September 01, 2015At the end of August I had the chance to go to an awesome retreat that was hosted by the Good Life Project. If you haven't heard of Jonathan Fields and his organization, they're definitely worth checking out. It was quite an inspiring weekend where I had the opportunity to hear some trail blazing speakers talk on what a good life means to them, attend some information-packed workshops on how to run & sustain an authentic business and I had the chance to meet other fellow meditators, wellness and creativity enthusiasts. Best of all there was time built in for self-care through daily yoga, meditation, crafts, talking with other kindred spirits, playing and eating three fresh meals a day. [caption id="attachment_6958" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Prints & Cards available...here.[/caption] One of my favorite keynotes was by Dr. Aviva Romm; she spoke about "Burning the Candle Without Burning Out". Her focus was on how stress interacts with our body and how a certain amount of stress is actually really good for us...but when we begin to program our bodies to always operate out of emergency mode, we will slowly or in most cases, quickly burn out. The key, she said is about finding a good work-life balance... something I'm pretty sure we've all thought about and/ or tried to work towards :). And if I had to guess, I'd say for the majority of us, the "life" balance piece is the most challenging part because it's often easiest to move ourselves down the priority list rather than up when life gets busy and we need self-care more than ever. Most of us know ways to nourish ourselves, however I don't think we can ever hear these reminders enough. Dr. Romm's top 5 tips to help keep the balance were:
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