We are sure you hear of the elusive term ‘work-life balance’ used all too much? Do you ever think its unattainable or that it doesn’t exist? Let’s hear from Rachel Dhanjal, a successful business owner / kinesiologist / hypnotherapist (find out more about this intriguing topic below!), who has nailed this elusive concept. She shares her tips and insights to maintain a happy, healthy and freedom-based lifestyle below – and how she got there.
Besides your own personal experiences, what else led you to starting your business?
To be honest I was never good at working for anyone else! My head was always up in the clouds, and my heart was never in the work I did, working for others. I always knew deep down since I was 15 that I would own my own business, and play by my own rules. One of my core values is freedom - freedom to do what I want when I want, without being chained to a desk 9 to 5, 5 days a week. I did that for 10 years, and I am never going back. This desire to be free, and wake up doing something I love and am truly passionate about everyday is a big part of why I own my own business today.
How do you attain a work/life balance?
Like everyone...I am still working on this elusive work/life balance. Some weeks I have it nailed, and other weeks I am working my butt off 12 hours a day... but instead now with regular breaks.
I burnt myself out 2 years ago, and that lesson has thankfully helped me to listen to my body with compassion, love and understanding. Instead of avoiding, blocking or drowning out my body’s messages, I now tune in regularly throughout the day. When my body is stressed I feel it, my heart races, I get tense, my breathing becomes shallow, I clench my jaw, and I get tired. Now I take regular breaks throughout my day, tune into my body to see what it needs and most importantly act on what it needs. It could be 15 minutes in the hammock in the sun, laying down taking 10 deep breaths, pausing and listening to my environment in silence, eating something wholesome, drinking water, going for a walk.
Creating balance is a daily habit, it requires constant work. Everyday is different and cultivating a healthy relationship with my body is number one. Tune in, listening, and acting on what it needs. Oh and planning 4 holidays a year, every 3 months helps too!
Sooo...something we are dying to know more about! What is hypnotherapy and what are the benefits of it?
When I tell people I use hypnosis, they often conjure up an image of a person being hypnotised on a stage and made to quack like a duck, or dance with a broomstick much to the amusement of the viewers. This looks like the person has no control at all of their actions. This is a myth! When you are under hypnosis, you are still in control of your actions and can hear everything around you. You are not being forced to act and say things against your will.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis as a tool to gently guide someone into a relaxed trance state. This relaxed state isn’t dissimilar to the point when you’re just about to fall asleep. The point between being totally awake and falling asleep. Your conscious mind is less active in this state, but still engaged.
Through hypnosis I guide my client into a deep relaxed state, and once in this state the unconscious mind is more easily open to the power of suggestion. These positive suggestions are embedded at the unconscious level supporting change with unhelpful and destructive behaviours like smoking, emotional eating, alcohol addiction etc. Hypnotherapists can use hypnosis to treat a wide range of conditions ranging from chronic pain to anxiety etc. I predominantly use hypnosis to support my clients in letting go of unhelpful addictive behaviours with ease, and adopting positive, beneficial, healthy behaviours instead!
What are some of your healthy rituals?
Because of the type of work I do it is important for me to be calm and centered for my clients. So I meditate 3 times a day, morning lunch and evening, and use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to let go of any pent up emotions or negative thoughts from the day. EFT takes only a few minutes and works wonders to let go of stress!
If you weren’t a Kinesiologist and life coach, what do you think you would be doing?
I would still definitely be doing something health related. Either yoga teacher, nutritionist or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner! I am passionate about everything wellness, and if I had enough hours in the day I would study all of these right now!
Are there any quotes that you live by? Or resonate closely to you? What is your life moto?
This quote by Steve Jobs still gives me goose bumps.
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become" - Steven Jobs
Always, always listen to your heart. You are the powerful creator of your own life, never forget that.