Work Life Balance and Your Heart

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I was able to attend the  Midlands Go Red for Women Luncheon yesterday. It was a fun event that I enjoyed very much.  The American Heart Association is close to my heart as they are part of the reason I am alive today- that in and of itself is different story and post altogether.  The American Heart Association does so much for so many and they encourage everyone to live heart healthy. Since Go Red for Women was launched a decade ago, women’s heart death rates have declined by Thirty four percent.”  As women we try to do it all, but to do all the things we want to do, we have to take care of ourselves. This could be the result, if we don’t start doing this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7wmPWTnDbE

As we try to live each day, we really have to do our best to be heart healthy. We talk a lot about work life balance and that goes along with being heart healthy, although I think often times when we speak of work life balance we are speaking of mental health.  Our mental health is very important,but just as important is our physical health.  We know that when we feel good, we are happier and healthier which effects our work life as well. When you aren’t healthy, you can’t work.  Being stressed at work is normal, but when you can’t focus or it effects you daily, you need to make changes. Are you getting enough exercise, enough sleep, you know the drill, but really take a minute to reflect.

This is when work life balance really comes into play.  In the book, How Women  Lead, the authors give  this advice, “The ROI on a health body can’t be overestimated.” (Hadary, Henderson,2013, p.159).   They go onto say that what you really need is not work life balance, but work life integration. You need to be sure to integrate your values in your life and making those values your priority.   Katie White author of , I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, says to not see stress as a demon because it’s not going away and to stop multi tasking.  We all have to determine what work life balance  or work life integration means to us and our organization and we have to put our health at the forefront.  It is so easy to get caught up in life and work and children, but if we don’t take care of ourselves, then we cannot take of others.  You are your best advocate for you and your heart so take care of yourself.  As you do this, you will be able to achieve your goals and be the successful person you want to be.

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