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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25 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e about how good it feels to help others. She says, "If you ask people for help, consider it a gift for them. Let them feel joy in helping someone." Seixas recommends that "When you're trying to make a change for more balance and joy, you'll probably need support because it can be difficult to counter our culture's drumbeat of go-go-go. Find people who are on the same page (not every- one is!). Join a group, or find just one "balance buddy" who understands the changes you're try- ing to make. Work together to keep each other motivated and on track." six Curb social media If social media is interfering with your drive to accomplish priorities and activities, then limit usage. Shut down apps on all devices for designated time periods. Catch up later. seven Kindly say no Whether it's a co-worker asking you to lead an extra project or your child's teacher asking you to organize another class party, it's OK to respectfully say "no." Stop accepting every request and dis- cover how your work/life balance improves. eight Add in wellness Make time for activities you enjoy doing with family or friends. Ideas include nature walks, hikes, bike rides, healthy cooking, sports, or arts and crafts. Practice yoga and make it a part of your weekly routine. nine Nourish yourself Practice self-kindness and positive affirmations. Attend inspiring community events. Get a massage or soak in a warm bath. Light candles. Play soft music. Read a good book. Enjoy your beautiful children! Appreciate sunsets and starry nights. ten Laugh often A good belly laugh feels fantastic. Laughter is the most natural coping mechanism. Avoid constantly taking yourself (or others) too seriously. Keep circumstances in perspective. Cut your stress with harmless, laughable moments! M E D I A B A K E R Y

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