With all the apps, automated services, and other high-tech tools that are intended to make our days easier, we demand more and more of ourselves, and life can end up feeling overwhelming. We’re left seeking a nirvana that seems just out of reach. With some conscious effort and perhaps a little bit of help on the side, we can achieve a critical ingredient: balance.
Striking a successful balance between excelling at your daily tasks (at the office and at home) and maintaining your peace of mind requires introducing some key activities while subtracting others until we find an ideal (and realistic) mix. Start with these quick habits and straightforward lifestyle upgrades to find the balance in your busy days.
1. Incorporate light activity
Walking and stretching are two physical activities that will make you feel calmer and more creative. If you’re working hard on a project and you sense a good stopping point, use this opportunity to get up and clear your mind. You could take a leisurely walk to a nearby park or simply stand up from your workspace and do a few stretches to get your blood flowing. You may find that when you come back to your project, answers come more easily now that your body and mind are refreshed!
2. Try aromatherapy
Why not take your senses on a mini vacation? Aromatherapy is an easy way to relieve stress. Pick out a few essential oils and try adding a drop or two to your bathwater for relaxation, mixing a couple drops into a spray bottle filled with water for a quick scent refresher, or using a diffuser to release the scent into a room. Scents such as peppermint or citrus can stimulate the senses, while oils such as lavender or ylang ylang can calm and soothe.
3. Consider connecting with someone special
It’s all too easy to find ourselves in a rut and forget to reach out to family, friends, and people we enjoy spending time with. When you take a short break during the day, send a simple text to an old friend, post a fun memory on a family member’s social media page, or invite someone you’ve recently met for coffee or tea. Short daily breaks are ideal for reconnecting, because if we wait until we get home, other priorities and distractions can take over.
4. Read… and get outside
Here’s a way to multitask that won’t drive you mad with stress: grab a book, your favorite magazine, or the daily paper and get some sunshine while you flip through the pages. Head to your nearby park for a healthy dose of vitamin D and a good reading session.
5. Contact Pepper’s Personal Assistants
What would your daily life look like if you had some help taking care of the time-consuming errands on your to-do list? Contact Pepper’s Personal Assistants and we’ll shoulder some of your everyday burden so you’re free to unwind and do more of the things you love. Give us your grocery list and we’ll brave the crowded parking lots and checkout lines while you enjoy some quality time. Focus at work while we hold down the fort at home and fold laundry, water plants, or greet the maintenance worker. At the end of the day, we’re here to support your wellbeing and help you add balance to your life!