Balancing Act

Having control is one of our greatest illusions, especially when it comes to our work-life balance. Balance suggests that we can attain equanimity, mental calmness and composure in both our personal and professional lives at the same time; but life usually interferes with our plans.

So, it’s not surprising that when individuals were asked if they were regularly distracted with thoughts about work when at home – or about home when at work – over 60 percent said that this was an ongoing challenge and a common source of stress. Whether it is an immediate or urgent issue, past fears or future worries, individuals often complain of not being fully present in either sphere.

During a recent mindfulness meditation training workshop, Diana, a successful real estate agent, noted that she often felt drained from the constant demands of her busy schedule, and felt guilty, out of control and distracted at both work and at home. “I often felt like I was mindlessly moving through time, going through the motions and missing out on joy,” she says.

During the workshop, Diana learned to reduce stress in the moment and redirect her attention to the task at hand. This enabled her to enjoy being with her clients and also with her family. Additionally, she noted that her focus, productivity and motivation increased because she was fully present in each area of her life.

Overall, participants who practiced mindfulness noticed a significant drop in their professional and personal distractions, and found that by paying attention to what’s going on around them, they were happier and performed better. 

Ultimately, mindfulness training allows us to manage our thoughts and to be more flexible. When we are calm, we can respond more effectively and thoughtfully. “I am now fully engaged with both my kids and my clients, which is more satisfying and effective for me,” Diana says. “By learning to stop and have focused intention, I have a better chance of being my best self.”

A flexible attitude is central to our well-being. By cultivating inner awareness and learning to manage our thoughts and expectations, mindfulness provides a valuable perspective on control. As we practice, we learn that we can best control our reactions by being present and thoughtful, and then allowing our personal and professional lives to unfold. We are then better able to joyfully and compassionately balance all areas of our lives. ?


Linda Janasz is a coach, researcher, journalist, Emmy winner and RYT 200 yoga instructor and holds a Ph.D. She created and teaches Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement (MMM) training that has helped hundreds of people find balance, meaning and success in an unbalanced world. Visit mindmedmove.com for more information.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.