The Key Steps for Building Work Life Harmony

The Key Steps for Reducing Stress & Building Work Life Harmony

Would you like to have more confidence and harmony with your working life? If so let us help you.

In this day and age everyone is busy – either busy with our day jobs or busy creating new opportunities for change. It takes time and energy to carry out our daily missions to earn money, especially if we want to kick start a new adventure to pursue the work or creative activities we are passionate about.

The question is how can we create change if we feel consistently stressed, tired and overwhelmed with the current working situation? Well there are certainly ways to overcome these challenges which are revealed in this video.

Here I interview the “Stress Expert” Mike Cayenne where we talk about the causes of work-related stress and how to best manage it.  We also share fun, simple and helpful techniques to help:

1) Alleviate overwhelm and stress to boost work-life harmony and happiness

2) Build the strength and energy to pursue a creative passion or new career – regardless of the current working situation.

So are you ready? Press the play button to continue. We look forward to engaging with you on this topic 🙂

About Mike Cayenne

Mike Cayenne PictureMike is a trained Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner.

Mike’s aim is to bring awareness to how stress can affect a person’s health should they not address it early on. Having spent over 10 years in the fast paced environment within the financial sector he decided after being diagnosed with Crohns Disease, he would need to change his lifestyle. He spent many years working under extreme pressure, but did not initially recognise the signs that he was suffering, which is why he is on a mission to help people avoid a similar experience.

What do you think about this topic?

Share with us your views on the subject and any questions you would like us to answer (use the comments box below). What’s the best stress management advice you have ever given and received? If you found this video helpful, send a link to this video to at least two friends. It’s inspirational and helpful.

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A moment’s thought – The Art of Gratitude

 “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”— Oprah Winfrey

It’s well known that people who are grateful for what they already have attract more of what they desire in life. This is because they are able to hold the energy and strength to positively deal with anything that comes their way. Gratitude also improves problem solving skills and creativity, which is key for working towards an ideal business opportunity or career. By being grateful for everything we have in life creates harmony. This in turn allows us to accept, learn and adapt much faster in comparison to allowing our creative energy to be sapped by inner conflict and resistance. So love and appreciate everything in life and abundance will flow with your intentions 🙂

Read the video transcript

Now don’t forget…

1  Share with us your views on the subject and any questions you would like us to answer.

2  If you found this video helpful, send a link to this video to at least two friends. It’s inspirational and helpful.

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About The Author

Paul Grout

I'm an coach and author of Creative Flow Evolution here to help you tap into your creative talents and natural flow to build a life you love.


  • Paul Grout

    Reply Reply July 23, 2013

    You rock Michael

  • Khrystle

    Reply Reply August 13, 2013

    Great video on such an amazing topic! I pay attention to my body all the time and that has changed my life. I am capable of realizing what is working for me and what isn’t just by being aware (like what Mike was saying). Totally relate! Very informative! Thanks for sharing!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 14, 2013

      Hey Khrystie, thank you for your support. You certainly picked out one of the most important topics mentioned in the video. Mike was certainly able to recover from his illness by paying close attention to his body. Its great to see how people grow in new directions when they are truly connected.

  • Jo

    Reply Reply August 13, 2013

    Love the reference to Deepak Chopra – I just finished reading his 7 Spiritual Laws of Success and working on my inner world to create an outer world of less stress 🙂

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 14, 2013

      Hey Jo, thank you. I actually listen to a lot of Deepak Chopra audios. Have you checked out his latest meditation programme – 21-Day Meditation Challenge—Miraculous Relationships? The book you suggest certainly sounds interesting. I will check it out for sure 🙂

  • Michael

    Reply Reply August 13, 2013

    Stress management is such a big issue in today’s world. It seems like we’re supposed to be able to work, make a living, play, make time for our loved ones, etc and somehow manage all of it. No one tells us how to do this. We’re left to figure it all out on our own. Thanks for talking about this issue and providing real solutions! For me, the best way to manage stress is to know the things that make me feel good and bring me peace and to do them as a ritual every day. These are a combination of writing my gratitude in a journal, yoga, running outside, taking frequent breaks throughout the day and doing the most important task first thing in the morning. All of these things bring me energy. I call them my foundation. Any time I stray from doing these, my day feels ‘off’ and just doesn’t go as good as it could.

    Thanks for taking on this important issue!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 14, 2013

      Hi Michael it sounds to me as if you are really on top of stress management. I totally agree with you. Doing stuff that makes us feel good everyday is so important. The foundations of keeping the momentum certainly involves the need to keep nurturing our bodies 🙂

  • Wendy

    Reply Reply August 14, 2013

    I really need to work on some of these tips. my life has been really stressful for a while now.

    The relaxing music is one I always forget about and doing the hardest task first. I’ma procrastinator which causes me more stress in the meantime 🙁

    Great tips! Great post! Here’s to an emotionally better future!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 14, 2013

      Hi Wendy, thank you for your comments. Hey by the way I really enjoyed your post on your blog. The tips we share on the video is purely from life lessons. You may well enjoy my recent “Nature’s Spirit of Creativity” Video. I created this with a collection of images during my recent trips to Wales, along with a soft relaxing piano track. I love playing the piano because it helps me relax and be in the creative zone at the same time 🙂

  • Justin Harmon

    Reply Reply August 14, 2013

    Some really great tips in here. I myself need to work on doing more of the walking away for a while. I can get so caught up in what I’m doing online, I just sit, which leads to only doing the work I need to get done for a while before I end up aimlessly wandering the web. I have been “trying” to get in the habit of only doing 30 minutes at a time. I’m really bad at drinking water. Although that’s all I really drink, I don’t get thirsty very often and have to force myself to get a drink. All of it does play a crucial role though for sure. I know if I’m not feeling well physically, I suffer mentally and I get very little done.

    Good stuff man!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 17, 2013

      Hey Justin. I use to keep working with breaks and certainly had to learn the hard way eventually. Now what I find is that when I take advantage of regular small breaks away from the computer and lunch time breaks at work. I find myself able to free the subconscious to give me the best ideas for solutions. I find when we allow our minds to relax it provides the brain the opportunity to fix puzzles & find the solutions we need to be more productive. I also find that well timed breaks are important to maintain the energy and flow of productivity. Keep up the excellent work.

  • Brooklyn

    Reply Reply August 15, 2013

    As much as I think I pay attention to my body’s needs, it is the times that are really stressful when I need to pay closest attention to what my body is saying, that I forget all about it.

    I like the idea of having the balance so the stresses don’t make me get to the point where I could get really sick or injured. I have learned that the only way to make balance work is to plan it into my daily activities. Otherwise I am full on focused and end up crashing!

    Lovely tips and perspective on balance thank you for sharing this with us!


    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 16, 2013

      Hey Brooklyn, I also pay attention to my body. I agree its easy to just focus on the work in order to get things done. I find that sticking to a routine of exercise and giving myself short breaks every 30 minutes away from the computer really helps. Simple stretching exercises can make a big difference. I certainly take full advantage of my lunch breaks at work because I find it gives me more energy to be productive in the afternoon. Thank you Brooklyn.

  • Kate

    Reply Reply August 15, 2013

    Paul, this is fantastic. So many people are disconnected from their bodies and the signals they are trying to send us. Especially when sitting all day, and then we wonder why we are tired and achy and not feeling good! Thank you for bringing to light just how pervasive stress can be in our lives, as well as offering some really great ways to start to shift away from constant stressors! Rock on.

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 16, 2013

      Hey Kate, I agree unfortunately many people do not listen to their bodies. I am amazed with how many people I have seen work with continuous unhealthy postures whilst at their workstations. A straight and well supported back actually enhances the blood flow to the head which in turn helps keep more alert and focused. I have even seen people actually grow into their postures after years of abuse. I always encourage my friends to keep a straight stance 🙂

  • Michaela Cristallo

    Reply Reply August 15, 2013

    Loved the in depth video Paul, great to get some insights from an expert on this!

    I find myself feeling stressed sometimes and particularly when doing creative work I find it really drains me. I can’t think clearly and it’s really difficult to get anything done. I do incorporate some of the things you mention but could definitely make more of a conscious effort with this!

  • Paul Grout

    Reply Reply August 16, 2013

    Hi Michaela, I am glad you have enjoyed the video. I also understand how stress comes along with our creative missions. I get super enthusiastic with my work and sometimes have to remind myself to keep cool. The best creative work I do for sure is when I am relaxed and focused on the task in hand and not the outcome. Look forward to hearing more from you Michaela and keep up the good work!

  • Susan

    Reply Reply August 17, 2013

    Paul and Mike, that is an excellent video on a lot of helpful stress-lowering ideas. I relate a lot to Mike as a fellow sufferer of a chronic illness. I have had to put all of those ideas and more into practice because of my illness. Mindfulness while doing chores turns them into meditation practice. Also sitting meditation and guided meditations are helpful.

    Because of my narcolepsy, I have a high risk of developing diabetes, so I eat a plant-based diet to head that off. Some supplements are really helpful to me, especially vitamins D, K, and B, magnesium, and potassium. Exercise is crucial, and music is always a great way to relax. Recently I learned Reiki, and that has made me even more aware of what’s going on in my body, and has helped me immensely in fighting off migraines.

    Thanks for the great video!

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 17, 2013

      Hi Susan, it sounds like you have really taken control. You are right every little step matters to the lower stress response. Supplements are certainly helpful in fact I ensure that I boost up with Vitamin C & B during the heat of the moment. If you enjoy music in particular I have some soft relaxing piano music available via my newsletter subscription which I created because I love playing the piano. Playing the keyboard relaxes me big time. Thank you Susan 🙂

  • Renee Beauvais

    Reply Reply August 17, 2013

    Thanks Paul! Good insight, “Now, one of the key lessons that I’ve
    learned is that all stress, in fact, derives from inner conflict and inner
    resistance, which is created by choice always.”

    Most don’t even realize they are conflicted and in resistance. Awareness is key. Every moment of our lives is a choice – and that is where our power is!

    Thank you for a “Beautiful Day”, 🙂

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 17, 2013

      Hi Renee, totally spot on. There is always a choice for how we perceive the experiences & react and manage the outcome. Boy there has been plenty of times in my life where I could have reacted differently because the way I felt at the time. For sure my awareness kept me in good practice so I am grateful I made supportive choices at the right time. I believe that the universe provides the right challenges at the right time for us to grow in a direction to support our highest intentions. So its entirely up to us to decide what to do with the opportunities presented. Nice one Renee and have a great day yourself 🙂

  • Paula

    Reply Reply August 17, 2013

    Hey, this is so on point for me. I am in a job that I just know is not right for me and i’ve come to the point that no job will be right for me as I want to work for myself. But I have come to realise that this job is a stepping stone (like you said) to my new passion and business – so I need to stop stressing about how rubbish my current situation is and be grateful that I have a job that will fuel me enough to get to where I want to be. Loved this Paul – its a struggle sometimes but like you say it’s mind over matter. Thank you

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 17, 2013

      Hey Paula, yes you are so right. My biggest lessons came with learning how to deal with highly pressurised jobs. I still to this day work within a very demanding role to earn a living. I have always enjoyed a challenge and certainly had to develop the habit of being grateful regardless of how stressful the job in hand has been. There is an amazing book you may like called “how to get what you want and want what you have” by John Gray. This book changed my live forever. Thank you for sharing with us Paula.

  • Jesicka Labud

    Reply Reply August 18, 2013

    Hey Paul, great video and post~ watching the video I realized how crazy it is that so many people just need to take time off from work not for leisure but purely to manage and deal with work-related stress. I totally know where that is coming from… I was in the corporate world in the architecture/construction business for 7+ years and the workforce is almost always fear-driven instead of passion driven. This bothered me a lot.

    One point the Mike made in the video that I totally agree with is to ask yourself why you took that job in the first place. There was always the inner reason that fades away after lack of communication and clarity remove it from your mind. It was one thing that kept me sane while working in that world. Another thing that helped me cope with stress was my consistent Bikram yoga practice. Especially on the days when I caught the class before work. After work is nice, but before work classes really get your mind ready for anything, like a anti-stress machine.

    • Paul Grout

      Reply Reply August 21, 2013

      Hey Jesicka, I can totally relate. I have also worked within fear driven organisations and have witnessed how such environments can decrease the effectiveness of productivity. When the workplace becomes too stressful with over bearing workloads the efficiency of employees often decreases. I believe it is important for everyone to strengthen their time management skills as it is fundamental practice for coping. The ability to be flexible and re-prioritise tasks is so important. I really enjoy meditation and can fully understand how Yoga would certainly help 🙂

  • Mike Cayenne

    Reply Reply August 24, 2013

    It’s great to see how many of you have found ways to reduce stress. The key part to this is, finding what works for you and keep building on that.

    There are many things that we can do to help ourselves whether that is, listening to music, going to a park to enjoy what nature has given us or watching a movie that makes us laugh our socks off. So, whatever it is that helps you reduce stress, keep doing it.

    Not sure what works for you? Cast your mind back to a time when you felt relaxed and stress free, what did you do then, that you don’t do now?

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