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Work – Life Balance

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Work-Life Balance

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By FAVIOLA "THE CEO HUSTLER" VALENCIA

Work-Life Balance is so important in today’s modern world, do you agree?

 

Do you also agree that our lives are constantly up/down, left/right and we are constantly struggling to achieve the “comfortable work-life balance”…

“In business and in life we must have work-life balance in order to be happy and avoid the daily stresses of life and business” – Faviola

Do you know that part of the problem is that:

  1. Technology has REMOVED all boundaries between work and home.
  2. That we are so focused on building an “Empire” vs focusing on what’s important “family, friends, ourselves”.
  3. And we spend more hours at work, business vs our home and family.

 

“According to a blog provided by (JodyMichael.com) a recent study, 65 percent of employees said that their manager expects them to be reachable outside of the office; one in five survey respondents reported working 20 or more hours per week on their own time.

 

While a growing number of companies are recognizing the many benefits of work-life balance, it remains up to you to keep the scale in check.”

At what point do we say “enough is enough”, it’s time to focus on me, my family, friends and NOT so MUCH on money and work that we lose focus on what’s important!

 

In my line of work I see this happening so much day in/day out and like I mentioned before I’m guilty of this myself!

 

I was just like many of you – focusing on “work, work, work” instead of focusing on my kids and family…But I’m one of the lucky ones…

  1. Our kids turned out OK (Good abiding citizens)
  2. Thank God our kids are well behaved (at least when at home)
  3. My kids are doing good (sports, Navy, Trade work)…BUT

 

Not many families can say the same…Many of you;

  1. Are dealing with your kids being depressed, sad, misbehaving, etc
  2. Don’t have time for your kids and therefore are acting up
  3. Have kids with bad behavior, or are struggling with your kids

 

Now I get it for many of us business owners, professionals, freelancers a work-life balance is incredibly important, but sometimes hard to achieve, but we also know that it’s important for happiness, productivity, and effectiveness at work. 

 

In my years (decades) as a business owner, wife and mother to 4 children (9, 15, 18, 23) achieving the right balance between business and lifestyle will not only give you the best chance of strong performance at work but also help you to maintain a healthy relationship.

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The point to this post and video is that as a parent and business owner, it is our responsibility to care for our families regardless of the amount of work we or how tired we are, or how much we have on our plate. 

 

Our FIRST job and responsibility are to take care of ourselves, SECONDLY, you have to take care of your family and LASTLY create a WORK-LIFE BALANCE in order to achieve our goals!

 

Here are some basic SIMPLE TIPS to consider…

  1. Plan and prioritize your Day for both Work and Home
  2. Design a “Work-Free” zone and a “Work” zone 
  3. You must Create and Stick to the time designated for your Business and Family
  4. Create a budget and live within your means, so your not stressed and overworked trying to make ends meet
  5. Don’t overextend yourself and take more than what you can handle

 

As parents, our job is our family and it’s our responsibility to embed good values, respect, and it’s our responsibility to care and mentor our children.  Teachers are there to help, but it’s NOT their responsibility to raise our kids!

We live in a horrible time and I ask that you take some time and reevaluate yourself, your life, your business and ask yourself…

 

“Am I living and doing the right thing, Am I providing my family the love and support and care that they need, Am I overworking myself and un attending my family for money, Is my priority my family or my business or both and can I create my Life-Work balance, Am I ready to make changes for the best benefits for myself, my family and business”…

Entrepreneurship

Your Voice; Keeping it Healthy

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If you work as an Interpreter, Dispatcher or even in a call center, your job depends on your “voice”, and you are considered an occupational voice user.
Meaning, you are “The Voice” and that is your tool and the most valuable tool you have in order to convey and get your job done.
So, whether your an Interpreter, Conference Interpreter, Dispatcher, or work in a call center, or as a scheduler, your voice is your only link with the customer, correct?
So, it’s important that you take care of your voice and that you maintain a healthy voice in order to get the job done.

Because just as neat professional attire is essential for face-to-face interactions, having a clear voice is essential for your day-to-day business operations.
A hoarse voice from an Interpreter, or call center agent (CCA), dispatcher carries the same negative impression as a worn-out outfit and can detract from building credibility and or doing your job the right way, do you agree?

 

Little Story: A few years back I was doing a Conference appointment for the State, I actually had a team interpreter (who was sick) and was coughing up a storm.  Having a sick interpreter onsite who’s unable to do his/her job (use their voice to speak) not only did it affect the overall assignment, but it was a major distraction and also put on more stress on me, because I had to complete the job myself because my partner was sick with laryngitis.

 

So a healthy voice is crucial, but because you are constantly talking and using your voice to do your job and if you don’t take care of your voice, you are at risk for damaging your voice and developing hoarseness.

 

A 2002 study on voice problems among CCAs reported voice problems in 31 percent of CCAs, with several negative outcomes, including:

  • Increased sick days
  • Fewer calls per hour
  • More breaks away from the phone
  • Needing to repeat themselves
  • Needing to force the voice out

Overall, Interpreters, Dispatchers, CCAs with voice problems are bad not only for the CCAs, Interpreters, Dispatchers, Schedulers, and those who use their Voice to work but at the end of the day it’s bad for business.

I’ve learned from some Voice experts who now think that voice problem is a form of repetitive motion injury because the vocal cords are being injured by overuse, similar to the way data entry personnel may develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Did you know that when we talk, the vocal cords vibrate about 200 times a second for women and about half that for men? That can add up to more than a million cycles of vibration during a workday at a call center causing vocal injury this is also true for singers, interpreters, dispatchers, call centers, etc.

 

As a professional conference interpreter who’s constantly working and who uses her voice to work, it is so important to take care of your voice!

True Story: About 4 years ago (I was a major workaholic) 🤔😊working all day, every day and would not take breaks in between and didn’t like working with other colleagues (I had bad experiences with other agency interpreters), so I was working for a whole straight month non-stop during the winter months and around November while working at a conference my Voice literally starting squeaking, I could NOT Speak, my voice started sounding horsy like, my chest started to hurt, my throat was just feeling horrible, I started to sweat, got dizzy and literally passed out! Apparently, I had walking pneumonia and laryngitis and was in the hospital! I failed to listen to my body, I was just so excited about the work, I love what I do and was just “Go-go-go” non-stop that my body finally gave out in the middle of an assignment!  This little scenario ended up costing me months being out of work until I was able to get my Voice back and recuperate from this horrible experience!

So yes, dear interpreters, dispatchers, CCAs, Schedulers and all of you who use your work to fulfill your responsibilities TAKE CARE OF YOUR “VOICE”!

Here are some recommendations and things that I do and have done so since this episode.

Posture

Taking frequent breaks and being able to move around is so important because it reduces the tension in your body and will prevent you from having other joint/muscle problems.

Breaks

Taking frequent breaks will give your voice muscle a rest, so try to rest your voice – meaning no talking, or drinking cold drinks.

Voice Pacing

Voice scientists advise those who use their Voice to work “to think of voice pacing on three levels:

  • Breaks within phone calls
  • Breaks between phone calls during the workday
  • Breaks between workdays”

Tips

Besides posture, breaks, and vocal pacing, you must also practice good voice hygiene. These tips have helped me keep the throat moist and free from irritation so that my vocal cords are less likely to be injured:

  • Drinking lots of (room temperature) water (or non-caffeinated liquid) during the day.
  • Keep water with you at all times.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are drying to the throat.
  • Avoid excess coughing and throat clearing.
  • Don’t smoke! Smoking causes irritation and can lead to cancer and other health-related problems.
  • Don’t work if you have a hoarse voice due to a cold or upper respiratory infection.
  • Seek medical attention to manage any medical conditions that can cause throat irritation including acid reflux, postnasal drainage, allergies, asthma, and endocrine conditions, etc.
  • Avoid dry interior climates
  • Avoid high-risk areas they are known to cause damage to your voice.
  • Eat good and moist meals and avoid spicy foods, they cause acid reflux or GERD
  • Use a humidifier in your room or home, especially in dry climates.
  • Avoid mouthwash (it contains alcohol), if you need to gargle use lukewarm saltwater
  • Take vitamins or eat fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins, A, E, and C
  • Drink lemon tea with honey (instead of  coffee)
  • I made my own paste that I add to my teas and helps with phlegm and it also has helped me from getting sick; it includes:
    • Ginger
    • Honey
    • Coconut oil
    • Pepper, etc…I will include the paste recipe in my next food meal article.

Get Help Early; Listen to Your Body

Seek medical attention early don’t wait until you have lost your voice to seek medical help.

Pay attention to the signs that your voice is getting tired such as– dry throat, raw or tired feeling in the throat, increased mucus in the throat, feeling like talking takes more effort, feeling throat strain — in addition to a raspy or hoarse voice.NIDCD-TakingCareOfYourVoice-Figure1

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Seizure Control Through The Atkins Diet

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Eat healthy foods that suit you. (High fiber is not everyone’s ideal diet and may also cause problems if have got diverticulitis, an excessive fiber can provide a bloated feeling and flatulence, a little extra cash only unpleasant for you but anti-social besides!).

But let’s not constantly focus on what you can’t have – it is totally depressing! ketogenic weight loss Visualize all it is possible to merrily enjoy! There is a lot still left on the platter – low-starch vegetables and fruits, meats, dairy products, etc. All types of meat and also eggs are allowed except for the liver. You can experience seafood like fish and shellfish without guilt pangs! While potatoes and corn may be a no-no, purchase still enjoy low-sugar as well as fruit low-starch leafy veggies!

Ads for the Mediterranean diet claim it is possible to “eat the contraptions want” and “never feel hungry.” That sounds great, but ideas that sound simple to be true often are.

Glutamine – Glutamine is actually an amino acid solution. Glutamine supplements boost your recovery and muscle healing time after a workout, which helps you build muscles more speedily.

The 1 staple and well-known regarding protein ultimately nutrition world is chicken breast. Chicken breast has great nutritional enjoy. It contains high protein and little fat. 100g of chicken contains twenty-nine .6g of protein, 7.7g of fat and zero carbs. Chicken and beef are perfect foods regarding any ketogenic diet.

Many exhaustive studies happen to made of diet, ketogenic Total Tone Diet Reviews and yes it even consistently produces lower triglycerides, lower hypotension, and lower blood carbohydrates. And it always shows a lower risk of getting diabetic with.

Set reasonable and attainable goals. Like I said before, putting on fat is inevitable when you are trying to obtain weight. Not all of your gains can be muscle. But, your goal should be to limit fat gains while maximizing muscle gains. If you gain 10 lbs, but only 4 lbs of usually are fat, I’d personally call in which a resounding final result.

Liquids. Liquids are best your body not just in hydrating, maintaining one’s body temperature and flushing away toxins. Flushing away toxins removes impurities from the body and assists the body in functioning normally and this not only increases your metabolism as well as helps in burning more fat.

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