Unless you work in a gym, most jobs don’t give us the opportunities for a healthy balance of work and personal time. With the limited amount of time that you have, it’s more than likely that it used with family, friends, or glued to our couches watching Netflix. Working too much without a proper balance of “me time” can lead to stress, or burnout. If you become overstressed it will affect your health, efficiency, sociability, and makes you a difficult person to work with.
More than ever, we as Americans are taking even less time off, and spending more time at the desk. According to the US Travel Association, in 2013 alone, employees in the US didn’t use nearly 169 million days of paid time, totaling $52.4 billion in lost benefits. We have a false cultural stigma that shows the busier you are, the more successful you are, although these are not mutually exclusive components.
Even after reading this article, your job may not allow you to make any drastic changes unless you insist that health has become a driver of change. If this is the case, we included (below) in this article some opportunities to form habits that give incredible benefits to your mind, body, and soul. In totality, imagine if you gave yourself only one extra hour in the day, dedicated to yourself. These tasks not only strengthen you, but can help you in high-level decision-making, and interpersonal perspective.
(1) Practicing mindfulness, or being aware of your current state is incredibly important in your pursuit of finding an efficient balance of work, and personal time. According to UC Berkeley, mindfulness involved acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
(2) Your body is a wonderland, negative side-effects and we should treat it that way. Sitting at a desk for 4-5 hours daily has that effect other important aspects of your life. If you haven’t started incorporating physical activity into your daily regimen, you should. The list of benefits from being active goes on for days, and can give you short and long-term benefits when it comes to all aspects of your life.
(3) The “soul” is a complex topic of discussion, but in this case we are referring to the process of cleansing internally, and externally. Perhaps your closet needs to be purged, this is an immediate course of action that provides a lot of mental, and emotional benefit. You can now visibly see that your closer isn’t as full, which gives your mind the feeling that there is more space. If you are feeling generous you can package the clothes and drop them off at your nearest Goodwill, which helps us feel good, especially when we are helping others. Lastly, and most importantly, you are teaching yourself to let things go. Holding on to certain items can give us false impressions of their real value. In more cases that branded article of clothing is the same price as the non-branded, generic version. The creation process was also quite similar, so determining what you value, and how you do it is solely based on what your mind perceived it to be.
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