Are you constantly tired, feeling like you’re running uphill all of the time and getting nowhere, you feel like you have no choices, no control, life seems to be happening to you instead of you feeling that you’re managing your life, you can think of more things that aren’t getting done than are getting done; you see more negative in your life than positive? (From www.HealthyLivingInfo.ca) Do you have time to even think about or notice the bigger picture of your life?
If so, this is a sign that you are out of balance with how you invest your time right now, and that an area of life may be draining you, preventing you from doing re-energizing activities.
If, on the other hand, you have a sense of well-being, and are nurturing key areas of your life, from finances, to family, hobbies, fitness, learning/growth, and even romance, then you are likely in a healthy balance.
“Those who have balance are satisfied with their work and home lives, are able to fulfill their multiple responsibilities at home, work, and the community without guilt or regret, are healthy physically, emotionally, and socially, have a sense of control over their life, and feel that the decisions they make are informed choices as opposed to forced sacrifices.” (www.HealthyLivingInfo.ca)
A practical way to think about work-life balance is how you spend your time. How satisfied are you with life overall? It is a dynamic balancing act, where one week you may be giving your all to your family and work does not get as much of your time and attention as normal, and another week it may be that work is never-ending. As you stand back from your life and consider key life areas and how much time you invest in each, you can adjust so that you do not get “stuck” in imbalance, or stuck in overdrive going somewhere you don't intend to.
A public domain tool, called The Wheel of Life does a good job of focusing you on typical life areas: career, health, friends/family, fun/recreation, finances, personal growth and physical environment. If you would like a copy, contact us, and we will e-mail you one, with instructions on completion. Or come along to our October 24 Clarity workshop, where we will be exploring life satisfaction, time investment patterns, beliefs that drive you, barriers that trap you, factors that increase work-life conflict, and how to make one significant change to adjust your time and move closer to that sense of well-being.
Work-life is a core adaptive mind- and behavior-set which requires awareness of when stress is helping you perform in life, or when stress has reached a point of diminished returns. Work-life is a daily discipline of doing what matters to keep you whole, adaptive and empowered. It means saying "no" and setting boundaries. It means saying "yes" to what matters. That requires you knowing what matters to you. It means facing your fears that may limit your choices and keep you trapped. It means getting out of auto pilot and trying different "experiments" to see what works better. It means inserting physical activity into your day and moving your body in ways you enjoy. It means nourishing your body and mind with nutritious food and thoughts. It means working in sync with your nervous system, that biological system we all have that keeps our bodies in homeostatic balance. We have a natural "gas pedal" to accelerate us through projects, and a "brake pedal" to help us slow down to repair and re-energize. If we keep our foot on the gas pedal, that burns out our adrenals, affects our immune system, depletes our energy, reduces our self-healing ability, and causes a cascade that can lead to burnout or major illness. It also makes us anxious, depressed, or angry.
Work-life is a deeply personal and inner aspect of leadership that we must value more if we are to strengthen ourselves, our families, our work, and our communities. It is NOT a sign of weakness. It is a sign of consciousness, healthy perspective, and sustainable strength. And, to be honest, people who can balance their life are probably a whole lot nicer to work for and be around, are nicer parents, and have more to give to the world.
How you spend your time shapes your life in palpable ways. You reflect what you value by how you spend your time. Your life spans approximately 30,000 days. You choose how you spend it.
By the way, United States ranks eighth lowest out of 36 countries in work-life balance, according to the OECD Better Life Index (complete with an interactive graph included at this link - http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/topics/work-life-balance/)
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Friday October 24, 10 am-3pm. Ladybird Wildflower Center, Austin, TX. Clarity - Doing What Matters Most
We will be exploring life satisfaction, time investment patterns, beliefs that drive you, barriers that trap you, factors that increase work-life conflict, and how to make one significant change to adjust your time and move closer to that sense of well-being.
Work-life is a deeply personal and inner aspect of leadership that we must value more if we are to strengthen ourselves, our families, our work, and our communities. It is NOT a sign of weakness. It is a sign of consciousness, healthy perspective, and sustainable strength. And, to be honest, people who can balance their life are probably a whole lot nicer to work for and be around, are nicer parents, and have more to give to the world. This retreat-stye workshop will immerse you in the things you can say "no" to and the things you can say "yes" to.
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Saturday December 6, 2.00 to 3.00 pm CST
Stress Shift: Mind Over Stress
Learn how to use the power of your brain to change your response patterns to typically stressful situations without having to strike a yoga pose in front of your boss. Explore what stress is, how we manufacture it, what it does to us, and three everyday things you can do to re-direct your stress into something more positive. Sheila, our Authenticity Coach, will guide this informational session, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions. She will blend science with right brain stress relief.
A PowerPoint slide deck will be e-mailed out to those who sign up prior to the call.
We will send you the conference number details closer to the date.
Monday January 12, 2015, 11.30 am CST
Stretch Yourself – Goals to Carry You Through Your Year
Try something new – from swing dancing to swimming. Get some practical tips on how to insert more enjoyable activity into your days, whether you are at home, the office or traveling.
Cheryl, our Activity Coach will guide this fun and interactive session to get you empowered, even if you happen to be in your office.
We will send you the conference number details closer to the date.
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2 pm-4pm CST
Dripping Springs, TX
$65; Limit of six people
Horse Experience – Show Me Your House, & I’ll Tell You Who You Are – Round Pen experience with a horse as your coach
A horse sees through your masks without judgment, showing you your strengths and gaps, and who you really are. How clear are you in your communiation? Are you stressed and passing that on to me? Are you scared? Are you grounded? How large is your space bubble? Can you connect with me? Can you move me or can I move you, or do we dance together? Let our herd be your coach.
Sheila and Cheryl will guide this experience in a way that makes you and our horse feel whole, adaptive and empowered.
"Every time you step into the round pen with a horse, remind yourself that today you may stand on the threshold of a great new personal discovery. Each horse, in his own way, is ready to coach you. And when your resolution to change - to work on the person you want to become - becomes heartfelt and sincere, then the horse will reveal his next great secret, his next great gift to you,"
Allan Hamilton, M.D., Zen Mind, Zen Horse
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Sheila Armitage helps individuals and organizations adopt everyday resilience practices that boost work, home, and health.