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

Work plays an important 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 mindspace too.

Some of us get so caught up in our work that we miss out on cherishing the little things in our personal 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 an effective work-life balance?

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 you achieve a healthy work-life balance:

1. Cultivate calmness and tranquility.

In order to make wiser decisions and work smarter instead of harder, it's important to be calm and composed. This quality can be cultivated through a simple practice of meditation.

* At least 15 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.

* What makes you lose your calm? What kind of consequences are you facing when you make decisions that are rushed and made under the influence of stress? What can you do to cultivate more inner peace at work? And at your home?

2. Become a master of your mind.

We tend to pay more attention to taking care of our bodies than our minds. In fact, we often take our mind for granted.

The result is that we end up living a life where the mind is in control of our lives instead of the other way around.

What we experience as life is basically just a creation of our minds. Even though it may seem that our destiny depends on external circumstances, the truth is that the way we perceive those circumstances determines our experience.

Being a master of your mind allows you to create your own desirable circumstances and to place them into a balance that works for you.

Mind mastery can be achieved through a daily mindfulness and meditation practice, which costs nothing except some time and dedication.

3. Observe and express your needs.

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.

What unmet needs do you experience at your workplace? What can you do about meeting them?

What is your current state of wellbeing from 1-10 (1 being poor. 10 excellent)? What can you do to make it a 10?

When you're balanced and can meet the needs of your body, mind, and spirit, your energy levels rise and vitality increases, so you can start living in tune with your values, principles, and purpose.

4. Respond instead of react.

The highest level of mastery over mind can be seen as an ability to respond instead of react.

There's a huge difference between the two. Reacting is like being on autopilot, letting your emotions control what you say or do next.

Responding, on the other hand, presents a conscious, calm, and constructive action that promotes resolutions of conflicts.

To respond means to be in control of your own thoughts and behaviors. It helps you to be in charge of your life and supports you to set and stick to your priorities, such as a healthy work-life balance.

An ability to respond requires you to be present in the moment as much as possible. There are many online resources on mindfulness and meditation that can support you in embracing the power of now.

5. Save some time for self-care.

Our work, friends, partners, and kids all need our care, energy, and attention. But where does this energy come from? How can we keep on giving?

If you want to be there for others in a healthy and sustainable way, it's crucial for you to save some time for self-care: to slow down, relax, and engage in pleasurable activities that renew your energy and restore your spirit.

'Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.' - Parker J. Palmer

Caring about your wellbeing and incorporating a few of these mindful ideas can support you in achieving greater levels of harmony in your personal and professional life.

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Ways to Enhance Your Brain Right Now

As you age, your brain ages just like every other part of your body. While a loss of your long jumping abilities might be a little depressing, it's far more depressing to lose your mental functions.

The best defense is a good offense. There are many things you can do to enhance your brain's abilities.

The further you can increase your mental capacities, the longer you'll be able to enjoy good brain health and functioning.

There's no time like today to get started. Pick a few of these strategies and begin enhancing your brain today!

You can enhance your brain in simple and enjoyable ways, like these:

1. Sleep!

Nothing does more for your memory, motor skills, and cognitive skills in general than a good night of sleep.

Strive for at least seven hours of sleep each night. Go to bed at a regular time and keep your room dark and quiet.

2. Experiment with your diet.

Your diet can have a significant effect on your mental faculties. Cut back on milk products, gluten, processed meats, and artificial colors and flavors.

Eliminate all processed foods and see how you feel.

3. Do mental puzzles.

These can include crossword puzzles, word scrambles, Sudoku, chess, or any other type of mental exercise. You could even do math problems.

Give your brain a workout each day. You can even do this while watching TV at night.

4. Learn something new.

You could learn a language or how to play the banjo. Maybe you want to learn how to paint portraits or rebuild a Chevy V8. Your brain actually changes structure when you learn.

Keep your brain's neuroplasticity in tip-top shape by challenging it regularly.

5. Listen to music.

There is some research that supports the idea that listening to classical music increases certain types of intelligence.

Enjoy yourself by listening to music while boosting your mental capabilities.

6. Exercise.

Exercise strengthens nerve cells by a variety of mechanisms. It also improves blood flow to the brain.

Studies show that animals that are exercised learn up to twice as fast. Do a variety of exercises.

The key is to get your blood flowing and to enjoy the process enough that you'll do it consistently.

7. Be social.

Studies show that social seniors have significantly better brain function than those that are less socially active.

Social activities provide a different type of stimulation that does your brain good. Get out of the house and mingle with others.

Aging is inevitable, but you can get ahead of the curve and enhance your brain function today. Fortunately, many of the most effective strategies are also enjoyable!

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