Hello October……

As we step into October, winter is certainly around the corner.  Looking around, you can certainly see the changes taking place, what with the trees which are now starting to shed their beautifully coloured leaves, the weather turning colder and the days getting a little shorter.

This first week in October sees us celebrate ‘National Work Life Week’, which gives an opportunity for Employers and Employees to focus on ‘well-being’ in the workplace and the importance of ‘work-life’ balance for everyone.  This isn’t necessarily focused on being in the ‘formal work-place’ , it can also mean getting the right balance in your home-office, as well as managing and multi-tasking family and home activities which are just as important to any parent (the boss)!

Help get the balance right.

Here are some useful ways to bring in more balance, to create the ‘Work Life Fusion’ where ever you may be, where ever you may work, where ever you may play!

– Eat well and eat balanced: mix up some delicious fruits & veggies to dip in hummus or yoghurt for that mid-morning/afternoon snack
Get up and move at least for 1 minute every hour, even if it is to the toilet and back, or simply to the kitchen to drink a glass of water and back (this will aid you into drinking at least the recommended 8 glasses of water a day)
The classic:  use the stairs not lift where possible
Meditate: allocate some time to switch off, if only for 1 minute every hour, to move focus away from the ‘doing’ to simply ‘being
Plan:  planning and being prepared when it comes to food is vital.  Decide what foods you can cook up for yourself/family. Create delicious, creative dishes that don’t need to take more than 30 minutes to make.  If you can do this weekly, this will not only help you to plan your weekly shopping list, it will save you time (and money) when it comes to actually knowing what to cook and with what ingredients, because you will have everything to hand
–  Ensure you stop work on time.  Set your alarm at least 30 minutes before the time you need to finish work, when it rings (set the alarm again for 30 minutes time), start to pack up your desk, make your final list for things that need to be done/picked up the following day, pack up and leave your working area in a tidy fashion and once the second alarm rings, get up and step away.  By being organised, this helps you to stop thinking about work later in the day as you have dealt with matters at hand and made a list so you don’t forget what needs to be done the next day
– Make sure that you allocate some ‘you’ time away from the family/work. It is important that you make time to do something you love, fulfil a hobby. Some ideas can be: painting, writing a short story, journal, watch a funny comedy, meditate with nice music and candles, have a bath, go for a long walk in nature.