6 Changes You Should Make to Maintain a Healthier Work/Life Balance

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Are you often left feeling drained or stressed at the end of the work day? You’re not alone.

By the time I get home at six o’ clock, I’m too tired to cook a proper meal for myself, clean the apartment, or take Kona to the dog park. I lay awake at night and think about all the tasks I have to complete tomorrow. However, this isn’t the way it should be! It’s important to enjoy your job but work shouldn’t consume you.

We tend to neglect other aspects of our lives because of our jobs. By doing so, we increase our susceptibility to physical and mental health problems!

Recently, I decide that it was time to make a change!! After making a few small adjustments, I have found much more happiness and balance in my life.

What steps can you take to maintain a healthier work/life balance? 

 

 

Take a worthwhile lunch break

It shocks me that at least half the people in my office don’t take a lunch break or take a working lunch. While taking a lunch break may seem like a luxury, it’s a necessary part of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. A lunch break gives you the opportunity to recharge and move. Even on days, you don’t have anything planned, take lunch at a coffee shop or go for a walk.

 

 

Don’t rush in the morning

Set aside time in the morning to enjoy yourself. You should have enough time to eat a proper breakfast and get ready without rushing. By enjoying your morning, you begin your day with a positive attitude and you also get a little more “me” time in. I learned how to get ready under 15 minutes so I’d have time for other things.

 

 

Set Working Hours

I’m totally guilty of this. Even after I get home, I still check my work emails or try to catch up on tasks. Stop working at your designated clock-out time —the work will still be there tomorrow! You should always leave the office on time. By staying late, you are taking time away from your social life, family, or sleep. Also, make sure you are off at least one day a week. One day without conference calls, email notifications, and task lists.

 

 

Plan things to look forward to

According to Marketwatch, 55% of Americans didn’t take all their vacation days in 2015. Employees fear returning to a mountain of work, fear of being seen as irreplaceable or think that nobody else can do their job so they can’t vacation. Vacation is absolutely important! Getting away helps you get a fresh perspective, unwind and can boost your mood. Plus planning a vacation gives you something to look forward to and work towards.

And if money is the only thing keeping you from adventuring… Check out my post: Easy Ways to Travel For Less.

 

Have a designated work space

Your bed is meant for sleeping!!! You shouldn’t bring your laptop into your bed. Instead, you should have a dedicated workspace that promotes positivity and productivity. By having a designated workspace, you can walk away from it at the end of the day. Keep your workspace and living space separate.

 

 

Unplug outside of work

After a long day of working, it’s time to unplug. When you get home, set aside all your electronics —no phone, laptop or TV. Most days, I spend hours staring at a computer screen and it’s nice to give my eyes a break at home! Aim time to spend time with friends, family, exercising, or reading after work. Using technology can also negatively affect your sleep pattern and mental alertness. 

Remember, you can’t do a good job if your job is all that you do.

 

 

 

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28 Comments

  1. Tami

    I love this post! This is something I struggle with – especially setting work hours. Thank you for sharing these tips! 🙂

    10 . May . 2017
  2. Erica

    This is good advice since so many of us take our work everywhere now. Given that we can not access work on portable phones and technology that didn’t exist that long ago. I almost never take vacations (working for myself, I don’t get vacation time). And I really start feeling the strain of never getting a proper break. So like you said, making time for it is important.

    10 . May . 2017
  3. Sarah Althouse

    If possible, I try to take a couple of walks throughout the day too to get some fresh air and break the day up.

    10 . May . 2017
  4. Lindsey

    This is all such great advice! I think this is definitely needed as we definitely do not take enough time for ourselves away from work.

    with southern grace,
    Lindsey
    http://www.withsoutherngrace.blogspot.com

    10 . May . 2017
  5. Casey the College Celiac

    Planning things to look forward to is a good trick that I need to work on! I also like taking walks in the afternoon, as Sarah mentioned. Great way to break away from work and the computer for a bit!

    10 . May . 2017
  6. Rachel

    I have been really trying to work on the morning routine one, for maybe 8 years… I will get there some day 😉

    10 . May . 2017
  7. Victoria Schneider

    I really needed to hear this. Struggling with this right now and really need to make some changes.

    11 . May . 2017
  8. Kristin

    These are all such great tips! I think not rushing around in the morning is so important and something I really need to work on!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde

    11 . May . 2017
  9. Amanda | Maple Alps

    So true! Setting work hours is so important for sanity! This is definitely something that needs to be implemented in our house.

    11 . May . 2017
  10. Krystin

    These are all great tips, they come in handy especially for me as I’m now working from home!

    Krystin
    http://www.girlinbetsey.com

    11 . May . 2017
  11. Michelle

    It’s so tough to maintain a balance freelancing from home! I haven’t hacked the “wake up early” thing but I honestly think that will be the key to achieving balance the rest of the day.

    11 . May . 2017
  12. Kelli-Anne Harris

    These are some awesome tips that I have even taken and I can vouch for them being highly effective. People get so burnt out at work that they forget to take care of themselves and enjoy life. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Kelli
    http://www.darlingentertainer.com

    11 . May . 2017
  13. Michele

    These are great tips! I am a full time teacher and personal trainer on my off hours. I need to remind myself that taking a full lunch break and plan time to unplug from the work madness is necessary. Thank for sharing!

    11 . May . 2017
  14. The Southern Thing

    Not rushing in the morning makes all the difference! I find waking up a few minutes earlier to give myself time to relax helps reduce stress a ton!

    11 . May . 2017
  15. Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial

    These are such great tips! I don’t have the space right now for a separate work space, but I’m looking forward to moving and having one – especially since I work from home. Because I work from home, setting work hours is so important and I always make time for lunch!

    11 . May . 2017
  16. Allison

    I struggle with this because I work at home! I feel like I can’t step away or that I just need to ‘work one more hour’. Saving this!

    11 . May . 2017
  17. Courtney CJ

    Totally agree with these points. I take an afternoon walk, wake up early to listen to podcasts, and took my work email off of my phone. It was one of the greatest choices ever. I work about 10 hours a day so you have plenty of access to me while I am here, but when I am gone I am gone. Boundaries.

    11 . May . 2017
  18. Jenn

    I struggle with this. Having a fulltime job and a blog that seems fulltime sometimes is a lot of stress and I tend to neglect my personal life!
    Jenn
    joyfuliowan.com

    12 . May . 2017
  19. Alex Snider

    OMG! I need to work on all of these! I work from home and the only thing I do on this is have a dedicated work space.

    12 . May . 2017
  20. Christine Anne

    I definitely need to do the last one more. Unplug for the social world and enjoy my time with my boyfriend. 🙂

    12 . May . 2017
  21. Kristen

    These are all such great tips! We all deserve to have a work-life balance and I find this to be very important, I actually just wrote about this on my blog as well 🙂 I’ll leave the link below in case you want to check it out!

    Taking a lunch break is so important, yet SO many people will just work through lunch. I’ve definitely been guilty of doing this before, but now that the weather’s nicer I LOVE getting outside for a bit to go on a walk & get some fresh air! Also, love the tip about setting a work schedule!!

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com/work-life-balance-tips/

    14 . May . 2017
  22. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    These are some great ideas. Taking an actual lunch is so important and makes a huge difference. All the other things you listed are equally as helpful, but lunch is one a lot of people I work with have a difficult time doing.

    15 . May . 2017
  23. Greta

    I’m trying to have a better work/life balance! What works for me is having a scheduled workout class every day. It forces me to take a break and go do something for me!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    15 . May . 2017
  24. Alexis

    Since I work from home, I definitely struggle with this. Taking my hour lunch to either go relax or work around the house makes the biggest difference.

    15 . May . 2017
  25. Leeza Smith

    such a great post! Ive been struggling working full time and having enough time for socializing, self care, and sleep!! lol

    15 . May . 2017
  26. Chanel van Reenen

    What a great post! I am so guilty of working in bed (because it’s so comfy, lol!) I have 2 designated work spaces and NEED to use them! Also, love that quote at the end. As a blogger, sometimes it seems like all I do is work around the clock!

    15 . May . 2017
  27. Mary

    It’s important to enjoy your job but work shouldn’t consume you… AMEN!! I love this.

    16 . May . 2017
  28. Kayla

    I’m SO bad at doing work in bed. At our new apartment I’m definitely making sure I have my own desk and workspace! I also need to get better at setting working hours and giving myself nighttime off. In college, I tried to get mostly everything done before 6pm but sometimes it was hard! Great tips!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    19 . May . 2017

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