I've become increasingly aware over the last year of the importance of a good work, life balance. Not so much from my own personal experience but what I see around me and my family, work situations demand more and more of our time. I was reading an article recently and it's funny how attitudes seem to differ hugely about working overtime and long hours and always making yourself available to your employer. Some nations seem to see these as essential traits in an employee and yet in other countries it is believed that if you can't finish your work in the time given then you're not thought of as an efficient worker. However, thanks to emails and technology in general there's no clock in and clock out for some jobs and in my opinion this just can't be healthy.
Personally I know I have a bit of a love hate relationship with technology. On the one hand my job wouldn't exist without it and on the other life would be a whole lot simpler! I know that when it gets round to holiday time one of the things I look forward to most is switching off my phone and having no wifi access. It's amazing how life just carries on without a hitch with no instagram or Facebook!
I recently picked up a book by The Happy Buddah. I'll admit I was mainly attracted to the beautiful cover, I thought it'd look nice in the new flat, but I've really loved reading it. It's an exploration of Mindfulness and it's not difficult to follow or just some hippy nonsense. It's proven to significantly reduce stress and in my case just improve your outlook on things and appreciate doing nothing rather than racing on to the next project or goal or ambition.
"Being here and now, with life simply as it is, is the paradise we have been seeking. There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path."
Give it a try, 10 minutes silence in the morning can really change your entire day.