Are you compromising your balance,your relationships,and your own happiness by insisting on impossible-to-meet standards? If yes,this could lead to high level of stress invariably leading to major diseases.When all is said and done,you will discover it’s your relationships which matter most. You need to ensure you nourish those more than anything else. Besides,when kids look back on their lives they rarely say they are glad the floors sparkled.Instead,they are happy because Mom let go,and allowed them to use the couch pillows to build forts on the floor.
Moreover,high stress levels are a serious problem.Managing stress is essential for maintaining balance and having a healthy body.To conserve emotional energy,you need to become clear about which situations you can,and cannot change.Most working individuals struggle with something called spillover.This occurs when an area of your life affects another,and it creates stress.
The bad thing about negative stress is that the buck stops with your body. Your healthy habits,such as exercise program and nutritious meals are usually the first to suffer when you are struggling to cope with a heavy workload.When you are always over-committing,juggling more and more balls,your body finally says, “Enough, I can’t handle this anymore.”
Say for example,your job involves inflexible hours,a high-pressure environement,or a lot of travel,the negative spillover can affect your family life.
On the other hand,having a sick child,finding convenient daycare,dealing with an unsupported partner or looking after elderly parents can have a spillover effect at work. It’s difficult to focus on doing a good job when other urgent matters are demanding your energy and attention.
For most people,spillover is a fact of life.No magic wand will erase it.The best you can do is to learn how to manage each situation,and put a lid on the stress. It helps to keep everything in perspective, and to trust intuition.