4 Quick Tips For Greater Work-Life Balance

woman at work looking at laptop(BlackDoctor.org) — If you’re feeling overworked and finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, you’re not alone.

You can beat burnout by discovering ways to devote more time to the activities and people that matter most to you. Here are five ways to bring a little more balance to your daily routine:

1. Build downtime into your schedule.

When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends and activities that help you recharge.

If a date night with your spouse or a softball game with friends is on your calendar, you’ll have something to look forward to and an extra incentive to manage your time well so you don’t have to cancel.

2. Drop activities that sap your time or energy.

Many people waste their time on activities or people that add no value — for example, spending too much time at work with a colleague who is constantly venting and gossiping. Instead, take stock of activities that aren’t really enhancing your career or personal life and minimizing the time you spend on them.

You may even be able to leave work earlier if you make a conscious effort to limit the time you spend on the web and social media sites, making personal calls, or checking your bank balance. We often get sucked into these habits that are making us much less efficient without realizing it.

3. Rethink your errands.

Consider whether you can outsource any of your time-consuming household chores or errands.

Could you order your groceries online and have them delivered? Hire a kid down the street to mow your lawn? Have your dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at your home or office? Order your stamps online so you don’t have to go to the post office? Even if you’re on a tight budget, you may discover that the time you’ll save will make it worth it.

4. Get moving.

It’s hard to make time for exercise when you have a jam-packed schedule, but experts say that it may ultimately help you get more done by boosting your energy level and ability to concentrate. Research shows exercise can help you to be more alert.

And remember that a little relaxatioin goes a long way. Don’t get overwhelmed by assuming that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. Set realistic goals, like trying to leave the office earlier one night per week.

Aromatherapy Essentials

aromatherapy productsAromatherapy using essential oils is a natural way to relieve the common stress and sleep-related ailments that most of us experience.

To get you started, I’ve prepared a list of “must haves” for a healthy, beautifully aromatic experience:

1. Start with the basics.

• A clean cotton cloth (preferably white 100% combed cotton) that can be used for hot and cold compresses.

• Carrier oil (organic jojoba or coconut oil). Some essential oils should not be applied all on their own. Instead, they need to first be mixed into other oils, then applied.

• Aloe vera gel to quickly soothe sun drenched skin. Many essential oils have a variety of healing properties.

A few notes on coconut oil: it is a natural UV protector and potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals which build up under the skin from sun exposure. Daily usage of coconut oil on the face and body drastically reduces sun exposure while slowing down the effects of aging. It also acts as a natural barrier to protect against elements such as smoke, smog and environmental pollutants in the air.

2. “Essential” essential oils.

• The first is lavender oil, which can be used on its own. This fact, along with its range of uses, makes it a “must have” essential oil. Lavender has exceptional antimicrobial properties and can be used to combat allergies, burns, headaches, insect bites, muscle aches and sunburn. Lavender is my favorite for healing and the scent is floral and subtle.

• Second is tea tree. It has antifungal and antiseptic properties, which makes it great for conditions like burns, athlete’s foot, cuts and scrapes, and itching insect bites. Tea tree, like lavender, doesn’t
require carrier oil.

• Third on the list is geranium. It also has antiseptic and antifungal properties, making it a good choice for cuts, sores, and fungal infections. Geranium oil also lessens the appearance of cellulite; this being swimsuit season, geranium is a must have. Always use geranium in carrier oil.

3. And finally, bug repellant. Keeping insects at bay is an age old summertime battle. Two essential oils excellent for use as insect repellants are lemongrass and peppermint. Simply mix a few drops of either of these oils with a carrier, and apply to exposed skin.

For more information, please feel free to visit me at: www.aromatherapythymes.com.