How do you maintain balance when you’re passionate about your work?

Like many of my friends within the health and wellbeing space I’m a big fan of Danielle LaPorte and her work. If you haven’t heard of her before, do yourself a favour and check her out. Inspiring is a total understatement!

Anyway, in a YouTube video that I watched recently titled ‘A Credo for Making it Happen’ Danielle said one of the tricks to success is to “aim for passion because balance is a myth.”

This struck such a chord with me. It’s something that’s really been playing out the last few weeks. Ok, let’s be honest over the last six months. But the last three weeks have been especially hectic. Juggling all the exciting things happening at Sporteluxe with freelance projects that inspire me has meant super long hours, seven days straight, for the last few weeks. My old boyfriend stress-induced insomnia? Yeah, he’s been back a few times. Although I now know how to kick him out of my bed a lot easier.

However, I know I’m not the only one who struggles to maintain balance in their lives when they love their job. Especially if they are working for themselves, following their passion and trying to make their dreams come true. My Sporteluxe partner-in-crime Bianca has been busy every weekend doing yoga teacher training and I know a few of our expert contribs who routinely email me super late at night – don’t worry I won’t name and shame you! That’s even though they’re all health and fitness superstars who know the importance of a getting a good night’s sleep. Because, when you’re inspired by what you do it doesn’t always feel like work. And the tendency is to want to do everything. All at once. Right now! But the truth is going a million miles an hour non-stop only leads to excessive stress. And possibly even burnout.

So what’s the solution? It’s pretty simple really. Just find a few simple wellness rituals that recharge your batteries and commit to them on a regular basis. No matter what. For me that means yoga (if I can’t get to a class I’ll just do a few sequences at home) and Vedic meditation. I’ve been practicing the latter for the last few months and it’s been a total game-changer. The absolute best way to reduce stress and give my tired brain a break! For you it might mean going for a run or an invigorating winter ocean swim to reconnect with nature. Whatever it is just make time for it. No matter how busy you are. Because following your passion shouldn’t mean sacrificing your health.

Sare x

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