Work-life balance: are you tipping over the edge?

Kimberlee Moster, Aurora Behavioral Services therapist

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield hosted a Women’s Health Initiative Event held September 8 at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha.  This was the fourth year that Aurora Health Care has partnered with Anthem to bring this event to Anthem’s client businesses and prospective clients.

Over 150 community businesswomen attended the event, which included on site health screenings, health information, local health providers and vendors, chair massages, interactive exhibits, healthy cooking demonstrations and “Healthy Chat” presentations.  The keynote speaker was author and nutritionist, David Meinz,  known as “America’s Personal Health Improvement Expert”.

Kimberlee Moster, LPC, a therapist with Aurora Behavioral Health Services, provided one of the Health Chat presentations, discussing Work–Life Balance.  “This is an issue so important for working women.” said Kim. “With all the roles women must fill, it’s hard to find the balance needed to stay healthy and happy. When we overextend ourselves in our work or at home, we are under-extending ourselves in every other aspect of our lives”

Here are some of Kim’s recommendations for finding balance.

  • Prioritize:
    • Prioritize your reasons for working. Focusing on the rewards of work helps to maintain a more positive attitude about your job.
    • Prioritize your responsibilities at home. Anytime someone feels burdened with too many responsibilities it is usually because the priorities have not been discussed.
  • Don’t set unrealistically high expectations for perfection – watch out for “shoulds”
  • Careful of the need to do and have it all – “have to” vs “need to” vs “want to”
  • Practice deep breathing or relaxation exercises
  • Set limits
  • Delegate
  • Have a support system

If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, you may find it helpful to work with a therapist. Contact Aurora Behavioral Health Services at 877-666-7223 or visit our web site at Aurora Behavioral Health Services

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