Get Smart! will teach you about your unique stressors, coping strategies, and challenges to managing stress in the modern world. Learn ways to balance your personal and professional lives to experience more fulfillment.
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Get Smart! About Modern Stress Management will empower you to stop and look at your life to decide how you can bring more balance to it.
Get Smart! About
raising your awareness
stress in the modern-world
your unique stressors and coping strategies
how to avoid burn-out
the 7 steps to living a balanced life
Get Smart! is written in an interactive format with inspirational quotes, journal assignments, and self assessment exercises designed to enhance your reading and learning experience.
What is Life Balance?
Oprah Winfrey has been quoted as saying, “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” This quote provides a good idea of balance, in that it is something you have got to consciously choose. Balance could be defined as having a strong personal foundation, an appropriate level of stimulation in each life area, and knowing your limits. To be balanced, practice moderation, do what is good for you, and abstain from what is not good for you. Being balanced does imply making conscious choices and having more control over your life. Alan Loy McGinnis, in his book, The Balanced Life, says, “I have discovered that highly effective people are not so much brilliant as they are balanced.” In other words, balanced people are not workaholics.
Balanced people do not buy into the myth of “having it all.” In fact, they realize that to find their unique balance, some things will have to be sacrificed at one time or another. They invest equal energy to both work and family. Balanced people do not let areas of their life negatively impact the other parts of their life. Obviously you cannot equally honor family and career if one or the other is consuming too much of your time and energy. Balance, by the way, is ever-changing. As your personal needs, wants, and desires change, your sense of what is important changes, and thus you make appropriate life changes. If you were to stand on one foot, you would be balanced for a few minutes, maybe longer, but eventually, you would find the need to shift to the other foot, to again find your balance. Balance is not a definitive destination. It is an ongoing adjustment process that you will experience throughout your life.
The ancient philosopher, Euripides said, “The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.” To achieve balance, holistically integrate mind, body, and spirit. Your mind is linked with your ego, which gets you off-track time and again. The body does what the mind tells it to do. If you have an emotionally charged picture in your mind, your body and emotions respond. You can learn to synchronize your thoughts, feelings, and actions into healthier directions.