“I’m very calm by nature, which keeps me even-keeled during moments of crisis. As much as I have an early start on most days, I always try to squeeze in an element of calmness. For instance, I enjoy burning my Jo Malone candle while getting ready in the morning – its aroma always helps set the mood for the day. I also start my mornings with worship music as I find that it energises me,” shares 7de Laan executive producer, Moja Love shareholder and chairperson of the Arthritis Foundation of South Africa Thandi Ramathesele. In-between the many career hats that she wears, this media maven swears by the following tried-and-tested wellness strategies:
“Start by acknowledging that balance is no easy feat. I’ve always gone about it by accepting that not all areas of my life could ever be in equilibrium. When work is thriving, the home front is bound to suffer. When pressure eases, I usually go back and give the area that I’d been ignoring much-needed attention. This was something I relied on heavily when my two children were still young.
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Commit to making me-time a priority. Over the years, I have mastered the art of giving my expertise when needed instead of wanting to fully immerse myself in all aspects of the business interests. I’m also very good at delegating, and then later touching base with the teams to find out if all is in order. I love sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing — and don’t even feel guilty about it. I spend my me-time reading everything, from biographies to magazine. Please ask me where I get the time to read in-between all the weekly 7de Laan scripts that I have to read!
Have boundaries around your me-time. Accept that at a certain level of building your career, you won’t always have control of your time. I suggest having control over at least one or two weekends — and using that time to pamper yourself. For instance, I don’t do any work on Friday afternoons — everyone knows that I have branded that as my downtime.
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Get all the help you need. At the height of my career and when I used to travel regularly to Los Angeles, I hired an au pair to assist with homework and afternoon pick-ups. I’ve also been blessed with a helper that I’ve had for the past 20 years. She steps in to run my home during those moments when work requires my utmost attention.”