"Everything In Life Has To Have Balance"~Donna Karan
As nurses we are natural caregivers. It seems like we are always taking care of everyone else. That combined with long and stressful 12 hour shifts make us prone to work and life imbalance. But leading a balanced life is crucial to leading a life of happiness. Too much work or high fat food and too little sleep, time for family or you can be harmful.
When you neglect important areas of your life like emotional, physical and spiritual well-being the resulting imbalance can cause unwanted negative effects. Things like irritability, fatigue, weight gain and even addiction can occur.
Studies show work and life imbalance increases the risk of developing mental and physical health issues including negative emotions, depression, low energy, and sleep disorders.
Here are 3 suggestions to help get your life in balance:
1) Slow down and get connected with your emotional self with authentic essential oils. The Young Living Stress Away roll on is perfect for this. The soothing lime and vanilla fragrance can be applied anywhere on the body where you can smell it clearly, like the temples, nape of the neck, and wrists.
2) Take a piece of paper and write down all of your pessimistic thoughts even if you have to come back to it once in awhile for a few days. Removing obstacles is easy when inhaling the calming benefits of Stress Away.
3) Replace those negative unpleasant thoughts with positive ones. Stress Away is excellent for aiding in the release of negativity and focusing on balance.
When we are out of balance it's not just our emotional well being that suffers. Physically when we are stressed out our bodies experience everything from lack of sleep to cardiovascular and digestive issues and even depression. Add to this that we probably aren't taking time to properly nourish our bodies and the result is severe imbalance.
It's time to stop the madness and make our health and well-being a priority. We all have the power within us to live healthy, balanced lives.
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn't that what we all want?