Hello and welcome to our site.
We had realised for while that our lives have little balance. Like most people, we work five days a week, at least eight hours a day and get a short weekend to relax. It takes most of Saturday to unwind and, if we haven’t bitten each others heads off by then, we try to pack everything into Sunday with the usual “hurry sickness”. As a result our mental and physical wellbeing has suffered. Our moods are manic. We are either euphoric (Sunday morning), or depressed (most of the rest of the week). We find ourselves drinking more and exercising less. In short, we need to restore the harmony and find the ideal balance between work and play.
Many dream of leaving the rat race. We have spent hours researching ways to work for ourselves, get rich quick, and internet marketing techniques. I have even started a business and written a book. One thing is clear: unless you are very lucky it takes as much, if not more effort, to make ends meet when you work for yourself. There are few shortcuts and you can end up working harder than you would in a regular 9 to 5 job. The bonus is for every bit of effort you put in, you are the one receiving the rewards, not your boss or company owner. It also allows a level of flexibility. You can choose when to work and how much effort to put in with no one looking over your shoulder.
What is required is a little harmony. So this site was born out of our quest for this Shangri-la. We don’t profess to have found the answer yet. We would still like our own business to enable financial security and more flexibility, but not one that takes up all hours of the day. Who knows, if this website takes off we may have found it :).
It is difficult to be an expert in harmony (not sure there is a University course for this….yet!). Cathy, however, has a PhD in psychology, and a passion for improving mental health wellness. Her research covers how mental disorders develop over time, and involve extremes of emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. I am a Project Manager, my working life involves balancing costs, time and resources. So we have varied perspectives on the topic, but hope our visitors will engage and share their wisdom and ideas too.
So the posts you will find here relate to maintaining physical and mental wellbeing, as well as a work life balance. We will explore areas that can benefit from less see-sawing or boom and bust such as: finances, relationships, physical fitness, mental health, environment (we are nature enthusiasts too). In addition, we will explore how different cultures and philosophies place emphasis on leading a balanced life.
We aim to develop a community that can share ideas on these topics. Occasionally we may go off at a tangent and explore wider topics.
Cathy and Steve