Finding balance in this constantly on the go world can be a challenge unlike any other but achieving this balance has so many health benefits. Typically, when we are living a balanced life can help reduce stress, mental exhaustion and burnout. We see healthier physical and mental health as well as healthier and stronger relationships when we find this balance in all areas of our lives.
There are several areas of our lives that we can focus on balance but work life balance has become a hot topic, especially with the introduction of more and more remote and hybrid work environments. The Cambridge dictionary defines work-life balance as “the amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things that you enjoy.” But these amounts vary from one person to the next and there is no one size fits all solution for achieving work-life balance. However that doesn’t mean that there aren’t recommendations for improving your work-life balance;
Stop chasing perfectionism. When we chase perfectionism, we are often placing increased pressures on ourselves and it can increase our stress levels and feelings of overwhelm. Instead of chasing perfectionism strive to do the best you can with the resources you have and the time frame that is allotted to you.
Focus on efficiency when you are at work. We have all pushed off tasks we aren’t looking forward to doing until the last minute, however this typically increases stress and overwhelm. Instead try breaking large tasks into smaller chunks and reward yourself with short breaks or your favourite coffee when you’ve completed those tasks to keep you moving towards the final product.
Focus on unplugging when appropriate. Technology has allowed us to be more connected than ever and has opened doors to create hybrid and remote work opportunities, but it has also made it easier for us to be connected…all the time. Turn your devices off when you are not inside your working hours and leave your work at the “office”.
Re-evaluate and re-prioritize your health behaviours. We may fall into a rut with our health behaviours over time and the may need to be adjusted from time to time. Take a few moments to look at your exercise, nutrition and sleep habits and adjust when needed. It’s okay to make changes. Different habits will serve you at different times in your life and adjusting when they aren’t serving you will help keep your healthy and focused both at work and during your home life.
Learn to say no to excessive responsibilities. Often taking on too many projects and overscheduling activities can lead to overwhelm and ultimately burnout if it goes on for long enough. At work, if you don’t have the resources or means to take on an extra project or a project that requires a tight timeline share that with your manager. In your home life, avoid taking on extra projects, events or other commitments if you already feel like you don’t have enough time in the day. Saying no can be a tough thing to learn in the beginning, but if you are saying no to protect your health it’s worth it.
Striving for work-life balance is a tall task, but with some of these tips and some practice you will learn how to master your work life and your home life and balance both with ease.