Stressed. Overcommitted. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Busy. These are the answers we have to the question, “How are you?” And yet we often respond with a simple, “I’m good.” We feel that we are unable to admit that “good” is the furthest thing from the truth because we believe that everyone feels stressed and out of balance—it’s just part of life. Or, we believe we’re weak if we admit that something’s not working. Recently, work-life balance has become a goal for many and employers recognize it as important. Mental Health America, the nation’s leading organization on education and support of the mentally ill, is stepping in to make sure people understand the implications of long-term stress and that work-life balance is crucial to our overall health. Their research indicates that “over time, stress also weakens our immune systems, and makes us susceptible to a variety of ailments from colds to backaches to heart disease. The newest research shows that chronic stress can actually double our risk of having a heart attack.”
You can determine that your life is out of balance if:
- You find yourself constantly distracted. At home, you’re thinking about what needs to be accomplished at work. And at work, you’re thinking about what needs to be done at home. This often leads to a feeling that you’re drowning—nothing is ever actually “finished” because you cannot concentrate on what’s in front of you.
- You feel emotionally off-balance. Stress can lead to irritability and even depression. If you feel like you’re unable to control your emotions, don’t ignore it. Your emotions give you great insight into your overall well-being, so it’s important to pay attention to them.
- Your relationships take the backburner. When you feel overwhelmed by your tasks or responsibilities, it’s easy to push people aside so that you can get everything done. However, connection with others can help restore balance in your life.
- You find unhealthy ways to cope. Rather than restoring balance, you cope by choosing a substance or activity that helps you feel numb. You find yourself binge-watching a TV show or turning to drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol. Coping by “numbing out” is not the same as restoring balance and causes more harm in the long run.
- You’re overcommitted. If you’re unable to say no and your calendar gives little room for personal time, something needs to change. You cannot find balance in your own life if you’re always taking on responsibilities that were not meant for you.
- You’re overconnected. Smart-phones are great! But if you’re always available to take a call or always connected to your email, you will stifle balance. You can be loyal to your company and still put your phone and computer away at the end of the day.
At Seton Cove, we believe that restoring balance in your life is to find harmony in your mind, body, and soul. This doesn’t have to mean you have to take a vacation. Restoring balance can happen in small, meaningful moments. We want to provide you with an opportunity to experience balance in the middle of your work-day. When you join us for lunch on Tuesdays, you will learn helpful techniques to restore balance in your life.
Each Tuesday Luncheon is unique, specifically addressing various practices and giving you the space to practice. Topics range from inspiring words, engaging in sensory systems, life transition, letting go, mindfulness, poetry, art, generosity, and spiritual disciplines. Find out more about each program here.
When you register at least 24 hours before the Tuesday Luncheon, you can also order a box-lunch that will be served during the program. Don’t believe the lie that life balance is unattainable. Join us at Seton Cove and learn how you can restore balance and live a more meaningful life.