How my health drama led to work life balance

I am an advocate for living a balanced life, but that was not the case from the on set. Work life balance was never a thing I considered. Even though it’s actually life balance, since work is part of life.  When I get passionate about a project, an idea or something, I tend to dive in with all that I have. This often results in massive results at the detriment of my own wellbeing. After such projects, I tend to be so exhausted. What lacked the most is my health, my family and my peace. My work-life balance concept was work to survive.

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No time to live, that was me!

I have barely no time to eat well, no time to move my body as I often sit before a laptop or the computer. Even getting to bed early with my spouse became a challenge. My lifestyle resulted in several illnesses and the doctor was like – Well you start with these drugs! Hell no, I thought! I knew that this lifestyle had to stop immediately! I had to change everything.  But I still wanted to continue my passion, my work. How would this be possible? What self improvement approach do I need to employ to achieve a life balance? The first solution was for me to take over 6 medications to get better. Check out me sharing this story on my YouTube channel and see some real pictures/footage.

The documentary that changed my life

But as I read the medications from my practitioner, I realised that I might end up even worse afterwards, because the side effect was more severe than my condition. The big question hit me after I watched a short documentary about health. I saw myself as a protagonist in the documentary and wondered if there was a link between what I ate and how I felt, as that was the approach in the documentary. By the way, the documentary is called “Forks over knives” – a must watch! It captured my attention.

I got even more serious about this new approach. What if I can do without these drugs? A disclaimer here – If your condition needs instant medical attention, then visit your practitioner and go for it. In my case, my health condition would not kill me the next week, so I had an opportunity here. I spent the next week’s reading, researching about health, nutrition, movement and mindfulness. I stumbled upon many articles, books, audio books and more documentaries that spoke to my heart. I was so passionate about getting more knowledge because I wanted to take control of my own self improvement and define what work-life balance or life balance means to me and my family.

What’s the next step of action?

Questions started popping up in my thoughts. My mind! It had been overloaded. I need to dejunk. My mental state, how do I feel? I began to look at my environment to see how I can change things to make me feel better. My kitchen was the place to start. I started training on nutrition for health and fitness. I am not a sport or fitness freak, ubt I wanted to learn the basics. As a mumpreneur, I needed to design a program that could fit into my new daily life. And that’s what I did.  I read a whole unit about deep health approaches. That was it! Yes, that was what I was trying to do. Articulated and structured, I happily began to study this amazing approach to work-life balance and self improvement.

More about deep health

In my next blog, I will share more understanding about what deep health is. So if you feel the way I did a couple of months ago, there is sunshine at the end of the tunnel. It has been a 15 months journey for me now and I am getting stronger, healthier and better everyday. My whole family is involved. I love this new me.

3 key  takeaways from this blog
  1. Listen to how you feel. Be sincere with yourself for that is true self love.
  2. Research and take control over the situation.
  3. It is a gradual process, so design your own program. No one-size-fits-all!

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading through my story to the end. I really appreciate it. Hope you liked it. If you did, remember to share this blog on social media. Yes, more free training and videos on this topic will be out this month on YouTube. Not to miss out,  subscribe and turn on the notification on Youtube. It would be nice if you follow me on instagram as I share daily strategies and personal fun stuff. I am on facebook as well but to get it all in one place, subscribe to my free newsletter. Drop your comments, questions, feedback beneath using the comment section and I will be happy to answer your questions in my next video or blog.

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I am Joana, a Nigerian-born Austrian-based entrepreneur and activist. Founded Joadre in 2012 and continue to develop content to engage and empower African SMEs.

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