How to Find True Work-Life Balance
Now more than ever, it’s important to seek out holistic ways to de-stress and recenter yourself.
Modern society may have taught us to prioritize the hustle, the grind, and commodification of human productivity, but we’re giving you permission to pause. You do not have to be your career; you are not defined by your job. Your work and your life do not have to compete in a constant state of battle, either: both can exist in a state of harmony. This perspective may seem difficult (unnatural, even) at first, but we encourage it as a means of achieving balance. With it, you’re able to regain a healthy sense of self and through this discovery, find the bandwidth to enjoy your life during work and after hours, too.
True, finding work-life balance is much easier said than done — but as we approach the end of Summer, there’s no better time than now to reassess your current situation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Late Summer is a season of looking inward both physically and spiritually. As you cleanse your digestive system, you’re also meant to honor this detoxification as a moment to breathe. A summer of celebration and high heat calls for reflection; use these next few weeks to recalibrate. Nourish your mind, body, and soul in preparation of Fall’s arrival before heading back to school, work, or post-Summer normalcy.
This idea of balance stems from TCM’s concept of yin (inward, calm energy), and yang (active, fiery heat). Yin represents rest, yang signifies that unstoppable energy — and though the two are in opposition, they’re interdependent and in a constant state of flux. Too much yang (i.e., a preoccupation with work) disrupts that essential peace and causes a deficiency in yin and leads to stress-induced illnesses or vulnerabilities. Balance, then, isn’t just about achieving a picturesque ideal; it’s essential to your overall well-being.
Here’s how to achieve work-life balance with simple, everyday practices:
- Yes, you can Run the World and find your peace, too. This adaptogenic blend helps awaken that yin energy while relieving your body of undue stress over the long haul*. Think of it as your inner personal assistant when it comes to managing your day-to-day flow.
- Book an acupuncture treatment when you can — but if you’re not close to any WTHN studios, try wearing Ear Seeds to stay grounded no matter what work (and life) throws your way. They’re as functional as they are beautiful, so choose the ones that best suit your mood. Gold, Swarovski crystal, or rainbow? Take your pick.
- Working from home or looking for an after-hours way to unwind? Light our signature Heal for Real candle and find a few minutes to lie down on an acupressure mat. Whether you have five, 10, or 30 minutes to spare per day, make this ritual a sacred part of your healing routine. As your space fills with Frankincense to cleanse and Bergamot to calm, allow yourself to fully relax on your acu-mat. Gentle stimulators help activate key points across the body to inspire deep relaxation and help target stiffness, stress, and chronic pain.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.