One phrase we’ve heard about a million times so far during our internships and class is “work/life balance.” Yeah, we all know that this means pacing our self and knowing when to focus on other things. Those who fail to master the work/life balance are the ones who have mental breakdowns, burn outs, and hate their jobs.
Based off this rhetoric, one would believe that the “life” part of work/life balance means sitting around relaxing and trying to think about anything but work. Today, I want to talk about a different aspect of this idea. I want to talk about how important it is to have fun!
Now that the sun is coming out (sporadically), it’s high time we started getting out there and enjoying all Oregon has to offer. While it’s nice to do things in the city, I’m focused more on the outdoorsy activities that take us into nature and give a glimpse of the greenery. Plus, physical activity lowers stress levels more effectively than sitting around your house trying not to think about how stressed you are!
For those of you like me who love swimming, here’s a round up of the best Portland-area swimming holes. Let’s plan a weekend day trip sometime to lay out in our bathing suits and not say a single thing about work all day! Anyone interested?
Another great stress-busting sun-loving activity is biking. Biking doesn’t always have to be about wearing spandex shorts and trying to break your time record on the 50-mile loop. It’s just as enjoyable (or I’d say more enjoyable) to meander slowly, using your bike as a means of transportation to explore this beautiful state. Local author Todd Roll recently published a great book, Pedal Portland, featuring 25 easy rides with tips about where to stop and grab a bite and brew along the way. No Spandex required!
I hope these quick ideas have inspired you all to get out there and have some fun! My line is always open if people want an adventure partner 🙂