Who is happy? He who has a healthy body, a resourceful mind and a docile nature – Thales of Miletus.
Work life balance is hard, elusive and fragile. Achieving the perfect balance between our personal and professional lives is one of the biggest 21st century challenges we face. Often this concept involves so many different aspects, people, even our subconscious and unconscious minds, that can we can be left feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, understandably upset.
Tired of juggling duties and pleasures? Can’t remember the last time you find proper time for yourself? Look no [...]
By definition, work-life balance is essential in creating both a fulfilling personal life and a successful professional life. One American survey shows that during work hours 42% of employees take care of personal and family needs, and 60% respond to personal communications. On the other hand, 48% respond to work-related communications during their personal time at home and 25% work during vacations (American Psychological Association, 2015).
Needless to say that if we dealt exclusively with work matters in the office and personal matters at home life would be easier. But that’s simply [...]
Today I’d like to share with you two stories of some of my dearest clients. Their names have been changed to protect their privacy, but read their stories and see whether they resonate with you.Banking Burnout
The first story is about Steve, Managing Director of Sales in the Sydney office of a global investment bank. Late 40s, 2 kids, over 15 years married to his college sweetheart, and a quite brilliant banking career covering 3 continents, Steven was struggling with stress so much that he was experiencing anxiety attacks, both at the home and in the office. During the weekend he [...]
When the pressure of stress is too hard to handle, our body and unconscious mind are desperately looking for a way out. Coping mechanisms help us to make it through a long day or a rough period. But when we’re sucked into a spiral of anxiety and stress it can be tough to create healthy behaviours. We’re all human, and sometimes the easiest way looks the most appealing, so don’t judge yourself if you recognise some of your coping mechanisms in the list below. Acknowledge and accept the problem, I have a solution for you!
What are the most common but unhealthy ways to cope with[...]
More than half of the world population live in cities and urbanisation shows no sign of slowing. City living can be tremendously exciting and full of stimulus - art exhibitions, restaurants and global cuisines, theatre openings, you name it! And needless to say, career opportunities are greater, shopping is greater and transportation is easier too. I’ve lived in cities for more than 90% of my life, and I’d also highlight that urban life is not all fun and games. In fact, City slickers are 21% more likely to have anxiety disorders and 39% more likely to have mood disorders [...]
Stress is the natural response of the body to danger and has been a critical factor in the survival of our human species. Yet today, stress has become one of the worst plagues of our times.
The World Health Organization claims stress has become a “World Wide Epidemic.”
In 2017, 75% of Americans experienced at least one symptom of stress (American Psychology Association, 2017). So, if you’ve been feeling extremely tense and preoccupied lately, know that you’re not alone.
How does stress work?
During a perceived threat our Amygdala - located in the back brain and [...]
Happiness is being in bed with my lover, riding my bike, sports, happy times with my friends, conversation, learning, the earth, dirt, family with wine and glorious food and happy tidings and energy and zest and lust for life – Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves has been riding the streets of Hollywood for quite some time, but his fame and success didn’t scratch his values and integrity. Many showbiz personalities are often in the press for less noble reasons, but not Keanu.
Born in 1964 in Beirut, son of an English costume designer and a Hawaiian native, Keanu has Chinese, Hawaiian, [...]
In the endless dance of opinions, how do you follow what is right? Being right is controversial. What you or I might consider to be right may not agree with someone else beliefs. So, we may consider what is right for us, not in an absolute or intangible way.
But how do we determine what is right for us? Sticking to our values! Our system of values is our core nest, the building where we can welcome our true self and let it live comfortably.
In terms of putting our Values into Action to Transform our Life, I like to think of 3 Key Steps:
Values, Commitments, Behaviours.VALUES
Every building [...]
How many times have you been berated by your parents or reprimanded by your boss? How often have you been told “My generation knows better!” or “I have more experience?” But at the same time, we think – “NO! in fact me and my peers know way better than you, dinosaur!”
Understanding how different generations think and behave can be fundamental to bring some stability and harmony in your working place and home. Getting clear on intergenerational differences in values can be truly unifying.
We generally talk of a different generation every 30 years. In [...]
Our values define our life: our choices, our actions, our behaviours. Our values and beliefs determine the life we decide to conduct, the people we surround ourselves with, and the environment we create - at home and in the office.
As adults we spend most of our waking time at work, so making sure your job is aligned with your values and vice versa is fundamental for your well-being and happiness. More than that, when you listen to your values, work-life balance isn’t such a mysterious creature after all!
Let’s look how your values impact your working life and workplace [...]