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What Quarantine Taught Me about a Healthy Work-Family Balance

by Jodie Calvert on Monday 29 June 2020

 

I have been in the fitness industry for close to two decades, having started my journey as a fitness professional, and then moving into personal training.

Since joining the Virgin Active team a decade ago, I have since found a passion for movement, balance and wellness. Over the past few years this has led me on an amazing journey into the learning and instructing of Pilates and yoga.

Outside of work I am a mum of two busy kids. Achieving a work-family balance is no mean feat!

We had many quarantine 2020 learnings but, I found that the forced time at home sped up the learning process on what it takes to truly maintain a healthy work-family balance, no matter if you’re in quarantine or not.

I love this Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms: a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person. Based on this idea, here are some of our learnings:

  • Daily Routines: With our kids we discovered the importance of adding a little structure to the day. This helps us and the kids understand what it going to happen and, we find that we all feel better when we have things to look forward to throughout the day. 
  • Creating Goals: I also found that creating little goals for each kid led to us acknowledging wins more often, and found that achieving these goals benefits everyone. These can be as simple as making beds, helping with clean ups, or completing 5 minutes of non-stop dance time. 
  • Get Active: Planning activities that are both active, enjoyable and that give you a sense of achievement is important. For me and my kids, living near a National Park, I have found that bush walking is not only a way to get us off devices, but also a path into nature, which can be used for moving meditation, exercise or stress release.  
  • Healthy Eating: Planning and doing food preparation for the day or week helps to nourish your body. Nutrition is such an important component of holistic health, for the body, mind and spirit. If you're able to get everyone involved in some part of the main meal preparation, set up or clean up, this should lead to more structured and positive family interactions.  
  • Switch Off: Lastly put your work away for the evening, switch off and close the door to the study. It is already too easy for work to cross over into your personal life in this day and age, with easy access to mobile phones and computers. “Closing the door to the study” for you could mean shutting down your computer, turning off your email or stashing your phone away. Ensure that you prepare in order to allow time for those other important aspects of your life.  

Jodie Calvert is a Personal Trainer, Reformer Pilates, Yoga  and Barre Instructor at our Virgin Active Frenchs Forest location. If you’d like to train with Jodie, talk to us here

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