Working from home can present a number of challenges, and it can become easy to be derailed out of what was a balanced life.
Since the beginning of 2020 the entire world swerved into an unknown direction. A major life event happened for most people and has had a major impact in all dimensions of life balance. Working from home may have impacted family relations, physical health, mental health, and our social lives. So how do we regain a balanced life?
If one dimension of life balance is effected, it can impact other areas in our life. The idea is to regain balance and nurture all areas that help stay in harmony physically, spiritually, socially, and mentally. Perhaps some of us feel like we are in "waiting" mode, expecting things to turn back to normal; however, not to say things will not turn back to normal, but more so when? Resonating in a constant state of "waiting" can create stress, pressure, fatigue, and anxiety, mostly due to all of today's uncertainty.
If working from home has become difficult consider making some environmental changes. Find a space that you are willing to work in and make that your sacred space, whether this is for school or career. When we have that sacred space to work from, it triggers a business mindset and allows us to compartmentalize our homely living space from our business space; this alone can reduce stress and increase productivity.
This major life event impacts us all mentally, you are not alone, we are all dealing with 2020 in our own unique way. As we close out the year, what are some changes that can be made to regain balance in the mental dimension? Turn off the television, perhaps replace that time with extracurricular activities, fishing season is coming soon, hiking, bring archery into your box of hobbies. I recently adopted a three year old dog, and training her has become an amazing hobby of mine. Get creative, write down all these things that you want to do and narrow it down to what you are willing to do. Don't become captive to your home.
It can be tough to maintain balance in the physical realm; however it can be done. Many small business gyms have changed their in person business model into a virtual program. They have become super creative in their approaches and provide possibly more than you would expect in person. Again, explore what works for you and begin to take action. Schedule your workout days on a calendar, make that your sacred time to get in that workout time. The fact is, when we are physically feeling better, we feel better in other areas of life balance. Click here to explore an amazing fitness program at OnyxxPerfomance.
In today's climate maintaining balance in the social dimension can be tough. You can make it happen, it is paramount to stay connected and interact with others. Although it is not the same as face to face, there are many virtual platforms to connect with people. Making a phone call and actually talking to someone verses texting makes a significant difference. Go for a coffee with a close friend, maybe go for a hike or even fishing when the time comes. We are social creatures, and it is more than necessary to have that energetic exchange with others.
Finally, in the spiritual dimension, being involved in your religion, community, or whatever enables you to connect to your higher moral power is equally important in life balance as the other dimensions stated above. When we connect to our higher moral power, we find an internal peace, and perhaps confirmation that we are and will be ok.
You can read more about the four dimensions of life balance in the book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Dr. Stephen Covey.
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