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Month: September 2017

How You Hold the Power to Stop the Busyness Epidemic

How You Hold the Power to Stop the Busyness Epidemic

I am an unabashed lover of all things leisure and relaxation. Good books, sitting on my porch swing journaling, and naps, glorious naps. I can never get enough of those. I also teach part-time, work in a research lab at a top university getting my PhD, run a household with my husband, take care of my fur babies, and write this blog and other articles on work-life balance for various publications. I’m busy, very busy. Just like you. But if…

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Checking Off the Autumn Fun

Checking Off the Autumn Fun

I’m happy to report that my Falltastic Fun List has officially had the very first item checked off. This Sunday, my husband and I went to an apple orchard and enjoyed an afternoon filled with autumn festivities. We started off by taking in the scenery. It was a bit warmer this past weekend, so that was about the only non-Fall feel about the afternoon. The orchard is a bonefide family fun zone, with a petting zoo, pony rides, mini-golf and…

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My Autumn Fun List

My Autumn Fun List

It’s officially the start of my favorite season of the year, fall! There’s a certain dreamy quality in the air as the leaves start changing colors and inevitably make their final descent before the harsh winter winds strip the branches for good. Autumn marks the beginning of so many wonderful holidays, and if there is one thing I enjoy, it is the anticipation of a great Turkey feast on Thanksgiving, wrapping presents and trimming a Christmas tree. I want to…

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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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