WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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one Stay calm Be still. Take slow, deep breaths. Feel your body relax. Abby Seixas, Weston-based psychotherapist, speaker, author (Finding the Deep River Within), and Deep River Seminars founder, says, "It's remark- able what a difference this simple practice of pausing can make in the midst of a crazy busy day." two Practice mindfulness Mindfulness is like a gift of time — letting yourself slow down, be present, and experience life as it happens. "When you tune into the present moment, listen to the still, quiet voice inside that is always truthful and kind," says Cory Halaby, Wellesley-based certified life coach, yoga instructor, and reiki practitioner. She believes we can access joy at any time, and everyone can benefit from a meditation routine. three Evaluate, prioritize, and simplify Seixas suggests first taking a step back to evaluate your daily actions. She says that Stephen Covey's Time Management Matrix™ is a useful sorting process. His tools maximize productivity and eliminate unnecessary activi- ties. Create your own template to explore your time usage before considering where to make changes. This tech- nique allows effective prioritizing. Seixas advises, "Keep it simple and achievable. Start where you are, take small steps, and build from there." Use career skills, such as planning, organizing, collaborating, delegating, and set- ting limits. If you feel stuck, set a timer for 20 minutes, then gradually increase. Make tasks more manageable. four Establish work boundaries Creating balance means establishing work limits, especially after hours. Limit email checking. Let calls go to voicemail. Stop texting. Commit to enjoying personal time. Barring urgency, reconnect in the morning. Thinking of forfeiting some vacation days? Don't! Halaby says, "You can set boundaries. Make choices based on what matters to you." five Build support Hesitate asking for support? Halaby proposes thinking You cherish the gifts you've been given and count your blessings. Still, jam-packed days with competing priorities can be challenging. Read these tips to help restore your balance and joy. ( L I V I N G A M O R E J O Y F U L L I F E ) 10 tips for… J I L L C A S C A R A N O WRITER 24 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 M E D I A B A K E R Y

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