Work-life balance is an age-old concept that is geared towards individuals who have difficulty managing their time. People who are dedicated to their careers are often all-consumed by their responsibilities and the next step in achieving their goals. Their social lives, as well as physical and mental health, are often placed on the back-burner.
This dedication is often unsustainable and can result in poor overall health. It’s important to make time for hobbies that can provide some relaxation and relief from the stresses of everyday life. Yoga, with its focus on meditation and holistic health can be the perfect activity to achieve work-life balance.
Improves Mental Health
It can be difficult to focus on work when the health and social aspects of your life are suffering. Yoga has several benefits to mental health and physical health that could directly relieve work-related stress and anxiety and improve your ability to focus. Yoga and meditation go hand-in-hand — anyone who’s been to a yoga class has noticed the instructor giving instructions for breathing as well as where to direct your thoughts. This is because yoga is about clearing your mind of all thoughts and concerns in order to focus on how your body and mind are feeling, which is a skill that can translate into focusing on other areas of life.
Eases Work Responsibilities
If you’re committed to growing your career, or are an entrepreneur starting a business, you are probably familiar with overextending yourself to get work done. The work never ends, and therefore you never stop working. However, it’s important to control the work-addict inside you by taking time to clear your head and think about the other things in life you have a hand in. It’s difficult to relax the body and mind when you can’t let go of little things, but when you figure out how to put things in perspective through meditation, you’re able to ease work responsibilities.
Establishes Work-Life Routines
While it’s okay to simply make time for yoga and meditation when you can, it’s more effective to create exercise routines that you can do regularly. If you’re a career-oriented individual, chances are you’re organized and never miss appointments. Consider yoga as an appointment with yourself and commit to it the way you do to appointments with others. Making this a consistent part of your routine will give you a time slot to look forward to each day, where the time is all about you.
Gateway to Good Days
Once you dedicate some time for yoga into your work-life routine, you are doing something that has the potential to change your outlook each day. Adding yoga to your morning routine can lessen the time you spend trying to control your work duties and increase the time you spend making sure the other areas of your life are fulfilling — and don’t revolve solely around work. This can add more focus to your whole life and can offer a positive start to each day.
Work-life balance isn’t an easy concept to actualize when you have a busy life, but in those situations, it’s even more important. Dedicating all your time to work isn’t sustainable and will cause the other areas of your life to suffer. Yoga provides a variety of intensity levels for exercise but emphasizes the importance of meditation all the while, which makes it a good avenue for a healthy relationship between body and mind, and a healthier lifestyle that balances the important things in life.
Shelly Bohorquez is a writer and ethical vegan based in Boise, ID. She enjoys travelling, photography and eating tasty plant-based foods. She has a BA in Communication from Boise State University and currently lives in the North End with her fluffy, odd-eyed cat, Ron. Follow her on IG @shemovesabstract
If you’d like your articles featured on Raw Kiwi, please contact: email@example.com