“Many people suffer from poor self-care,” says Dr. Victoria A. Vetere, a Holistic life coach and business consultant in Columbus. When people get time off from work, it is imperative they “reset their nervous system and boost their immune system,” says Vetere, the author of Englightened Appetizers: A Taste of Enlightenment in Everyday Life. The book is a collection of articles about work, health, relationships, spirituality and consciousness for those seeking inspiration and practical ways to change their lives. She also co-hosts Chai Chat, a twice-monthly radio program about transforming our world of work on Blog Talk Radio.
It comes as no surprise that American lives are hectic and overflowing with stress. According to Vetere, who counsels business people at Enlightened Life Coaching, these negative drains on people’s energy and psyche make restorative care all the more important, not only for professional survival, but for personal sanity, as well.
“Most people have high intensity lives at home and work,” she says. That makes it imperative for them to take the occasional time-out.
Additional advice? Sleep between eight to ten hours a night and drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily, she says.
A quick but restorative exercise she suggests people do daily relates to breathing. Breathe in while counting to four, then hold for four beats. Release by counting to six, five times daily.
Stretching is also a quick yet restorative activity since it relieves toxins from the joints, she says.
Vetere is a strong proponent for an experience she calls ‘Be Only With Yourself (BOWY).’ The activity involves separating oneself from technology. “Net and IT addiction are rampant. It’s very important to have quiet, solitary time,” she says. In fact, says Vetere, between the reliance on technology and constant stresses in our everyday lives, we are seeing brain changes that do not bode well for modern life,” she says.
“People have no sense of purpose and don’t know who they are,” laments Vetere, adding, “The most wisdom you will get is by putting your fingers in your ears and closing your eyes. Listen to yourself,” she suggests.
According to Jenefeness Houston, a strategic solutions consultant in Columbus, one way to combat the stress of work is not to bring any of it home. “Stay as late as you need in the office but at home, keep it home time,” says the owner of Financial Comfort Consulting. Her company advises midsize business owners how to improve their personal and professional finances.
Houston also finds creating “To Do” lists helpful for keeping her on task. Doing so is a great way to create a home-work life balance. “Be sure to incorporate all aspects of your life to ensure you have allotted time for everything you want to do. It’s like a financial budget, but for time,” says Houston.
She’s constantly amazed to hear that people consider and weigh their monetary budgets without doing the same for their time.
“Time is more important than money. You can earn money back but you can never get time back. If you are going to budget for your money, you should budget for your time, too,” says Houston.
Tami Kamin Meyer is an Ohio attorney and writer who tweets as @girlwithapen.