Live to Work or Work to live?

By Danny Cavanaugh

I don’t think anyone expects to be a workaholic when they first start off in their respective career. However, I’ve seen coworkers and friends become attached to their work, so much that their health deteriorates and their personality changes.

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So, what is the proper work/life balance?

That is the question of the day isn’t it? You see, I think it depends on your values and beliefs. Just because someone is “married” to their work doesn’t mean they are a bad person and just because someone lives for their family more than work, doesn’t mean they are lazy.

Well, what’s the answer then?

The answer is up to you! Personally I’m a hard working, motivated individual who aspires to be a successful professional, however my family values and my belief in God is what I live for. That doesn’t mean I’m lazy, it means I know what I’m working for.

So, what’s the most important thing with your work and home life balance? Understand what you’re working for!

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If a company doesn’t understand your need for family time, find somewhere else to work. Understand how valuable you are to your work and your family! The biggest mistake we can make is not balancing both aspects of our lives and feeling regret later on in life.

Now, I’m just a graduating college kid who doesn’t have as much experience in life yet, but take it with a grain of salt. Everything we do in life is for a purpose.

With that said, when I’m asked in interviews.. what motivates me? How bland of a question is that! Are you talking about in my family life? Professional sector? Physical health? What motivates me is my family, God, drive for success, perseverance and dedication to every aspect of my life.

Remember, don’t work your life away because at the end of the day money is just a materialistic thing. Understand what’s really important in your life and work for that importance.. after all, our time here on earth is short lived… do you live to work or do you work to live?

What Stresses You Out?

By Danny Cavanaugh

It’s a Friday night and you just got home from work or school. You’ve worked hard all week and you look forward to the weekend ahead. However, stress in our lives can prevent happiness and relaxation during the weekend.

On February 28, 2017 I visited a booth put on by the PR debate team at Central Washington University. Their goal was to create awareness for stress that people face on a day-to-day basis.

I found this to be a particularly interesting subject because everyone faces stress at some point in their life.

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I don’t think people take stress as seriously as they should. I know that I will hide my stress and bottle everything up inside. However is that healthy? Most likely not.

It’s important to recognize your stress and figure out the cause of that stress. Maybe you’re stressed over a deadline at work? I know for myself I’m often stressed over deadlines because I procrastinate. Therefore, one way to solve that problem and relieve stress is to start projects earlier and have a plan of action in case something goes wrong.

What else relieves stress? Go to the gym! Do you ever feel more energized or happier after the gym? If so, it’s because when you workout, your body releases endorphin’s, which are “feel good” chemicals in our body.

As a result, it’s important to recognize your stress and what causes it. Also, it’s important to understand what can relieve your stress. Whether it’s better planning at work and school, or exercising during the week. These are all important steps to reduce stress in our daily lives. However, according to the debate team their are five signs stress is taking over your life. stick it to mental health

If at any point you experience one or all of these five signs, don’t be afraid to speak up about it. After all, this PRSSA debate team did an excellent job bringing stress and the awareness of stress to a greater light.

Don’t let stress damage your life!