Creating Harmony Between Work And Home Life
The connection between your work and home life is extremely strong even if it’s almost invisible. Have you ever had a day when you just couldn’t do your best at work because you had some family issues at home?
Or maybe your gym workout wasn’t as good as it normally is because you had a quarrel with your spouse?
We’ve all had times where our emotions affect our work performance… and the reverse holds true too. Work problems can show up as squabbles in the family life too.
We’re not like airtight submarine ballast tanks that operate independently and function normally by shutting out different parts of the tanks if there are leaks.
Human beings are much more complex. Our work life and home life merge in a multitude of ways. The best way to ensure that we are performing optimally will be to harmonize our work and home lives.
Watch Your Diet
You are what you eat. If your diet is high in processed foods and you’re burning the candle at both ends by guzzling caffeinated products constantly, you’ll not be feeling your best.
Good health leads to better work performance and a clean and nutritious diet is crucial to ensuring you are getting all the nutrients you eat. What you eat is just as important as what you do not eat.
It’s easy to let your diet slide and grab whatever food is most convenient rather than what’s best for your health. In many cases, our jobs are sedentary.
This leads to creeping weight gain and before we know it, we’re overweight or obese. This leads to a lack of energy, lower concentration and higher stress.
By cleaning up your diet and eating what’s right for you, you’ll indirectly elevate your work performance to the next level.
Relationships Must Not Be Sour
Avoid arguing or fighting with your spouse constantly. Strife in the home is a vexation to the spirit and it’s difficult to give your best at work when you’re replaying the tense scenarios at home and reliving the negative energy that comes from these types of situations.
Aim for consensus rather than conflict. Communicate with your spouse and family often to ensure that everyone is on the same page. There’ll be fewer occasions where people in the household butt heads.
You’ll have more peace of mind and be happy at the work place, even if you’re working from home.
Late nights can lead to groggy mornings. Sometimes we feel a need to stay up late so that we squeeze in as much life as possible into our day. There’s even a slang for it these days – FOMO, which stands for fear of missing out.
We want to do more work, binge watch as many Netflix shows as we can, party hard and so on – and we want to do it all at once. When you’re young, this is possible.
As you get older, one late night at a pub might leave you feeling groggy for two days. So, it’s best to err on the side of caution and not overdo things.
Go to bed earlier so that you wake up feeling refreshed. You’ll be ready to give your best at work when you’ve had a good night’s rest.
It goes without saying that negative habits such as alcohol, smoking, etc. can take a toll on your health. Other addictions such as gambling, addiction to pornography, etc. can lead to disastrous consequences at home, which in turn will affect your work adversely.
So, keep an eye on the activities in your life that may come back to bite you. Once you lead a clean lifestyle, you’ll find that there’s harmony at work and at home.
While challenges may crop up, they will be fewer and far between… and much more manageable. This is a good place to be.
Gratitude At Work And Home Provides Peace And Acceptance
There’s a saying that gratitude is the best medicine because it heals your mind, body and spirit and attracts more things in your life to be grateful for.
When you have an attitude of gratitude, it’s almost impossible to be unhappy and discontented. The problem that most people face is that they want to be grateful, but life just gets in the way.
If they have a job and their boss is unreasonable, they hate their job instead of being grateful for being employed. If they’re in good health, they may dislike being a few pounds overweight.
If they’re earning three thousand dollars a month, they envy their neighbor, Bill, who makes 10 thousand dollars a month. It never ends.
Here’s what most people don’t understand – you can be grateful for what you have without forcing yourself to like your current situation.
You may hate your job, but you can be grateful that you have a source of income to pay your bills and put food on the table. Now go ahead and look for a better job.
The same applies to everything else. You don’t have to like the way things are, but you have to accept them and look for the silver lining in the dark clouds.
There are a few ways you can do this.
Mindfulness helps you live in the moment. If your work at home business isn’t thriving as well as you had hoped, be mindful that you’re at home in comfort.
You don’t need to put up with a daily crowded commute. You’re still making money and that’s good. Now ask yourself what else you could be doing to take your income to the next level.
Be mindful at all times and watch your thoughts. Every single time a negative thought creeps in, replace it with something you’re grateful for. This one habit alone can be a life-changing one.
Keep A Gratitude Journal
One excellent way to establish gratitude as a habit will be to keep a gratitude journal. Many successful people write down three things that they’re grateful for every single day.
This action helps you focus on what is good in your life. It aligns your thinking towards positivity. This is crucial to having a healthy and happy mindset.
An attitude of negativity will only make things worse and your constant setbacks and bad luck will be a self-fulfilling prophecy that only keeps you in a hellish prison of your own mind.
Keep a gratitude journal. It’s a key to a kingdom of riches that await you.
Be Grateful For Your Challenges
Even when times are challenging, seek to find something to be grateful for. You’ve just started a new exercise regimen to lose weight and your legs ache?
That’s fine. At least you have a pair of legs that work. It’s just a matter of time till they get stronger. See… this simple shift in thinking motivates you to do better rather than hate yourself for letting your health slide.
Here’s a hard truth – there will ALWAYS be people worse off than you. It could be financial worries, emotional turbulence, health issues, etc. We’re all fighting our own battles, but some definitely have it harder than others.
By lending an ear to those in need and doing what you can to help them, you’ll feel empowered and happy that you were able to assist someone else. There’s immeasurable power in helping your fellow man.
It not only helps them, but it helps you too. You’re never be totally broken, if you are able to help someone else… and if you can help them, you can help you.
And this knowledge will keep you going even when times are bad.
The pointers above are just the tip of the iceberg. Many books have been written on the power of gratitude and there are so many practices from journaling to yoga intentions to much more where gratitude is used to elevate you to the next level.
Do your research and make gratitude at work and at home a part of your life.
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