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