All posts filed under: Work Life Balance

Talking under water: talent or setback?

Recently I read a book that explained to me the different personality types within DISC profiling. While I’ve read different versions of this thinking before, this book highlighted how various personas relate to each other, and the things we need to do to get the best from a situation or person. It was interesting and refreshing to consider, particularly from a workplace and personal relationship point of view. It also led me to think about my own personality type and the people I naturally gravitate to. If you’re reading this and know me, you’ll know that I’m both outgoing and loud, but also  often quiet and reserved. A total contradiction! Put simply, when in big groups I tend to go one of two ways – talk like crazy or retreat and sit quietly. The people and personalities I’m surrounded by and how comfortable I feel govern this. I tend to talk more when the conversation is at risk of lagging as I hate awkward silences… In many circumstances this is a great asset to have. …

Pointless stress & Excel-themed dreams

The other week I found myself challenged. You see, I’m one of those people who is easily lead by their emotions. Yep, be it a sad, scary or stressful experience, I’m not shy of getting worked up should the moment dictate it. Fortunately as I’ve aged I’ve mastered the rawness that can come from a challenging or upsetting situation – just don’t put on The Notebook, alright?! This said, stress isn’t something I can always easily shake. I often worry about doing the wrong thing, about managing situations correctly and generating the best results, to putting the right foods in my body and keeping others happy (the list goes on) – even though I know all it usually takes to be successful is a vote of self-confidence. On occasion this stress is detrimental to my wellbeing. When things are really busy I frequently have ‘excel’ themed dreams, which are as much of a sleep-disturbing nightmare as they sound. Likewise, if I watch a horror movie or documentary that encourages me to contemplate a serious topic …

Guest Post: The Well-Planned Wife on the ripple effect of tiredness

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly yawning and fighting off that heavy eye feeling? If you’re one for the 8am, 10am, 2pm and 3pm coffee pick-me-up, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate how you manage your energy levels.  No surprises, sleep and food intake play a big role in how active and alert we feel throughout the day. Today I’m sharing with you a guest post on the ripple effect of tiredness from my friend Mel who blogs over at The Well-Planned Wife. Mel was fortunate enough to recently attend Dr Libby’s Beautiful You Weekend in May and she’s sharing with us what she’s learnt about getting the most from everyday. Lessons from Dr Libby: the ripple effect of tiredness I thought I’d share another thing I learnt at Dr Libby‘s Beautiful You Weekend in May and it’s a topic that particularly resonates with me at the moment. So many of us feel tired regularly, and most of us just ignore it and keep on going (or reach for that chocolate at 3pm). But guess …

Living healthy when you’ve got a nine to five

Don’t you hate that the standard response to ‘how are you?’ has become busy. I’m not suggesting that those who respond with this aren’t indeed exceptionally busy, (they’re probably run off their feet), I just hate that this little word has grown to define us. I’m horribly guilty of using busy as my go to answer as it’s often the only word that comes to mind when asked (even when things actually aren’t that busy…). Some days I think it’s more a case of no matter how many hours there are in the day, there’s always that perpetual squeeze to fit more in. Perhaps it’s just human nature. When it comes to prioritising a healthy lifestyle I often hear people say ‘I’m don’t have the time for that’, ‘I couldn’t be bothered’ or ‘where do you find the motivation to cook/exercise/food plan every week’. The honest truth? I have no idea. It can be damn hard, particularly when you’ve got a nine to five, family to look after or other commitments constantly demanding your attention. …

Rise and shine – how to become a morning person

You may or may not already know this, but for the last six months I’ve been working on becoming a morning person. Yes, I can almost hear all of you who know me well laughing yourselves silly. You see, I’m a girl who loves her sleep-ins. Flashback to the beginning of the year it was rare to see me out of bed before 10am on a Saturday. Unsurprisingly, the switch has been a hard and often grumpy journey. However, my mentality started to change when I packed my bags and moved to Sydney’s Northern Beaches. My beautiful flatmate (who is currently writing an exciting guest post for The Whole Life) encouraged me to join a boot camp with her on my first morning in Queenscliff. Looking back, this was a big jump considering it was the middle of winter. While it took a little getting used to at first (can you say 5.30am starts while it’s dark and 5 degrees outside), slowly but surely I got used to waking up before the sun. After a couple weeks of activity, I …

Settle petal – it’s time to calm your farm

Hands up if you’re easily stressed-out? With one in four Aussies reporting moderate to severe levels of distress in 2014, if you went that’s me – you’re not alone. Stress is an exhausting, controlling and sometimes incredibly overwhelming process. It can strike when you least expect it, or build up for days, weeks and even months – particularly if you let it get the better of you. As a society we currently recognise several different degrees of stress. These include: Acute stress – sprung from the demands and pressures of the recent past and of the immediate future Episodic acute stress – those who suffer acute stress frequently – they often take on too much, are always in a rush and full of nervous energy Chronic stress – the grinding stress that wears people down and can destroy bodies, minds and lives Acute stress is this most common type of stress that most of us experience in the day-to-day. It is usually short term and the result of emotional pressures, muscular, stomach and gut problems, as well …

How to be your weekend you, every day

Who else, like me, wakes-up on a Saturday with a strange sense of weekend freedom? That is, the feeling that the day is yours to do what ever you want, and for a brief moment you can live the life you’d love to live everyday, if only you could! Introducing you to your weekend you. I first acknowledged my weekend me at a work event the other day. Sounds like a strange place for such an encounter, doesn’t it? You see I’m fortunate enough to not only have a career that I love, but to also work for a stellar employer. As all good businesses should, the company has some pretty strong ideas about women in leadership and true to their word, they’re investing in bringing these ambitions to life. One arm of this vision is a Women in Leadership Mentor Program. This program sees emerging female leaders partnered with inspiring role models from across the business to help foster growth, education and development. I was chuffed to be given the opportunity to participate. Lucky for me, the program also includes a series …