Life balance. . . achieved over years, says a Mother and Nobel Prize Winner

Elizabeth Blackburn In a recent Good Housekeeping article, Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., scientist, Nobel Prize winner and mother, talked about the importance and near-impossibility of achieving work/life balance all the time, throughout your life.

“I think life balance is much better achieved over years or decades,” she says. “There are times when you are going to have to intensely be a mother and times when you have to work, when the dishes won’t be done.”

This from a Nobel Prize winner. Elizabeth grew up in Australia and she is a leader at the forefront of the battle against cancer and aging. In the article, she explains that our chromosomes have or should have healthy tips called telomeres and when those tips break down our bodies are more suspectible to cancers. 

“Chronic severe psychological stress makes them (telomeres) were down. By ‘severe stres,’ I mean something like taking care of a spouse with Alzheimers.”

In the article she explains that exercise and meditation help release and relieve stress and may also help to prevent cancer.

Amazing. Here is a scientist, who is also a mother, who has worked to uncover some of the mysteries behind a deadly killer of men and women. You hate to hear that diet and exercise are the cure because it sounds so simple. But in our fast paced life, nothing is ever as simple as it should be.

So we need to take care of ourselves.  We need to learn to breathe. Mediate.  Relax. 

Click here for four and a half minutes of a relaxation video.

Here’s more information on deep breathing and the benefits from Dr. Andrew Weil.

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