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Work/Life Balance: Is it Achievable?

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Folks, lately I’ve been wondering about the above title — is work/life balance achievable? And if so, how do you go about it?

See, over the past week or so, I’ve been dealing with family health issues. I’ve also been working on my writing, editing, and staying in contact with a few friends here and there in order to remind myself there are good things in the world.

In short, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed.

There are so many things in this world I can’t do much about. And when I’m confronted with those things, I sometimes forget about the things I can do something about — that is, take care of myself; get adequate rest; remember to eat properly; get a little exercise here and there; enjoy the scenery; work for positive changes wherever possible, but try not to completely exhaust myself in the process.

And I can’t believe I’m the only one to ever feel this way.

It’s sometimes easier to focus on what we can’t do, because we’re often taught that it’s wrong to focus on ourselves. Even in a good, positive, healthy sense, where we’re trying to create something or help others or do the best work we can, it’s hard to stay focused on that when everything else seems to be falling apart.

So, is work/life balance achievable?

I think it is, but it’s a tough go sometimes. It’s like running into a headwind; you have to remind yourself that you’re doing your level best, and it has to be good enough. Just keep trying, refuse to let the despair win, refuse to let the exhaustion win, and keep going long enough so it becomes an ingrained habit…then, maybe, it will give you peace of mind to know that you’ve done everything you can on your own behalf.

It’s important to do what you can for yourself.

But how do I put that into practice, under the circumstances? Mostly, I try to remind myself often that it’s perfectly OK for me to put myself first and get the rest, food, and time I need to do what I have to do in order to feel like a fulfilled person even as these other things aren’t working out no matter how hard I try and no matter how much effort I put into it.

Just remember that while you do need to work on controlling what you can control, it’s really hard to do. We’re taught to be rugged individualists, mostly, and having to leave so much up to the Higher Power is difficult. (It really is.)

But don’t stop trying. Definitely don’t stop believing that better things are possible.

Because they are. Even when you can’t see them.

So yes, I do think work/life balance is achievable. And I’ll keep working on it. (How about you? Tell me in the comments!)

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Written by Barb Caffrey

August 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

9 Responses

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  1. Love this, Barb! I’m going back to work next week after having the summer off. It will be busy. I just have to remember that I can’t do everything. We do the best we can. You sound like you have it figured out!

    Ipuna Black

    August 18, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    • I’m glad you liked it, Ipuna.

      This past week was very hectic also, but I hope I’m getting it figured out. Trying to prioritize my writing and editing, still…and being kind to others. (That always is a priority.)

      Barb Caffrey

      August 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      • When stress comes out way, we have to work harder to be kind! Great that you are making it a priority in your day! ❤️

        Ipuna Black

        August 26, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      • Always, Ipuna. I figure I want to spread as much happiness as I can — or at least not add to anyone’s misery. It’s something to aspire to, anyway… 😉

        Barb Caffrey

        August 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      • Yes! I agree. We aspire for the best at least.

        Ipuna Black

        August 27, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      • Absolutely. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        August 28, 2017 at 11:11 pm

  2. I’m sorry to hear you’re having a rough time and hope it improves soon! I do think work life balance is possible, but in a world that focuses on achievements rather than health, it can be pretty tough. Not impossible though. 😀

    Nicolle

    August 20, 2017 at 1:47 am

    • That’s where I come down, too, Nicolle. 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting, as always…makes me feel less alone, for sure. 😀

      Barb Caffrey

      August 25, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      • You’re welcome and you’re definitely not alone. ❤️

        Nicolle

        August 27, 2017 at 5:50 am


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