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THE ELUSIVE HEALTH BALANCE . . . AND HOW TO CATCH IT!

When I think of balance, I think of the scales of justice. Too much may be weighted on one side and then there’s this desire to put something on the other scale to even things out. Life is like that. You do too much at home, at work and then feel out of balance. Some of you may feel resentful or just plain tired and want to place something on the other scale marked – “Time For Me”. Being aware when you’re at that point is important so that work days don’t become sick days

There’s something exciting and addictive about being busy, feeling productive. There’s a “rush” that comes with working under the wire, dashing from place to place, appointments stacked one after the other, or sitting at a computer until midnight. The next morning you may likely start the whole process over again.

According to Ron Burke, of York University in Toronto, workaholism is a major problem of our society. It is responsible for the break up of marriages and causes physical and mental problems. The casualties are your health, your family, your friendships and enjoyment of life. Even though many of you instinctively know this, there are ways to help you change negative patterns. You can still get your work done at the office and at home and include your own name on your ‘to do’ list!

While being super organized is important to achieve time for yourself, the following tips will enable you to cope with all your tasks and still feel energized, motivated and ready for challenges.

Focus on Your Breathing

According to Dr. Herbert Benson in his book The Relaxation Response, focusing on your breathing stops the mind from racing and brings calmness. For about a minute, notice the air coming into your lungs and going out. Give yourself permission to think of nothing else except your breathing if just for a moment. If you like, you can take a slightly deeper and slower breath to enhance the exercise and repeat it a few times a day. Deep breathing practiced daily can reduce stress, insomnia, headaches and cholesterol.

Slow Down; Practice Mindfulness

One simple way of getting off the merry-go-round is to slow down, or practice mindfulness. It’s the opposite of mindlessness, which is going about our daily lives with our minds always residing in the future or the past, but seldom in the present. Focusing on the present moment helps to slow your pace. As a result, you may notice a feeling of being in control and an enhanced enjoyment of life.

Some other mindfulness exercises as discussed in the book Wherever You Go There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, entail allowing little things to have an impact on you. When you’re driving home, would you notice a spectacular sunset and then allow its beauty to somehow reach you? If you see a laughing child or a brightly painted room, do you just glaze over? Try to really see it and feel it. Savour the delicious taste of an apple or a piece of chocolate! These small acts can make your life even more special.

I challenge you to try these simple techniques each day: deep breathing, slowing down and focusing more on the moment.

Happy New Year! May this coming year bring you peace, balance and contentment.

Rosalie Moscoe, RHN, RNCP
Speaker, Author, Stress Relief & Nutrition
Health In Harmony
www.healthinharmony.com
rosalie@healthinharmony.com
Ph. 416. 653.0077 or Toll free. 1 877.653.0077

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