By: Samantha Cohen
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”
In a nutshell, work-life balance is where a person values both their professional and personal obligations equally. To balance your work life and everyday life is a challenging concept to grasp, especially for those who have fallen into the habit of placing work at a higher importance.
How does it happen?
- Working longer hours
- More responsibilities
- Tensions in your household
- Taking on too many work tasks
Why is it important?
Have you ever noticed that when you’re working too much you feel drained? That’s because stress and mental burnout have many physical effects on the body. That being said, having a better work-life balance is vital to your physical and mental well-being. Creating balance leads to decreased stress levels, a lower chance of burnout, and overall physical health.
How to create balance.
- Make a list and prioritize your work needs and personal needs and wants.
- Learn to say no. Saying no helps establish healthy boundaries and allows others to have clarity about what they can expect from you in and out of the workplace.
- Choose a job you truly love. When you love your work, it won’t feel like such a job.
Take a break!
You may not have time for a lavish week-long vacation in the Maldives, but a small weekend getaway with your friends or significant other is a great way to unwind. One of the most popular reasons that people take short weekend getaways is to refresh their mental health and prepare for the work week ahead of them. Studies show that people who take frequent short trips are happier, calmer, and more energized than those who rarely take time off.
Being Mindful through writing.
Mindfulness journaling is the act of expressively taking look at what is going on in your mind and your heart. Using this in a meditative way can create balance in your life and reset your body for the next day of work. Ask yourself why you feel a certain way and then let it go. So take ten minutes out of your day and engage in the art of mindfulness journaling. Make mindful observations and narrations that services you in a way to change your mindset.