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There is no work/life balance – there’s just balance

I think every company and every one of us can relate to the idea of work/life balance. Companies promote how important work/life balance is for their organization, and many of us want to understand what this looks like when evaluating potential employers.

Do they walk the walk or just talk the talk?

With varying perspectives on how balance should look like, I’ve been asked this question plenty of times throughout my career.  One thing I believe we can all relate to is trying to strike a balance no matter where you are in your life and what company you work for.

Life experience has led me to learn there is no work/life balance – there’s just balance, and we only have ONE life – not a personal life and a work life. Balance is created within us and it’s up to us to create it.  It’s not something created by a workplace although they can offer an environment and benefits to help support it.

As a go-getter and someone who likes to move at the speed of light throughout my life, let alone work, this was a hard lesson to appreciate.

The truth is, we’ve created a culture in our society where we’ve prioritized the “hustle and bustle” of life and sacrificed ourselves (and perhaps our personal lives) along the way.  We’ve neglected the importance of taking pause, slowing down and understanding true self care.

Understandably, there’s times in our lives we’re bound to fall out of balance depending on what’s happening.  It would be unrealistic to expect living in perfect balance yet day to day, there are things you can do to prioritize yourself first. 

The outcome would be when you ARE at work and facing the deadlines and demands of responsibilities that seem to never end, you’re showing up as the whole you vs. a burnt out or exhausted version of yourself.  Also known as unbalanced you.

As such, when life throws you challenges and can sometimes be in flux, knowing what you can do to bring yourself back to a state of balance is key.

A few personal recommendations to consider and apply today:

Meditation – I start my day with a morning meditation and journaling. It helps set my intentions for the day and start my day with a clear mind. I realize we may not all have the luxury of an hour of time to spare but even 5 – 10 min. can make a difference. If you have that much time to check Instagram or Facebook – you can meditate and quiet your mind!

Schedule walks in your day – even for 5 min. Everyone has 5 min! Going out to buy your lunch or coffee doesn’t count. 🙂 Stepping away from your desk and going for a walk (without your phone) will do wonders to help break up your day. Remember to schedule it – just like you would a meeting or call. Make it real and don’t just think about doing it, plan for it.

Move your body – working out, running or simply walking if hitting the gym is not your thing helps to reduce stress and decompress. Not to mention it’s good for you! If you love playing sports, even better.

Read – exercise your mind. We read emails everyday and are consumed by social media, catching up on the score from last nights Jay’s game, etc. Pick an actual book and read something that feeds your mind and nourishes your soul.

Make time for travel – I love to travel and try to make time to go away at least twice a year (not including weekend getaways). It’s vital to break away from our daily routine at home and take in new scenery, cultures and sites. If a big trip isn’t in the cards for you – give yourself at least a weekend where you can visit somewhere local. A cottage up north, a spa perhaps where you can stay overnight. The idea is to go somewhere that takes you away from home, recharges your battery’s and allows you to come back refreshed and rejuvenated.

These are just a few things that I do regularly and have catered to maintaining a sense of balance. I’m always experimenting with what I can do to add to these activities.  Find what works for you and remember, you don’t need to make life altering changes to find balance.

Even minor adjustments to your day doing any of these things is a start. Once you start looking at how you’re spending your day, you can decide what changes you’re willing to make and start doing things that actually matter and invest in your well being.

I’d love to hear from you! How do you find balance in your busy life?

If you’re struggling with this like so many others, what are a few things you can incorporate into your daily routine that can help you find balance?

With so much appreciation,
Lisa ♥


Lisa De Nicola

Lisa De Nicola is an Intuitive Leadership Coach and a Corporate Magic Maker (a Trusted Advisor who believes in Magic) dedicated to helping businesses bring out the essence of their biggest resource - their people. She coaches bold leaders to help them become the Director of their life so they can do business and life on their terms. With 15 + years of corporate experience working in the world of talent for multi-national, global organizations, Lisa shares her knowledge, spiritual tools, practices and business insights to leaders looking to transform the way they lead from the inside out.

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