First things first, a work life balance isn’t just healthy, it’s good for business too. However, it can be a challenge, especially when the motto ‘never leave for tomorrow what can be done today’ and a seven day working week are seen as a badge of honour. But what are we sacrificing to achieve this? Experts emphasise the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging to both our health and overall happiness. So, how do we promote a better way of life for both physical and mental wellbeing? We have a few tips…
One lesson we all need to learn is to embrace the off button and have a break from technology. If we’re glued to technology, the working day never ends – there will always be another call to deal with. We need to make time for quality time and become resilient. By not reacting to the updates from work, we can develop a stronger habit of resilience, which experts state gives us a greater sense of control over our lives.
Perfect isn’t all that
It’s about time we all let go of perfectionism. Life can get complicated, work pressures and families grow and it isn’t always easy to get that A* in all aspects. The struggle for perfectionism can result in burning out and that gets us nowhere. Therefore, perfectionism is an unrealistic goal and instead we should strive for excellence as every setback is an opportunity to learn something new.
Refresh and refuel
This is something we are all guilty of – not focusing on ourselves. But we don’t need an expert to work out that we can’t work at our best if our mind and body isn’t at its best also. It’s essential to get enough sleep, dedicate time to exercise and have the mind-set in which you know your self-worth and when to slow down. Learning how to say ‘no’ can also be a life-changer.
This will be different for everyone. We need to identify our priorities and what’s most important to us, then go from there. Maybe make a list, one that truly reflects your priorities, not someone else’s. Then draw firm boundaries so you can devote quality time to these priorities. Instead of going down a time-wasting spiral, like our Facebook feed, we should be spending time doing what matters. The idea about having it all is a myth – focus on activities you specialise in and value most.
Ultimately, take responsibility, like speaking up when demands are too much. You can control the work life balance.
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