Hi Beautiful Souls!
Very often I'm asked about work-life balance. No matter what the profession working people are always looking for better and healthier ways of living. People are juggling education, work, marriages, raising families, caring for their elderly parents. I for one can attest to the fact that there is never enough time to get things done, or we don't have the energy to get it all done.
So how do we find work-life balance? Let's explore some ideas that might help us all find a little more balance in our hectic lives.
1. Define what work-life balance means to you. What does it look like to you? Write down your ideas of a perfect work-life balance. I firmly believe if you write it you will achieve. Be clear. How many hours would you work a week? How many time can you take off for vacation or staycations?
2. Shut off the work cell phone after sundown. Many of us are so conditioned to answer the notifications on our phones. Often those messages can be answered the following morning. Remember you teach people how to treat you. Explain to bosses, if you can, that you will not be available on the phone after 6 or 7 pm and that you will answer any emails first thing in the morning.
3. Consider the areas of your life where you may overextend yourself and ask for help. Seems like such an easy solution but the truth is busy people rarely like to ask for assistance. Remember asking for help doesn't mean you can't handle the job. I think it shows that you are fully aware of what is required to get a job done correctly.
4. Schedule breaks. These breaks can come in the form of lunch away from your desk, computer, or cell phone.
5. Take a mental health day. If you are lucky enough to have vacation days, personal days, and sick days at your job then take one. In many cases, you will lose the time if you don't. So don't be a martyr. Take a day or two away from the office to rest and regroup.
6. Learn how to say "no." You do not have to take on every responsibility thrown your way. Taking on more than you can chew will only hurt you in the long run. You don't have to be a superhero.
7. Flex time. Some companies offer flex time, 4-day work weeks, or working from home. Finding time off is an excellent way to get time to relax and regroup.
8. Take care of yourself. Eat clean and stay away from processed foods. Get enough sleep. Sleep helps you recharge. Exercise. Move your body. Exercise can boost endorphins relieving stress, anxiety, and depression.
9. Meditate! Meditation helps you get clear. It enables you to prioritize and may help you see your situation from another perspective.
Now go get some rest!
Emily Elyshevitz, CHC, RM, RT writes about her experiences with diet, exercise, and healthy living. Emily also writes about Career & Life Coaching, Healing, Enlightenment, Inspiration, Motivation encouraging your quest for a happy life in mind, body and spirit.
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