10 Tips for Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Posted By: Vayuna Shandilya On: May 28th, 2017
Achieving Healthy Work Life Balance, Is it some kind of a secret — managing all the things you have to do as an adult is a challenge. From doing your best on the job to taking care of yourself (and, if you have them, your kids) to trying to see friends and stay sane, we know you’ve got a lot on your plate.
And while it’s up for debate whether you can “have it all,” you certainly ought to be able to balance everything you’ve got and live a happy, fulfilling life. To help you out in that pursuit, we’ve gathered some of the best advice out there on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Let’s look at 10 tips that can help you try to maintain that balance:
1. Kick up your feet after 6pm –
Sometimes volunteering to do that extra work to impress your boss is a good idea but don’t make it a habit. Before saying yes to extra work, always think about other commitments. You don’t need to be rude but you must speak up and learn the power of saying no.
2. Organize Your Week The Right Way –
Let’s start by how you’re tackling your week as a whole. There might very well be a “right” way to take on the week so that you can ace work-life balance. Glamour spoke to life coach Stacia Pierce who suggested making the most out of Monday. This might seem difficult for those who find Mondays to be especially drowsy days, but just think of how happy you’ll be later in the week when you have more free time to do things outside of the office. Pierce recommended focusing and digging into your work on a Monday, using Tuesday and Wednesday to work through ideas and the bulk of your to-do list, and then leaving Thursday and Friday as wrap up days, when possible.
3. Make Work Fun –
Take steps to make your job as enjoyable as possible. If you know that you’re going to have to spend ten hours a day working, Whitaker recommends creating ways to have fun. She advises against taking yourself too seriously. Instead, she encourages a balanced company culture. “Instead of always trying so hard to be ‘professional,’ realize that sometimes it’s okay to be silly.” Whitaker says her organization has company-wide lunches to allow employees to relax, laugh, and talk about their lives.
4. Power Down Your Electronics –
Today the line between work and personal life is often blurred due to technology. This is because we’re known to have our cell phones glued to our hands at all times, allowing for work emails to Bing directly to us even when we’re off the clock. However, this habit of constantly being plugged into work through email, calls, texts, etc. can be really chipping away at you. According to Robert Brooks, this is because those messages from work are interrupting your personal time and could be adding a layer of stress to your life (perhaps without you even realizing it). So power down those electronics and resist the urge to check in during your off hours.
5. Don’t always run after Perfection –
Perfection is good but going over the top to achieve it is not good at all. Some people struggle to let go and even when they finish their work they still feel it wasn’t good enough. The reality is most often the opposite. So stop getting worked-up in order to reach perfection, just believe in what you do.
6. Sleep Is Important –
Sleep is equally important to perform better at work. The idea is to work smart and not long. Prioritize your task and make sure you finish it in certain amount of time without getting stuck. Stay focused and don’t feel depressed, anxious or irritable because you’re tired.
7. Plan a vacation –
Plan a week-long vacation to freshen up your mind. Taking a break from work is really important because a few days away from the office can help you get re-focused and refreshed. If a week is not possible, then even a long weekend is enough to recharge.
8. Communicate Your Needs –
Sometimes you have to speak up for yourself if your work duties are interfering with your personal priorities. “A good manager will understand that health, family, and other personal responsibilities need to be tended to, and will have no objections if you maturely communicate your needs,” says Dixon. However, when you go into the meeting with your manager, Dixon recommends being prepared to offer potential solutions to your work-life imbalance. For example, she says that maybe you can suggest working from home a few days a week to make it easier for you to spend time with your family.
9. Replace tea and Coffee with Water –
Many hard-working executives substitute their morning tea or coffee with plain water. Starting the day with water rehydrates the body alert system while making one feel more alert. Arianna Huffington
from Huffington Post and award winning celebrity nutritionist Shubi Husain
both vouch for it.
10. Get rid of the Fear –
Lastly, let go of fear! Let go and rest after a stressful day. Just relax – your business or company won’t fail if you’re out having a nice dinner!
So, Work is an essential part of your life, but it’s only one component. Learning how to successfully balance your work with the other parts of your life will help you focus on what’s important, and make you a more productive, healthy, and well-rounded person and worker.
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