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Amazing Emotional Reset to Change Your Life and Find Work-Life Balance!

Do you find yourself only half-listening to a friend or spouse? Do you race to get to your job each morning and sprint to pick up your kids after work? Then rush home to start dinner? And no matter how many things you check off your list, when your head hits the pillow at night, your mind is racing with all the things left undone.

Yes, our lives are very full, sometimes even hectic, so rushing is understandable occasionally. However, if it's a regular occurrence, your stress level is building, and the frantic, frazzled self is becoming a habit. Here's what to do about it: press your Emotional Reset!

Estimated reading: 4 minutes

Aerial view of a woman journaling.Stress is a reminder of the need for a better work-life balance and self-care. Trust me, self-care is NOT selfish! You can't go anywhere on an empty tank!

Work-Life Balance and Emotional Regulation

The question is: Can you find balance in your daily life, or is a work-life balance an illusion?

Many people fill their days by checking things off their to-do lists. And when their schedule has an opening, they fill it as fast as possible. No time just to BE!

Time for self-care can be a foreign concept for a productivity fan. And when life feels out of control, your behavior could point to being a people-pleaser. Regardless of how you view productivity or pleasing others, filling our lives with too much doesn't allow for truly living.

We even turn "being" into an action: being on time, being a good friend, being a high-performing employee, being a loving mother, etc.

But genuine BEING means to be entirely present to yourself without something pulling at you. It's taking time for emotional regulation so you are calm and equipped to surf the day's ups and downs.

Being IS the highest form of doing.

Read that sentence again.

What do I mean by that statement?

When we are stressed, rushing to get somewhere, or half-heartedly listening to a friend, spouse, or our children, we pretend to be present. But let's be real: there is no love in hurrying. Stress short-circuits connection with ourselves and others.

If chronic stress is in the driver's seat of your life, then giving attention to those you love may turn into a competition for your own needs to get met. And it can feel like IF we give our full attention to someone, it will devour the time we don't think we have!

There's a new way.

You can take small actions to feel differently inside, dramatically affecting how you show up for your life. You can press your emotional reset button and decide how you WANT to feel.

Developing regular self-care and emotional fitness is crucial to achieve more sanity and ease. You need to work those serenity muscles just like you achieve physical fitness by working out at the gym!

Presence isn't so much about time as it is about perspective.

How can we ever be fully present if we don't think we have enough time? Quite the conundrum!

When we know what is most important, there is always enough time because we're able to say "no" to those things that are not aligned with our values.

We relax into each moment with confidence that we're exactly where we need to be and want to be!

Deep Dive: "Minimalism: Is It Bad for Your Business and Your Life?"

Work-life balance: old way to the new wayTake a Breath: a Calmer Life Is a Decision Away

So if you'd like to make a change and create a future that you will love, keep reading.

Your current life is the accumulation of all your thoughts, emotions, decisions and actions leading up to this present moment.

Your future changes when your decisions TODAY match the future you want.

Decisions are tricky.

It's so easy not to recognize how BIG our little daily choices are and how they can impact our well-being and the quality of our lives.

For instance, we can greet our partner with a big hug and kiss, or we can barely say hello. We can calm ourselves when upset or yell at our kids. We can skip self-care again to get one more task checked off our list or take a 15-minute breather to renew ourselves with a mindfulness exercise.

We choose moment by moment the quality of our lives.

What will you choose?

Related reading: "Self-Care Begins with Self-Love: a Formula for Heightened Inner Peace."

Emotional Reset Method: Practical Steps for More Calmness and Well-Being

STEP 1:  For greater calm in your life, take a serious look at your schedule.

What makes you feel stressed? What raises your energy and uplifts you? Is there time in your schedule for your passions or hobbies? Decide what tasks feed you and what commitments bleed you dry.

Knowing these elements empowers us to make wiser decisions with our time and our lives!

STEP 2:   Next, determine or remind yourself of your highest values?

Are your values represented in your schedule, or are you depriving yourself (or only giving yourself leftovers) of what matters most to you?

Values are the arrows guiding us to our True North. They represent our highest principles and if they are not reflected in our lives, there will be dissonance and turbulence within us!

A young woman reflecting on her values as she looks out the kitchen window and sips coffee.

STEP 3 - Reflect on where you say “yes” when you really want  to say "no thank you."

Who do you commit to helping regularly, and the relationship doesn't feel equitable?

Are you overcommitting outside the family and feeling guilty that you don't spend enough quality time with your children?

Is work devouring family time? Do you love your job? Or have you been wanting a more fulfilling career?

Find those vulnerable places and inequitable relationships where you make choices that don't reflect your highest values or your best self. Identify where you are saying yes but screaming no inside.

And if you're having trouble setting boundaries, learn how with this step-by-step process.

STEP 4:  After reviewing your schedule, decide what needs to be thinned and pruned.

What can you let go of altogether?

Are there activities that feel like too much? Or are outdated; they used to matter to you but don't anymore.

Perhaps, a committee you're on and have been wanting to quit. Are there items that you can delegate?

And what are the things that you want more of; what will you prune to make time for these activities?

Let go of what you can; cherish what you keep.

If you don't cherish what you spend time on, you may need to reassess.

However, if you can't find anything to free up time, at the very least, think things through before you commit or agree to anything new in the future.

STEP 5:  Now, moving forward, LEAVE OPEN TIME in your schedule for things you enjoy.

Add extra travel time, so there's no rushing to and from work. Reserve some self-care time to rejuvenate yourself! Carve a spot in your schedule for exercise a few times a week.

And how 'bout that emotional fitness? How will you flex those muscles?—with small actions daily!

Take a few moments throughout every day to stop, breathe and check in with your emotions. Self-regulate and calm yourself when you start rushing or revving again.

Staycation at the beach to destress using visualization.

I get it! We don't always have openings in our schedule to fly to Mexico for ten days. A staycation is within your reach. And we can use our imagination for a mental reset using visualization.

For instance, imagine you're at the beach. Listen to the ocean waves lapping the shore, the sun warming you as your feet are licked by the warm saltwater. Completely immerse yourself into the experience until your senses believe you're there!

And lastly, make a firm commitment to be fully present to the people you cherish in your life. No multitasking when your kids want to tell you something about their day or your partner wants to run a new idea by you. Slow down. Be more present.

Related reading: "Why Work-Life Balance Isn't the Best Solution."

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Practice a more relaxed way of being. Mindfulness and being present take daily practice and attention. Each day, you have the opportunity to make a choice to feel frazzled or calm?

Get support today to eliminate relationship stress, increase emotional fitness, and learn mindfulness.

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Jennifer A. Williams / Emotional Intelligence CoachJennifer A. Williams / Emotional Intelligence Coach
Jennifer is the Heartmanity founder and an emotional intelligence expert. She has two decades of EQ experience and is the author of emotional intelligence training and courses. As an emotional fitness coach, Jennifer teaches EQ skills, brain science hacks, and a comprehensive approach that gets results. She is happily married and the mother of three incredible grown children.

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