Whether you're an entrepreneur, parent, student or business professional we all are effected by what I refer to as "Crazy Busy." We're all crazy busy with work, family, activities, careers and so forth. Most of us even work on the weekends with little to no time for family, let alone personal reflection. The lesson at church this past Sunday was focused on how to gain balance back in our lives. How to get out of the busy cycle and start taking control of our time, energy and stability.
Wouldn't it be nice if all of the U.S shut down midday on Fridays and allowed employees to go home early? Or what if we were all given the right to pause, take a nap and recharge our mental batteries. Well let me tell you there are several countries outside the U.S that honor such thinking. Let me highlight a few for you.
Most people are familiar with the concept of a siesta, a short nap usually connected to the lunch hour or early afternoon. The siesta is practiced in Portugal, Spain, the Philippines, Malta and much of Latin America.
A day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept (traditionally) by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday. In Israel the Sabbath is a way of life. You shut it down come Friday evening and spend the next day with friends and family. No work, no chores. Rather, quality time to yourself and those you love.
EXTENDED LUNCH BREAK
Why are we always rushing our lunch breaks? France and Greece are both known to take extended lunch breaks. They believe in savoring their food and not gulping it down. What better way to enjoy your lunch break than with friends and genuine conversation?
Man, do we in the U.S have it really backwards? Naps, the Sabbath and extended lunch breaks -- sign me up!
As a wife and business owner finding the live-work balance can be tough. I'm constantly looking for ways to streamline my procedure, discover new apps and software to expedite my process and help better plan the chaos that is life. The truth, however, is I do live in U.S., not abroad, so how can we apply this balanced restful mentality into my and your daily lives? Here are a few suggestions.
1. Make your bed EVERY morning - Studies show those who make their beds are generally more happy, more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well-rested. It starts with the little tasks.
2. Sit down and have a meal together - Whether you're a family of 2 or 10, sitting down and having a meal together promotes unity and fosters openness. Experts say that family meals tend to be healthier than those eaten alone and will reduce the risk of child obesity. Parents that eat with their children may also have more time to spend with them in general.
3. Plan your day the night before - Prep work will help you sleep better and allow your morning to start fresh and organized.
4. Track what you eat in a food journal - Those who track their daily meals and snacks tend to not overeat and are more health food conscious.
5. Business schedule - If you're a business owner schedule one day a week to focus on cleaning out your inbox, marketing, social media etc.
It's not easy to be stress free but applying these few principles is a great starting point. For further tools
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