Work-Life Balance and Stress Management
Dr. Serena Reep shows you how to create work-life balance, reduce stress, and increase personal and professional performance. Dr. Reep is an award-winning author of two books: Success Secret and Change Agents.Read her work-life balance article in Huffington Post. View her YouTube videos on work-life balance. Meet Dr. Reep on her Facebook page: Balancing work and life.
Studies have shown time and again how stress has decreased our quality of life and increased our chances of disease and ill-health, yet few of us actually make conscious effort to avoid stress. We live in such stressful times that we seem to have become accustomed to it. Next time you experience some level of stress, examine if that was caused by unavoidable circumstances or something you could have done to reduce or prevent it. We hear it said many times: “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it is ALL small stuff anyway”. We nod in agreement but don’t really practice it. We need to be aware that the consequences of stress are far more negative than the immediate benefits of what we stress about.
For example, a wife stresses over her husband using too much dish washing liquid when he does the dishes. Instead, if she is thankful that he volunteered to do the dishes, she is less stressed. She is in a better position to appreciate him and he will in turn be more willing to do other chores. Their marriage will be better for it too. The few pennies saved by being economical with the dish washing liquid does not compare to the incredible damage that increased levels of cortisol do to her health. And, there is no way you can put a value on a happy marriage and a husband who is more willing to do chores around the house.