By Jill Heyer

Use balance to limit the effects of loss

Career, Wellness

I speak a lot about balance in my blog and stress the importance of having it. We all understand the common sense of balance and work-life balance, to make sure we are giving time to everything, giving us a full life, and keeping our stress rates lower. But there’s also another reason for balance. That’s because of loss.

Consider this, if your whole life revolved around work or a man and then suddenly you lost it, it leaves a hole.  Be it fired, dumped, quit, whatever the reason is, you no longer have that in your life and it was all you cared about.

CASE A
WHOLE LIFE WITH JOB

 

Work

 

 

WHOLE LIFE WITHOUT JOB

 

 

 

In Case A, as soon as the job disappears life becomes unbearable. No wonder people have breakdowns and feel empty. No wonder people have the urge to replace that relationship immediately. There’s nothing left. Therefore you begin to rush into bad decisions out of fear. Consider a life of balance.

CASE B
WHOLE LIFE WITH JOB

Contribution Hobby Leisure
Family Alone Time Personal Growth
Work Relationship Friends

WHOLE LIFE WITHOUT JOB

Contribution Hobby Leisure
Family Alone Time Personal Growth
Relationship Friends

All of a sudden things look a lot brighter. We may go through a tough time in one area, or make a decision to impact an area, but as long as we are balanced in having more than one focus in our life, we are still successful and filled.

So what does your life chart look like?

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