think that adding any type of movement to our lifestyle can affect our emotions and inner balance.
A long time ago I thought that exercise was only a way to lose weight and stay in shape. And I hated physical activity back then!
Most of the students who come to me think of exercise as a way to trim their tummies, gain more flexibility or alleviate back and joint pain. And yes, a structured workout program can do all that. But why settle on just our physical wellbeing if our movement practice can affect all areas of our lives?
Think about it for a second. Balance it more »