Calm in the Chaos - Tips for Better Work Life Balance

Self-Care Matters


Look at your calendar and what do you see? Lots of meetings with clients? Lots of activities for your kids that require you to be the taxi driver? Are there any activities for your self-care?
take care of yourself

by Jamie Spannhake

April 05, 2022


Calm in the Chaos - Tips for Better Work Life Balance

Self-Care Matters


Look at your calendar and what do you see? Lots of meetings with clients? Lots of activities for your kids that require you to be the taxi driver? Are there any activities for your self-care?

by Jamie Spannhake

April 05, 2022


take care of yourself

Life can be hectic. This is exactly why we must make time for self-care. Your personal and professional success depends on your physical and mental health. A stressed, unhealthy person with a lack of focus is less likely to be successful.

Related Content: Finding Your Calm in the Chaos & Five Traits of Great Lawyers with Jamie Jackson Spannhake, on XL Legal Podcast

In fact, regular self-care promotes success, for you, your firm, and your family.

Here are ideas for self-care that can you can fit into any schedule, no matter how busy.

Exercise at Home

A few essential pieces of home gym equipment that offer versatility will ensure you get an efficient and effective workout before you head to the office, or perhaps during your lunch break from you home office. If you don’t have the space or the budget for a home gym, try “wall workouts.” With these simple exercises, the only equipment you need is a wall!

Related Content: How to Fit a Regular Workout into Your Busy Day, by Angela Han

Breathing Techniques for Relaxation

Mindful and deliberate breathing exercises reduce stress and relax the mind and body, reducing stress. Stress reduction leads to health benefits, such as a healthier immune system response, lower blood pressure, and decreased risk of heart disease. Simple breathing exercises are especially powerful tools to calm your body and mind in tense situations, such as heated negotiations or arguments.

Related Content: Mindfulness Matters: 5 Ways to Focus on the Now

Sleep: the Ultimate Self-Care

Sleep is the most important part of your self-care routine. In fact, sleep is the foundation for all good health.

This is why “burning the candle at both ends” and skimping on sleep is not a good recipe for health. Lack of sleep can raise stress hormone levels, especially cortisol, causing health problems such as weight gain and fatigue. Make it a habit to be well-rested.

Related Content: Who Has Time to Sleep? You Do!

Bring Relaxation into Your Physical Space

You can reduce stress and anxiety simply by creating a physical space that is relaxing. Remove sources of stress, such as clutter and disorganization. Bring nature into your space to benefit from the relaxation that nature can provide. Let natural light shine in. Bring in a plants and hang artwork of nature. 

Related Content: Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

By mindfully incorporating self-care activities into your day, you can ensure self-care is a habit. Once you’ve prioritized and established your self-care routines, you can start thriving in your busy life. 

Want more? Check out my book The Lawyer, the Lion, & the Laundry: Three Hours to Finding Your Calm in the Chaos. Use code "CALM" at checkout for 20% off!

I'd love to hear what you're doing and how things are going. I always enjoy meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. Let's chat.

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