The Challenges of Balancing Work and Family

personal stressOnly a few decades ago, the direction ones life would go was determined by ones gender. Men were expected to pursue a career, while women were expected to take care of home and family. Both genders missed out on a the other slice of life. Men missed out on the pleasures of rocking their baby boy to sleep, or helping their daughter with her homework, while women missed out on the boost of self esteem experienced when giving a presentation to a room full of people, or simply getting a thumbs up from the boss for a job well done.

But now, in today’s fast paced world, the evolution of both technology and of the thinking of mankind have made it possible for both genders to go for the whole package- a chance to balance home and family.

Yet, with taking on more comes a whole lot more personal stress and neglect of our own weight and overall health. How should one manage it? Stephanie Benefits, an RN at Primary Children’s Hospital Neonatal unit in Salt Lake says “It’s about being present where you are. When you are at home, be at home with your family and leave work at work. Don’t take it home with you. When you are at work, be at work.”

But in order to do this, make sure you have a good support system so that you are prepared for emergencies that may come up at home while you are at work. Think ahead.

Are you stressed about your appearance? Consider making a new dieting action plan this spring. The US News recently listed the best weight loss diets for 2015.

What are you going to do about that teacher appreciation day when the kids are at home but your scheduled to work? What are you going to do when your baby gets sick and the daycare or babysitter wont take her? Planning ahead will save you a great deal of personal stress when the crisis time comes.

Other tips for striking a balance between work and family include:

  • Exercise: Exercise is well known as a way to keep ones mind and body healthy. People who exercise get sick less often and are better able to manage stress and anxiety. There are all kinds of unexpected benefits like a boost in memory as well. If it sounds like too much to take on all at once, consider by starting small. Park farther away from the entrance when going somewhere or take the elevator instead of the stairs, and build up from there.
  • Prioritize: While managing a career and a family, there will always be things that one would like to get to, but simply can’t. Prioritize what matters, and work on those things first.
  • Delegate the rest. Last but not least,
  • Have a good support system in place.

Achieving balance in one’s home life and ones work life is a constant teeter totter act, and is a work in progress. Using these steps can work as a guideline for getting and staying on track so one can manage the personal stress of having it all.

US News: Best Weight Loss Diets

Best weight loss dietsFor millions of people around the world, trying to drop those extra pounds can be incredibly difficult. Seemingly eating right and exercising just are not doing the trick, which is why a very specific diet needs to be crafted. The problem with this, however, is which diet is the best? According to US News and World Report, there are several that can work. Now, not all diets are going to work for all individuals. If you are looking over the best weight loss diets, you need to read up on what you are able to and not able to eat, then determine which one is best for you.

On a quick side note: I would guess a Leptin focused diet will be on the list next year as I’m hearing great results from several of my clients.  My first client was Mary Miles who actually suggested it to me!  If you are interested in reading more you can check out her website that has several Venus Factor reviews and provides great details on this program.  It is important to note that the Venus Factor is customized to women so if you are a man looking to get in shape, John Barban created a program called the Adonis Golden Ratio which helps men build the classic adonis body shape.

Sorry… Now back to this years US News top 5 diets!

Here is a list of the top 5 best weight loss diets, starting:

5. Jenny Craig
4. Biggest Loser Diet
3. HMR Diet
2. Raw Food Diet
1. Weight Watchers

Jenny Craig received a 3.5 out of 5 according to US News. In fact, outside of Weight Watchers, which received a 3.8 out of 5, all of these different diets received a 3.5. Now, you need to read about each in order to see which is best for you. However, when you try a diet out, do not just jump ship after a few days. Stick with it. Every diet is a bit of a challenge when you first start up. It just takes some practice and getting use to it.

Jenny Craig

This is probably the most popular out of all of them. While you are able to simply follow the diet plan on your own, if you sign up for the service you also receive a very large support group, which really is terrific. Often times it is difficult to diet on your own, but as one of the best weight loss diets around, this one gives you the built in support group.

Biggest Loser Diet

This is all about eating healthy and exercising. If you are able to stick to this diet, you are going to see the pounds drop off, however, with the extremely limited calorie intake, it is difficult to stick to over time.

HMR Diet

This diet has been around for more than 30 years and it is also heavily supported by medical clinics and hospitals worldwide, so it is worth checking out.

Raw Food Diet

This is exactly as it sounds. Nothing is processed, fried or diluted. You can cook the food, but you need to do it yourself.

Weight Watchers

This is a point counting diet that is helpful. As long as you can stay on the point system you should do great.