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Manage Stress Through Life Balance by Emily Klever

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- Emily Klever -

I’m a Life Balance Coach, which means I help my clients create and maintain balance in all areas of life. One of the first goals we typically work toward is creating work-life balance.

Work-life balance is something that sounds great in theory but can be difficult to implement. Why? Because life isn’t linear. It’s more like a tangled, unpredictable web of moving deadlines, shifting schedules, and last-minute changes. You may have a well thought out weekly schedule on paper, but when you add the dimension of real life, even your best laid plans can fall to the wayside.

How do you know if you have work-life balance? If you have work-life balance, you have healthy, sustainable practices that guide the work and non-work aspects of your life which afford you the opportunity to accomplish tasks, manage your responsibilities and have time and energy for self-care and relationships. Does this describe your life? If so, congratulations! You’re an expert. For the rest of us, let's keep reading...

What are the key ingredients of work-life balance? The key ingredients of work-life balance are time-management, self-care, organization and boundaries. Basically, it all boils down to creating an individualized, sustainable framework for your life, with margin for the unexpected. It’s not easy to shift your life to one of balance. It will take time, energy and commitment, but the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices.

What’s the payoff for work-life balance? It’s worth the effort to implement work-life balance because there is a huge payoff! Leading experts and researchers note increased productivity, increased sense of joy and fulfillment, and LESS STRESS for those with a healthy work-life balance, and we all know the benefits of reducing our stress level! These benefits are undoubtedly things we all want, so what is stopping us from achieving work-life balance?

What are the barriers to achieving work-life balance? As simple as it may seem, there are many barriers to achieving work-life balance. Maintaining work-life balance takes consistency, determination, and saying “no” to great opportunities. None of this is any fun! Because of this, one of the very first steps I coach my clients through is identifying and sorting their priorities. We need to decide what matters most to us. This takes getting honest about our hang-ups, our habits, and those guilty pleasures we may not be ready to give up. For this reason, honestly stating our true priorities is one of the biggest challenges my Life Balance Clients face.

What are some tips to achieving work-life balance? If you’re ready to start implementing some work-life balance, I recommend you decide what really matters to you. Is earning money from extra work more important than spending time with the family? Is completing tasks more important than maintaining healthy sleep habits? Is grabbing a quick bite more important than eating healthy? What are your priorities?

Next, it’s helpful to think about certain areas in your life that need to be improved. Do you suffer from “road rage”? Are you constantly at odds with your spouse? How is your self-care routine? Highlight 2 or 3 areas in your life that are suffering right now and make those the first you’ll address through more work-life balance.

Lastly, it’s time to act. This may mean taking one big step, or several small ones. It's for you to decide. Ultimately, it’s your life, and only you can live it. Through trial and error, you'll discover the best path forward. The most important thing is that you keep moving- stagnation and procrastination will never help you reach your goals.


- Emily Klever -

Emily is a Certified Women Transition Coach and a Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach, with a focus on Life Balance and Personal and Professional Transition.