Q: How to make a living without sacrificing my health & happiness?
A: First of all, I totally love this question because it shows me awareness of for the need for balance in your life. Great you are aware, now what do you do. Two things come to mind, they are a little cliche but still worth mentioning..
“Nobody on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.’” ~U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas when resigning from his Senate seat after being diagnosed with cancer in 1984
and “In the event of an emergency, please put on your oxygen mask before assisting others.”
see I told you, but it is so true.
Here is what I recommend and what I mentor people on:
- Find your passion – I definitely don’t want to sound trite here, I think it is HUGELY important that you are madly in love with the work you are doing. You know that you have found that when the lines between work and play are blurred. You are having such a good time you can’t believe you are getting paid to do this thing.
- Self Care – You MUST make time for self care, for some people it is a vacation at the beach for some it is skiing. Or maybe it is simply taking 30 minutes to read or meditate. Find that thing that adds to your energy reserves and leaves you feeling ready to face the world again.
- Create Boundaries – It is very easy to fall into the trap of “have to get stuff done”, well there are some times when you need to work a little harder or a little longer it shouldn’t be the norm. ASK for help and then open up to receiving it!
I believe the fact you are aware, means you are ready to move forward with finding the balance that you really need in your life. Now is your time!