When working to achieve a more balanced life between your personal life and professional life, it is important to remember to care for yourself. Self-care is a major component of being successful in creating a more harmonious life. When you put yourself first, your priorities will change, your needs will be met, and everything will fall into place more naturally and for the better.

Always take time from the day for self-appreciation. Whether it be the first thing you do in the morning before starting your day, or the last thing you do before you shut your eyes for bed, it is crucial that you allow yourself to reflect on all the positive attributes and characteristics you have and to be truly grateful for them. This will help give you a sense of peace, gratitude, and abundance in your life. It will also be the gateway to realizing what you need to do for yourself in order to create a better life.

As you appreciate yourself, respecting yourself will come easily. You will not only start to take better care of your physical body through healthier dieting and moderate exercise, but your mental health will improve also. You won’t take anything less than you deserve, and you’ll see that it’s okay to forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made. You will also learn what you need from life, and step away from anything that no longer serves you positively, such as being taken advantage of or overworking yourself.

If a majority of your stress comes from your business, there are a few things you can do: learn stress/anxiety management, and also time management, which is really self-management.

Learn about techniques to reduce feelings of being stressed, anxious, and maybe even overwhelmed with work, such as breathing deeply and slowly, or even taking short breaks to walk outside in between your schedule. These methods will help you be more aware and mindful, allowing you to have sharper focus and more mental clarity, which will result in more work being done.

Knowing how to manage your time properly also helps reduce stress levels tremendously. Realistically speaking, one cannot work 10-12 hours a day for weeks on end without breaking down. Your body and brain need rest in order to function optimally for you to continue your profession and provide your best work. Make sure that you are giving yourself enough time to rest and recover, and avoid overworking yourself. This will allow you to make the best of your time and allow you to be more productive when you actually do sit down and work.

On top of these important ways to create a better life, you can engage in activities that will provide you with more meaning and enrichment in what you do. Spending more time outdoors with nature, spending time with loved ones, and maybe even some meditation and yoga classes will be sure to help you live a full, healthy, and fun life. They allow you to focus on yourself, which is vital when dealing with Life-Work Harmony. Taking the time to personally care for you is taking the time to be more confident and successful at your profession, as well.

~Joanne Victoria

Joanne Victoria