Up here in the frozen north it’s pretty much a given that for the next few months, walking is not going to be a simple thing. Thanks to the steady accumulation of ice and snow, finding your footing won’t be easy ‘til Spring.
But we’re tough up here, and we’ve learned a few things about staying on our feet that I think can help people everywhere try to maintain their own work-life balance.
1) Watch Where You’re Going
If it looks kind of shiny up ahead, it’s probably ice, so be careful. This holds true when you’re trying to juggle a life and a career, too. If you know crunch time at work – or a busy time with your family – is coming, take action in advance to stay sane. Maybe that means cooking a giant batch of lasagna and freezing it for future dinners. Maybe it means putting in some extra hours now, so you can take off when it’s track season…
2) Work Your Proprioceptors
Your proprioceptors are specialized parts of nerve endings that help you know where your body is in space and where it’s going. I’ve been told that the better developed they are, the easier it is to keep your balance. There are proprioceptors in work-life balance, too. Maybe it’s the friend who puts your career dramas in perspective. Maybe it’s your kids who remind you of your priorities. Nurture those relationships, and they’ll help you keep your head screwed on straight. That’s a good way to keep your balance.
3) Don’t Overreact
When you’re driving in snow and start skidding, never slam on the brakes. (Hint to Southern drivers – This applies to you, too!) It’s also best to avoid sudden movements when you hit ice while walking. If you jerk back when you hit ice, you’ll likely jerk too far, over-correct and wind up sucking snow. This happens with life’s hassles, too. Try not to over-correct when you hit snags at the office or at home, and they’ll be less sudden falls in this area, too.
4) Try to Keep One Foot on Something Solid
When you’re walking along a snowy sidewalk, it’s helps if one foot is always on something pretty solid. That way, if you hit ice and feel your leg sliding away, you can shift your weight to where you’re connected and stay upright. At least most of the time. When you’re dealing with lots of pressures at work or home, try to keep grounded in some part of your life. That could mean sticking with your exercise program, taking a relaxing hot bath every night or making sure you eat dinner with your family on a regular basis. This can help you pull it back together until Spring comes.
by Danielle Dresden