Here are Some Tips to De-Stress and Relax

Life can just be really overwhelming sometimes and we all have days where we just feel like we are about to lose it. I think that’s totally fine and it’s okay because we’re all human. Whether it’s work related school related or personally related it happens and it happens to all of us. While it’s important to work through these hurdles in our lives I think it’s also important to just recognize that sometimes you need a mental breather and it’s okay to step away from these situations and find some mental clarity and whatever you do it doesn’t have to be something big. I feel like it’s really about focusing on the little things sometimes and taking baby steps to work towards your bigger picture. Something that has been really helpful for me is just disconnecting. In today’s world it’s so easy to feel like you need to keep up with everything whether it’s text messages, emails, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat like all of this stuff that’s happening and we’re just being inundated with information all the time and it’s good to kind of separate from that so what I do is I put my phone on airplane mode and I’ve reached a point where in pretty much every day I have at least an hour or 2 where I’m just completely disconnected and that’s usually in the morning and later at night like when I’m eating dinner but it wasn’t always that way. It took time to get to this place. I started with 5 minutes disconnecting every day and stretched that into 10 to 15 minutes and then stretched that into 30 minutes and before you know it you’ll find that you have the time in your day for yourself.

I love, for example, making a cup of tea. I am really into this honey lavender tea that I have because lavender is just naturally southing and it also just tastes really good. It’s just something that you can put into your body that’s instantly relaxing and I’ll have this cup of tea while I read a book or I do a little bit of writing. Reading and writing are two things that have always been there for me throughout the course of my life and there’s something that I’ve found very therapeutic in a way where I can release whatever it is I’m feeling or just completely dive into a different world and escape whatever I’m thinking about right now. That allows me to come back with a fresher mind. Sometimes if I have like 5 or 10 minutes, not a ton of time to myself, but I really want to make the most of it. I will meditate. It’s something that takes work and it takes time and effort to learn how to do it to really force all of the clutter out of your mind and just focus on the present moment. If you’re new to meditation I have found this app called Simply Being to be really helpful because sometimes you just need a little bit of guidance like a southing, guiding voice so you’re not just left completely lost, but I think if you really focus on it and you’re putting effort into it it’s almost going to start coming more naturally. I feel like that’s where I am and it’s really cool to experience that change.

Once you get a little bit more used to setting aside smaller chunks of time I think it’s great to work towards longer stretches of time that you can have to disconnect. For the most part my Sundays are the day where I do the things that bring me joy and it refreshes me for the week. Sometimes being in the same environment all the time can just automatically cause us to feel a little bit stifled without realizing it and it can be so amazing just get out. This is something that I have found tremendously helpful over the course of my life whether it’s dealing with stuff when I was a little kid getting in a fight with my parents or my friend or just being a grumpy little kid and as I got older and I started to experience bigger life events like losing my dad when I was 17 my automatic response was to get outside and just leave. It helped bring me inner peace even if it was only for a few seconds.

If you’re feeling like you just really need to get away I also love driving. I’ve done this whenever I just need a little bit of space to think and I want to be doing something but I don’t really want other people around I just want to be in my own encapsulated little world driving is the best thing for that. You can just listen to whatever music you want you can roll down the windows and just drive aimlessly. Just see what happens and let your mind free up a little bit.

All in all I think it really just comes down to this if you’re feeling pressured to have it all figured out by now, don’t. No matter what your age no matter what you’re doing we’re all trying to figure life out and we’re going to have better days and we’re going to have sucky days and for human beings at the end of the day that’s something that unites us all and should give us all a little bit of comfort because we’re all in this together.

The 4 Indicators You Don’t Have a Proper Work-Life Balance… Yet

I want to share with you four signs that your life is not in proper balance because if you’re not in balance, you won’t feel confident.

Not Feeling Productive

The first sign that your life is out of balance is if you’re not really being very productive. There’s a four letter word that I particularly hate and that is busy. It’s the worst word you could possibly use when you run your own business because busy doesn’t necessarily mean productive and often times when your life is out of balance you’re focusing all of your time and attention on all the wrong things and that’s what keeps you busy but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are actually achieving anything. When you’re more balanced then you tend to have more ability to prioritize and you get things done when the need to get done. If you find that you’re not being productive perhaps that’s a sign that you have to get more balance into your life.

Working Too Long

The second clue that your life might not be in balance when it comes to work in particular is that you tend to work longer and longer hours. You know what I’m talking about. I’m so guilty of doing this in the past and it’s something that I really try and work on. It’s related to the first point that if you are too busy and you’re not prioritizing properly and you’re not being productive then you have to play catch up so you have to spend more time at work to get the things done that you needed to get done. If you find that you are staying late at work late that’s probably a sign that your life is not in balance.

Increased Stress and Anxiety

The third sign that your life might not be in balance is an increase in stress and anxiety. It stands to reason if your life is not in balance you’re not being as productive as you should be you’re not prioritizing things properly you’re spending hours at work not getting anything done. No wonder you’re feeling stressed and anxious. Stress and anxiety is not conducive to your confidence. If you’re feeling stressed and anxious it probably means, you guessed it, you’re life is not in balance.

Increased Sick Days

The fourth clue that your life is not in balance is an increase in sick days. If your body is taking strain and you’re finding that you’re struggling to get out of bed you develop a cough you develop aches and pains you’re generally not feeling well. It’s no wonder if you’ve got all of this stress and anxiety you’re working really late into the night you’re not sleeping as much as you should you’re not being as productive as you possibly could. No wonder your body is going to start taking strain and we all know that when a body is not well then the rest of our lives doesn’t feel well either. And that is going to impact your confidence in a huge way.

If you’re suffering with any of those then focus on where the balance is off kilter in your life and start to put more energy and effort into those places where balance is lacking. I guarantee you when you have a more balanced life you’ll have more confidence.

Here’s some work life balance tips that helped me a lot last year.  Hopefully they help you, too!

6 Work Life Balance Tips for The New Year

As we go into the new year, it’s always good to get a refresher for new ways to maintain a healthy work life balance. Consider some of these ways to help you balance your business and personal life. We know we all could use some more tips!

Implement Systems

The first thing you guys have to do it order to establish a work life balance is to develop a system to support you to balance everything. Especially starting now, you guys need to start implementing system structures in your business to where you’re getting every single thing done in a timely manner and that you’re more productive instead of busy.

Some of you are very busy, but you’re not productive. You gotta be more productive in everything you do in your business. Productivity in how productive you are today versus how busy you are is an important distinction. Everybody’s busy.

You have to Get Moving

This is extremely extremely important okay now you have to get moving. Okay start early in the week with a goal of mind. I gotta figure out what is going to come over the holidays and help towards the business because around this time, 99% of us we slow down. We allow the the work life balance structure to be thought out the window. Around this time is an awesome opportunity now for you to engage with audiences even start growing your list. so that you do have people to market to come January.

Nip the time-wasting activities

Reduce the time wasters right now. How much time do you spend on surfing the internet rather than dominating the internet? How many of you guys spent more time surfing social media instead of dominating social media?

Manage Your Time

Nobody’s going to give your business the time– you have to do it. When you guys start to become serious about your business, everyone else will, too. When you start to become extremely serious now, now that would be the time you could double your business. You have to get laser focused. Focus so important.

Technology needs to be your best friend

You need to be using technology that you’re comfortable with using. The technology you use must also be within your budget. There are several things out there that’s cheap as $2 a month that you guys could implement in your business which is going to make it more automated. Technology is going to provide you more freedom to do other things so you can get out there and market more.

You already have a problem if you don’t use technology. You must harness your technology. If you’re not set up reminders or automation or if you’re not using social selling skills or even know how to online market to your target audience, you must learn much more this is for next year.

You’re going to dominate

People are becoming educated first before they would even consider buying something from you so that’s why a lot of people of social media influencers are now becoming more valuable. Taking and giving testimonials is definitely going to add thousands of dollars to your business over the next few years. Not looking at your website; not looking at how many friends you got all Facebook. People want more value.  Focus on what’s important and dominate your industry this year.

I hope this information is helpful for you guys because work life balance is hard.

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