Get Your Life in Balance

Here’s how to be a success in all areas of your life

September 2010

Despite the many differences between the genders, men and women tend to be similar in the way they go about achieving a work-life balance.

That’s the conclusion of Executive Health Consultant Jerry Kiffer, who has coached more than 4,000 participants in the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute’s Executive Health Program.

"Work-life balance" is a broad concept, but basically it addresses the four major parts of life: work, loving relationships, mind and body, Mr. Kiffer says, according to his findings from this program.

"The stereotype of 'all work and no play' – that successful people place loving relationships lower than work – it turns out, is not true," he says. "The men and women I’ve coached work very diligently at high work satisfaction and loving relationships." What they sacrifice, however, is paying attention to mind and body health. "Something has to give," adds Mr. Kiffer, who offers the following advice for those who want to do it all:

  • Walk 10,000 steps a day, and recruit family members to walk with you.
  • Prepare wholesome foods and discuss healthy eating with your family.
  • Spend quality time with people you love and be present-moment focused.
  • Increase your experiences of fun and joy, if not by activities, at least with a playful attitude.
  • Relax deeply, mentally and physically, whenever possible, to counteract stress.
  • Develop an "attitude of gratitude" to appreciate all the good things present in your life.

“People interpret work-life balance as not putting too much energy going to work,” Mr. Kiffer says. What it means really is above-average physical and emotional health, loving relationships, positive emotions of joy, fun and play. “It begins with satisfaction with life and focusing on what you already have, rather than what you don’t have.”

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