We all have one life to live! We all have the same 24 hours in each day, and we need to make the most of those hours and our lives. Can we separate our personal and professional lives? Can we have balance?
In B is for Balance, 12 steps toward a more balanced life at home and at work, 2nd edition, we answered that question. We did it so well that the book was awarded 1st Place in Consumer Health by the American Journal of Nursing in 2015. Now, we offer a workbook to guide the reader to an awareness of what is needed to create, and sustain balance! This is The Road to Stress Management.
This is it…the ultimate workbook to accompany the award-winning book – with a Stress Management Thought at the end of each chapter. Available next week at http:/smwgroupllc.com and http:/sharonmweinstein.com
As an employee, perhaps you punched a timeclock, participated in huddles, followed a routine, listened to/or gave orders, and assumed that the outcomes would be great. Unless you were a director, you probably were not concerned about the bottom line. And, perhaps as a new employee, you waited to be told what to do next. Unlike employees who work for others, you are now an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are in charge of their successes and failures. As an entrepreneur, it’s time to shift that mindset because regardless of the type of business you are in, you are the boss/the CEO/the brand. Ask Sharon about the 7 simple steps that can shift your mindset and ensure your success.
During the thirty-five plus years that I have devoted to being a nurse, I have interviewed many older adults (over the age of 65) about what has brought meaning and purpose to their lives. The specialty of home health nursing gave me the time and experience I needed to research this topic. Combining their wisdom with my studies in the fields of adult development and counseling psychology as a nurse practitioner, I offer my findings in this chapter. I would ask the question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?”
Recurrent themes were woven throughout all of the interviews. Many patients suggested that they would be more relaxed in order to avoid stress as well as take better holistic care of themselves, attending to their bodies, minds, and spirits. Self-reflection was another important theme as was their emphasis on building relationships and developing positive memories from their lives.
After asking my elderly patients these reflective questions over the years, I concluded that purpose naturally resides within each person’s soul. I observed that all people have a desire to contribute in life, but sometimes get lost along the way. Every one of us wants to leave footprints and feel that our lives have made an impact on the world.
I have found that life purpose is not simply our work lives, but a combination of all aspects of our lives that makes them fulfilling. Life purpose is what gives meaning to our lives and a reason why we are here on earth. Each individual life has a natural reason for being. From birth to death, each of us is on a quest to discover that reason. Many never do, yet our world is incomplete until each person discovers their own divine purpose.
Some questions you may ask yourself while getting in touch with your life purpose are: What gives your life meaning; what do you notice as the main themes in your life, and what is your contribution meant to be during your lifetime? In short, it is time to define and describe your life’s purpose!
The author has consulted with global organizations to create respite centers within healthcare settings. Today’s work environment mandates providing respite centers in all industries.
A Hospital-Based Respite Center
Stress is overwhelming, and workplace stress has become a ‘given.’ We can overcome that stress by creating an internal respite center whose goal is to provide a safe, calm place in which nurses can regain momentum, renew spirit, and refresh themselves. I’ve had the privilege of creating such centers in global locations; these are possible amenities:
- Eye masks for dimming light
- Healthy snacks
- Healthy choices
- Workout area including adjacent paths and exercise room on-site
- Adjustable heating and ventilation
- Noise levels controlled
- Room size approximately 30 x 30
- 4 comfortable chairs with ottomans or recliners
- Massage tables
- Filtered water system
- Control of lighting
- Dark room as needed
- Safe setting
- Showers nearby
- Consistent recognition and rewards for success
- Attention, praise, and rewards are given for wellness achievements
- Values placed on wellness
- Values on lifestyle improvements/enhancements
- PTO for achieving success
- Wellness mentors/mentees
- Peer modeling
- Managers model healthy behaviors
- Walk the walk and talk the talk
- Weight management
- Weight watchers on-site
- Ongoing health promotion
- Orientation for new students/staff
- Participation 100%
- Health calendar emphasis (national health holidays, i.e., diabetes, vision, heart, cancer)
- Benefits of good health
- Ease of access
- Lifestyle changes
For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Life Balance…it is what we do and who we are!
Achieving balance in your life can bring you amazing rewards. You can expect some or all of the following changes and improvements in your life as you move into balance:
- Improved health, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Better sleep habits
- Less stress and more happiness
- More energy
- Improved quality of life
- Better relationships
- Improved concentration
- More free time
- Potentially longer lifespan
- Sustainable health
- Simplicity in your life
Balance is an idea whose time has come and while you cannot use a device to program balance into your life, it is within reach. The exercises in B is for Balance, 2nd edition are not difficult. The difficulty lies in the commitment it takes to retake control of your life. Give B is for Balance this holiday season and help yourself, and others to begin the journey toward balance. The rewards are yours for the asking!
I had the privilege of presenting The Wages of Stress to attendees at the SpinCon2016 meeting in Fort Lauderdale on Monday! What an incredible learning audience; these were seasoned professional meeting planners whose jobs exude stress. They were especially interested in the price we pay for stress…the price of relationships, family, job, productivity, sleep, and overall health.
What is the dollar value of your stress, and is it worth it? Are you sacrificing quality time with family and friends due to work? Are you sacrificing relationships and your own health due to your commitments? Is your ‘to-do’ list overwhelming, and can it be converted into a ‘must-do’ list?
Don’t fall victim to stress; don’t let it become a fact of life for you! Don’t lose sleep and become fatigued due to stress. You will recognize fatigue; the most common effects associated with fatigue are-
- Lack of concentration
- Impaired recall
- Poor judgment
- Reduced ability to communicate with others
- Reduced fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
- Reduced visual perception
- Slower response times
Have I just described you, and how you are feeling? If yes, seek support…slow down…enjoy life to the fullest, and stress less! Thanks, SpinCon attendees, for the opportunity to share with you; I know that you know the triggers, and how to control them!
I recently had the privilege of presenting “The Fortune is in the Follow-Up” to attendees at the National Nurses in Business Association annual convention in Las Vegas. Participants included nurse business owners as well as aspiring business owners, and each of them collected cards, names, and contacts.
Chances are that you, too, make contacts at various professional meetings. Chances are that they are stacked on your desk, or in a basket, awaiting some sort of follow-up.
How would you like to capture repeat and referral business? From calling on former customers to checking in on new leads, it’s critical to stay in touch with people on a regular basis. Yes, there are ways to keep in touch without becoming a pest, or that dreaded caller. Weinstein started to build her speaking fortune when she realized the value of the follow-up. Did you know that the simple act of following up and consistently staying in touch with clients, prospects and referral sources will improve sales performance, increase client retention and create loyalty? In my session, I identified why we struggle with your follow-up practices and how to develop strategies to improve follow-up right now. The fortune is in the follow-up; it’s high time to learn how to reap those rewards! To learn more, contact me via twitter or email (@bisforbalance)