There’s no escaping it.
Finding a healthy work-life balance can feel like an impossible task.
Between the demands of work, kids, chores, social obligations, and sometimes seemingly futile attempts at living a healthy lifestyle, few of us have the energy left to do much more than flop on the couch and zone out at the end of the day.
Well I’ve got a secret to tell you.
A truly harmonious & consistent work-life balance is an illusion.
It’s a sham, phooey, hogwash!
The problem is that we’re trying to do everything all at once, all the time.
And that my friend? Is, in fact, impossible.
But fret not!
There is a solution.
Chinese medicine can help you find greater work-life balance.
You may not know that Chinese medicine theory stretches far beyond acupuncture points and herbal prescriptions.
The classic Chinese medicine texts, which were written thousands of years ago, teach how everything from food, to sleep, to emotions, and everything in between can have a profound influence on overall health and well-being.
One of the biggest lessons you will find if you delve into these classic Chinese medicine texts is that there is a time and a place for everything.
A simple way to break this down is by looking at what nature is doing in every season.
In the winter nature is resting.
There isn’t much social activity or work happening.
Instead, most animals and plants are using as little energy as they can to do what they need to do to survive and stay warm.
This is worth repeating.
Life in nature is resting and using as little energy as possible during this time, which helps energy to be stored, preserved, consolidated, and strengthened so it can has the power to burst forth when it needs to.
Then comes spring, when nature’s energy pushes up and out at rapid speed.
This is a time of great expansion, when plants and animals wake up, stretch, and start being creative.
Possibilities are endless this time of year, and plans are being made to manifest great things.
Summer is when the outward exuberance is at its peak.
This is the time of year when everything is moving and active, less sleep is needed, and the atmosphere is buzzing with social connections.
Things get done in the summertime, and there seems to be more time and energy for everything on your to-do list.
Then comes autumn, and energy starts to move back in and down.
Leaves start to fall, harvest happens, and everything in nature begins to slow down as the days get noticeably shorter.
This is a time for nurturance and reflection, to tie up loose ends and make sure everything is ordered and in place for the more passive months ahead.
In other words, nature doesn’t try to do everything at once, and neither should you.
The really cool thing about all of this is that these cycles can be applied to all aspects of life.
Work-life balance isn’t about having more time and energy, it’s about using your time and energy more wisely.
When you realize that there is a time and a place for everything, rather than trying to do everything all at once, you can then harness the power of the phase you’re in to help you feel more balanced overall.
Apply the metaphor of these seasonal phases to your day, week, month, or year your life can flow much more easily.
For example, as a woman, you can see this ebb and flow very clearly in your menstrual cycle.
Menstruation is like the winter, when you should rest and conserve energy as much as possible. This is not a good time to exercise vigorously or push yourself too hard.
The follicular phase is like spring and is all about creativity and planning.
Ovulation is a great time to get out into the world, be social, and get things done.
And then things start to wind down during the luteal phase, when fall moves back into winter.
Living in tune with your monthly cycle will actually improve your hormonal balance too, because you’ll be working with your hormones rather than against them.
Many women who adopt this kind of monthly-cycle lifestyle actually find that their PMS and menstrual symptoms become a lot less burdensome after a while, which is a clear indication that their overall health is improving!
When you stop trying to do everything all at once and instead begin to harness the energy of the phase you’re in, you’ll find that you don’t just feel better, but you’ll have the energy to get more done (and do it better!) when you need to.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
What tips do you have for managing the work-life balancing act?
Leave a comment in the comments section and let me know. Everyone struggles with this issue, so the more insights you can share, the more we’ll all benefit!
’til next time,
Love, hugs, and bubble baths,