How a Simple Puzzle Can Lead to a Better Relationship

How a Simple Puzzle Can Lead to a Better Relationship

Note: This is Part IV in Husband’s POV series: Support Your Spouse for Better Balance Together. Read Part I, Part II and Part III. Recently, my wife brought home a small puzzle. It was about a hundred pieces in all, rather small and not terribly easy. She got it, initially, to ease some of the stress she was feeling due to a medical condition that led to panic attacks that has since been fairly alleviated. On that day, I came…

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Why Weeknight Date Nights are My New Favorite Thing

Why Weeknight Date Nights are My New Favorite Thing

One of my favorite mental exercises is to picture what the evening routines of other people might be. I do this not only because I write about self-care and living a balanced lifestyle but because I am also genuinely curious as to how people spend their time. While we all may have common elements in our jobs such as sending emails or having to attend meetings, there is enough variation in the daytime hours that it can be hard to…

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The #1 Way to Beat Sunday Night Blues

The #1 Way to Beat Sunday Night Blues

I’m not alone in feeling down on Sundays. In a recent poll, over 78% of respondents report experiencing “Sunday Night Blues”. Like most people I only have two days off a week, and some weeks not even that, which can be enough to put you in a not so cheerful mood. Trying to do everything that gets relegated to the weekend while finding enough time to relax can be a real challenge as well without the looming thought that a…

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My Top Two Strategies for Personal and Professional Success

My Top Two Strategies for Personal and Professional Success

Now that the fall semester is fully underway, my work days are longer than they were in summer. For the first time since I completed all my courses I am finding myself doing work at home in the evenings. Last night it was about an hour and a half of going through my email putting my student’s presentations all in one file to get ready for class today. So far I am really enjoying all aspects of teaching so I…

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Why Health Needs to be in Your Work-Life Balance Equation

Why Health Needs to be in Your Work-Life Balance Equation

In all of the vast literature on what it takes to achieve work-life balance (if there is such a thing) one concept is conspicuously left out most of the time. While the life portion of the phrase work-life balance likely encompasses health for most of us, it can be very easy to ignore this critical subject until you’re confronted with the consequences. Healthy living is going to mean different things to different people but too often I hear downright ridiculous…

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Bedtime: My New Favorite Daily Challenge

Bedtime: My New Favorite Daily Challenge

Oh what a joy it has been this week to get some much needed deep sleep. I woke up this morning at 11:30 am, which is something I haven’t done in I don’t know how long. Previously I wrote about considering having a bedtime and this week was the closest I have come to achieving that. I now fully realize that I am not 100% up to par if I don’t sleep at least eight and a half hours, closer…

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The Very Beginner’s Guide to Guided Meditation

The Very Beginner’s Guide to Guided Meditation

Since my recent health issues started close to two months ago, I have been searching for natural ways to boost my mood and outlook. I have had some dark moments in the last few weeks but one thing that has helped me tremendously has been guided meditation. Prior to my recent health issues, I never practiced any sort of traditional meditation. I definitely would sit quietly when drinking my coffee in the morning and I also routinely write down what…

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Trying to Keep the Plates Spinning

Trying to Keep the Plates Spinning

I hesitate to start a blog post writing about how incredibly busy I have been, but it’s the sheer truth. Unlike a badge of honor, the insane amount of stuff that I’m currently responsible for is somewhat terrifying. Even though I consider myself to be an organized person, the second week of the semester has started exposing the cracks in my system for doing and keeping track of everything that is on my plate. Today I was supposed to attend…

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Teaching, Flow and a Bittersweet Back to School

Teaching, Flow and a Bittersweet Back to School

This week marked new beginnings and sad endings. It was the first week of the fall semester, a time where the pace of life ramps up significantly. I am teaching for the first time and experienced what it is like to be on the other side of the classroom, giving the lecture. It was a fascinating experience. I teach multiple sections of the same class back to back, so for about three hours I was completely immersed in my students…

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The Only Morning Routine You Need – Minus 5 AM Wake Ups

The Only Morning Routine You Need – Minus 5 AM Wake Ups

If you spend enough time reading productivity literature on the internet, you will come across articles like the 8 Things Entrepreneurs do Before Breakfast, or 10 Life Hacks to Tame Morning Chaos. The majority of the time when I read these articles, I get a sense that my life is not quite measuring up, and if only I were to wake up even earlier, have some kale and spinach green juice, and start training for my 5K, I simply am…

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