Work-Life Balance 

Traditionally, we view reaching a good 
work-life balance as hitting a goal. 
Some researchers are now encouraging us to stop thinking about work-life balance as an achievement that we either hit or miss. Instead, they suggest it may be more of a lifelong process – a continuous, never-ending exercise that requires vigilance, self-awareness and timely tweaks. In a culture that “honours” and “respects” busy, we may feel pushed to be “always busy as a modus operandi”. 
In the long term, it leads to worn out, to illness, and to disengagement from the people we love. On some level, we recognise that being “super busy” is not good for us, for our health. We raise this topic constantly and we acknowledge the need to find balance in our lives. 

However, Balance is not something we find, it is something we create.


👉Balance is created when we choose to understand ourselves:


Part of finding balance is finding acceptance and understanding ourselves. When we recognise that a lot of things are out of our control, the mental buzz reduces.

Draw a circle of things you can control: like your decisions, your responses, how you spend your time…and leave the rest outside.

Its is very liberating to know we are not responsible for everything 



👉Balance is created when we choose to be vigilance of our priorities: 

We get sucked into the busyness of life and we end up spending the least amount of time on the things we care about the most. Sometimes we need to stop and analyse. 
Take a deep breath and think: “Is this what I want? Then we can focus on our priorities. 
A former boss used to say, “Perfect is the enemy of good”, a phrase from Voltaire. Meaning its preferable to do something with good quality in the time we have. If we look for perfection, we “steal time” from the things we love to do or the time we want to spend with our loved ones. 
We need to prioritise things with the limited time we have, to be able to do the ones that are most important to us and feel balanced.


👉 Balance is created when we choose to live in the moment: 


The constant running thoughts of past and future events fills our body and mind with worries and guilt. Consequently, we automatically feel out of balance.

One way to stop a racing mind is  to “Treat Our Mind Like a Muscle”. Training the mind to stay focus in the here and now.  Like we train our body week after week to stay fit and healthy.

  HOW ??

 🌿🌿 Mindfulness and meditation are excellent practices, they are at hand and easy to follow.  Plenty of guided exercises with different lengths in many free apps, to stay in “the here and now”.

These exercises allow us to stay focus on the task at hand. They have a very positive influence on our immune system,  we feel more relaxed, confident and our performance improves. 

They are also very useful when we cannot stop the mind at bedtime. If in the end, you did not have a good night sleep, a 15 mins guided meditation can save you. Do you know that 15 mins of meditation = 3 hours of sleep for your brain? 

Give it a try, the results are amazing, and the energy levels will definitely go up!


🌿🌿Our senses play a huge role in our daily life. Each one is powerful and unique, they bring a safety net for our body and mind.  When we use our senses we re-focus in the here and now, as they can only operate in the present. 

Lets take advantage of Aromatherapy: 

 By using the sense of smell, Aromatherapy actively works to raise oxytocin and dopamine levels in the body, protecting us from a range of potential infections and illnesses. Essential oils create a very energetic and happy environment around us, which may be pretty helpful on days when we need a little push or fight seasonal threats.  By releasing oxytocin, essential oils help reduce our heart rate and decrease stress levels.

When you feel you have to do everything , take advantage of your sense of smell 😊:

🔥 Sit in front of a fire with a cup of tea. The smell of wood is a potent de stressor, is the power of indoor nature to ground and calm emotions. 
If you don’t have a log burner or fireplace you can burn Palo Santo wood sticks or you can use the essential oil. Palo Santo supports emotional pain, nervousness, panic and stress. It fosters energy, concentration & assists in meditation practices. It blends well with “tree oils”, forest aromas and citrus. 

If you feel unmotivated, sluggish, diffuse uplifting essential oils such us: Bergamot, Orange, Lime, Lemon, Eucalyptus Stageriana. Mandarin for kids is amazing! Bergamot and coriander is such a nice blend! 

🛀 If you enjoy baths, add salts and essential oils for further relaxation. 

🧴Boost your creams with calming oils, apply on face and breathe from your hands. 

👣 Apply calming oils on sole of the feet, in 20 mins is in every cell of the body. 

👉 Apply essential oils using rollers and take deep breaths from the wrists. You can design your own perfume with added benefits.



👉 When stress has led to exhaustion the most useful ones are Geranium, Peppermint, Black pepper, vetiver, spikenard, Rosemary and Thyme. 


👉 If you feel unfocused at work, experiencing concentration dips and brain fog, go for Rosemary, Peppermint or Coriander. Blends like Coriander and lime, Coriander and Patchouli will help avoiding you get stressed over using precious time you would spend with your loved ones.  Patchouli: is great for letting go, and go back to the task at hand. 


👉 Ginger and Lemon: to tackle colds, coughs and headaches because they are anti-viral and immune-stimulants. 


👉 Creams with thyme and Melaleuca (Tea tree) applied on the chest to protect your immunity. Preventing you from worrying “How am I going to work if I get ill?”  


👉 A fantastic blend for the autumn season may contain Clove, Black Pepper and Geranium : warm, floral and spicy. 


👉 Clove is more than just an aroma, it’s quite a potent essential oil, with many health properties. It is used to generate warmth and to eliminate any condition associated with cold. It is analgesic, a strong antiseptic, digestive and anti-spasmodic, a physical and mental tonic. Clove blended with Ylang Ylang is an excellent natural remedy for anxiety and stress. Invigorate and raise the spirits. 


There are many options within essential oils, and many different ways of applications to choose from to live in the moment. It’s important to look for a good fit: whether it is a roller, a cream, a spray, a diffuser, inhalers, etc. You need to find what works for you!



👉Balance is also created when we choose to Control our expectations:

Not everything has to be about success or failure, and we don’t have to be good at everything to enjoy experiences. One of my greatest joys is spinning. I do it for fitness and for fun. I feel the air and  the sun on my skin, life’s drama is suspended, and nobody can talk to me. It is bliss. Bliss can be found in the ordinary. And you don’t have to be brilliant.

In fact, it is more important to see where expectations come from and then try to manage them.


 Balance is created when we choose to understand ourselves, to live in the moment and accept that not everything is under our control.  Being vigilance of our priorities, protecting them  from things that simply don’t matter. 

 Do not hold everything into the air, 

Real balance is knowing what is worth holding. 😊



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