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I’m at work, listening to serene, peaceful music as I type this.

Last week, members of SRC attended the SDHR Forum, where we heard guest speaker, Marc Koehler of Lead With Purpose speak about achieving harmony and having a work-life balance.

We listened to his insights and then among ourselves asked the age old questions, “What do we do to achieve that work-life balance?” “How do we get stress relief?”.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, i’m big on definitions, so (thanks Google):

Stress: /stres/ noun - A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. 

Work-Life Balance: /wərk-līf baləns/ - A concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition_ and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). This is related to the idea of lifestyle choice.

Ok that last one, isn’t a full on dictionary term [yet] but the idea behind it is true!

Anyways, after talking about it, we decided to throw some ideas together that helps each of us not only relieve stress, but achieve that harmonious work-life balance. Keep in mind, we’re all different and different ideas work for different people. But there is no harm in trying something you’ve never done before out (unless it’s dangerous..):

  1. Make a playlist of stress relieving music.
    • It could be Zen music, it could be instrumentals, it could be anything of your liking that makes you release tension. One of our employees actually listens to ASMR..which is interesting!
  2. Practice stress relieving exercises, yoga, pressure points.
    • It doesn’t have to be a formal class or take an hour of your time, it could be as simple as going on YouTube and finding a quick video at your desk or on your phone.
    • We actually made a playlist that we are adding on to of some of our favorite music/techniques that you can find on our YouTube Channel! 
  3. Get a good night sleep!
    • Again, this doesn’t necessarily mean a full 8 hours, it could just be enough so that you feel refreshed and well rested.
  4. On the weekend…focus on the weekend.
    • I’m one to talk. I pride myself on having everything as organized as possible the night before. But when it’s the weekend or after work hours, spend time away from your computer.
    • Go outside, get fresh air, stretch your legs, take a walk
    • Walk your dog (if you have one)
    • Watch a movie with your friends or family
    • Stroll down to your shopping area and get yourself a small treat but don’t go to the grocery store and make it a chore!
  5. Get a hobby or learn something new.
    • Again, don’t make this one a chore. Be sure it’s something you’re truly interested in and go for it!
    • I asked some of our team members what they do for fun or as a hobby and it’s across the board:
      1. Surf
      2. Try to read 4 books a year
      3. Learn to cook
      4. Learn to play the Harmonica
      5. Teach their children how to ride a bike by the end of year.

The list goes on and on and on and on.

Above all, it is absolutely important to focus on your health, be it mental, physical or emotional. At the end of the day, if you don’t have your health, you won’t be putting in your best effort at work or in your life.

 

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