5 Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance Using Mindfulness and Meditation

Work plays a vital role in our lives. As adults, we tend to spend the majority of our time at our jobs. And not just time, but our precious minds pace too. Some of us get so caught up in our work that we miss out on cherishing the little things in our sphere.

How can we ensure that our time, energy, and attention is used in a balanced and effective manner? What is the best way to support ourselves in creating a sufficient work-life balance?

However, we must remember a fundamental premise. Before deciding to go for performance, analyze whether what you are doing is in harmony with your values. Ask yourself about the destination you want to reach. Where do you want to go?

The vital word in achieving excellence in our profession is “balance.” Both in our job and our personal lives, we must find that equilibrium where we are satisfied with our work.

Andreea Serban – life-work balance Coach

Caring about wellbeing and incorporating a few of these mindful ideas its an important support in achieving higher levels of harmony in personal and professional life. 

Each of us must take care of himself, of his soul, to be able to give his best to those with whom he interacts. If you do not take the first step and always expect others to come to you before you go towards them, where is progress, where is evolution? 

Mindfulness and meditation are known to provide the most sustainable support for balancing work and the other things in our life. Try these strategies to use mindfulness and meditation to help achieve a healthy work-life balance:

  1. Pay attention. It is hard to slow down and notice things in a busy world. Cultivating calmness, can make wiser decisions and work smarter instead of harder, it is essential to be calm and composed. This quality can improve through a simple practice of meditation. 
    • Start with at least 10 minutes of this practice, if performed consistently, can make a significant difference in the way we do things at our homes and offices. 
    • Being calm enables us to obtain confidence and to develop trust within ourselves, others, and the world in general. 
    • This powerful resource serves us in making better choices about how we spend our time, energy, and attention, leading to better work-life balance. 
  1. The controlled mind lives in the moment. Try to bring an open, accepting, and discerning attention to everything you do. Find joy in simple actions being present. It is good to pay attention to the body, but also it is essential to take care of the mind. Otherwise, we will end up living a life where the mind is in control of our lives instead of the other way around. 

 – Invest in creating the right mindset for being aligned with goals and values. That allows us to create desirable circumstances and to place them into a balance that works for the best. Mindset improves through a daily practice through mindfulness and meditation, which requires time and dedication. 

  1. Love and acceptance. Take care of the way would treat a good friend. Dare to express needs kindly. A significant part of our frustration, stress, and suffering in life comes from our unmet needs. When we work too much, or too little, we can end up neglecting our wellbeing. Greater awareness of our needs brings a better balance and more satisfaction in our lives.
    • Be aware of unmet needs, do experience at the workplace, and eventually hire a coach that life coach that can help along the way. Be honest and check the current state of wellbeing from 1-10 (1 being poor. 10 excellent)? What can we do to make it a 10? 
    • When we are balanced, and we can meet the needs of body, mind, and spirit, the energy levels rise, and vitality increases so we can start living in tune with our values, principles, and purpose. 
  1. Focus on breathing. When negative thoughts arise, try to sit down, take a deep breath, and close your eyes. Focus on the breath as it moves in and out of the body. Sitting and breathing for even just a minute can help to respond instead of reacting.
    • There is a vast difference between the two. Reacting is on autopilot when we are disconnected, letting emotions control what we say or do next. Responding, on the other hand, presents a conscious and constructive action that promotes resolutions of conflicts.
    • To respond means to be in control of thoughts and behaviors. Breathing is the best finned in those situations and helps to be in charge of life, increasing a healthy work-life balance. 
  1. Build your energy Our work, friends, partners, and kids all need our care, energy, and attention. From where does this energy come? How can we keep on giving? Meditation is one way that can help to unplug from the daily stress and to recharge the soul battery. Also, think about what increases happiness and take time to self-care, engaging in pleasurable activities that renew your energy and restore the spirit.
    • Body scan meditation. Lie on back with the legs extended and arms at the sides, palms facing up. Focus the attention slowly on each part of the body from toe to head or head to toe. Be aware of any sensations, emotions, or thoughts associated with each part of the body and do not try to change anything, be. 
    • Sitting meditation. Sit comfortably with the back straight, feet flat on the floor and hands in lap. Breathing through the nose and focusing on the breath moving in and out of the body. If physical sensations or thoughts interrupt the meditation, note the experience and then return the focus to the breath.

Loving what we do, and feeling much better, time will be our friend, and the satisfaction of contribution will fill our life with joy.

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Andreea Serban - life-work balance Coach, Beverly Hills Bar Association

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By | 2020-01-15T10:38:04-07:00 January 14th, 2020|Member Articles|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance Using Mindfulness and Meditation