Do you find it hard to figure out how to get all your responsibilities -- home and work -- accomplished in a day? Are you someone who wants a career, a family, friends, AND time for yourself? You are not alone. Many people seek the perfect balance that will give them enough time for everything and still a few hours to sleep. Many times when the topic of work-life balance comes up, working mothers are the focus of the discussion. How can women work outside the house while maintaining a warm home, deep friendships, a loving family and a sense of self? What about those women who are not mothers? What about men who may or may not be fathers? Many people struggle to find a balance that makes them happy and it is important to acknowledge that we all can benefit from some help achieving and maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle that includes anything we find important, whether it is family, or friendships, or a bicycle club. Kelly Wallace explores the struggle of work-life balance and seeks to expand the discussion of who that struggle affects in her piece "Work-Life Balance Not Just a Women's Issue" on cnn.com.
Susan Cain is a writer and researcher, most recently focusing on introversion. In her book, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" as well as her TED Talk, Cain discusses how introversion is an asset in a culture that extols an extrovert ideal. Introversion has been inaccurately believed to be a term describing shy, socially awkward people. In reality, introverted people respond to external stimulation differently than extroverted people (who actually respond differently to internal stimulation). The fact is that the majority of us are somewhere on the scale between introversion and extroversion. The key is to figure out how you process information best, how you communicate best, and how you FEEL best and go from there. A bit of introspection -- and even some sessions with a therapist -- can be incredibly helpful in figuring out your healthiest, most successful self.
A healthier, happier you.