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practicing yoga off the mat.
Work-Life Balance: a concept of proper prioritizing between work (career, ambition) and lifestyle (health, pleasure, leisure, family, spiritual development). It is believed that if we find this balance, we will find happiness. But is it really that simple?
I feel it’s hard to balance anything when life is always moving. At most times, we have 4 or 5 responsibility balls in the air, and only 24 hours to allot to any of them in a given day. We can even look at different times in our life to see how our priorities shift. Work-life balance is constantly changing, but that doesn’t mean it’s harder to achieve.
Bronnie Ware, the author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departed, lists these as the top regrets dying people make:
So, how can we balance the scales?
Slow down. Our society believes in moving nonstop. We work 40-60 hours a week. We shuttle kids to 3-5 practices and games a week. We try to prioritize and the things that get left off the list are just as important such as our health, our wellbeing, our happiness. Slowing down gives us the opportunity to savor that thirty-minute lunch break or ten minutes snuggling kids at bedtime.
Shifting into a lower gear doesn’t mean you are less driven or motivated. It actually means the opposite. By not filling our day full of activities and responsibilities, we are conserving our energies for what really matters. And with this new focus, we perform better, see with more clarity and live with more love and happiness.
“It doesn’t take courage to stay on the treadmill. It takes courage to step off, and live the life we want to be living,” said Dr. Claudia Welch. I encourage each of you to slow down one aspect of your life from your morning routine to children’s activities. Choose just one and notice how rich and full your day becomes.