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Brian Dyson, the former President and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, during his speech at the Georgia Tech 172nd Commencement in 1996 stated: 'Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them: work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you're keeping all of these in the air.

'You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.'

In a fast paced world, particularly in a changing professional climate there are many responsibilities to juggle. Naturally at different stages in life varying 'balls' will take priority.

Self-awareness is key to finding your own balance. With a non-stop busy schedule it is very easy to overlook your needs. This has a direct effect on your well-being, interactions and patient care. Some tips to help keep those balls in the air:

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    Prioritise what is important. This is different for everyone - what do you value the most? Ask yourself what needs attention right now.

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    Ask for help. Avoid compromising patient care.Communicate with your team, friends and family.

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    Minimise activities that sap your time or energy. More time will be available to do things that re-energise you.

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    A little relaxation goes a long way. Build activities into your schedule that are important to you. Spend an hour a week doing something that you enjoy.

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    Act. Action will make all the difference.

By Surinder Poonian

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