Managing your Work-life Balance
Work-life balance is how individual balances their work and other aspects of life. According to a recent Labour Force survey, stress, depression or anxiety account for 39% of all work-related illnesses. There isn’t one solution to a good work-life balance that we should all be working towards, but it is important that you find a way that works for you. Here are some tips to help you on your way to a more balanced lifestyle.
Find your own balance:
There are no rules to the ‘right balance.’ Balance is an individual thing and everyone has to find their own symmetry. It’s up to you to decide what you are and are not prepared or able to do. Do not fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own wellbeing. If you feel you’re out of balance, then take some time out and reflect and reflect.
Allow for some ‘Me time’:
It is important to allow some time at least once a week for something you enjoy and look forward to. Whether it is going for a walk, reading a book, a gym class, make time! This will allow your brain to switch off and stop thinking about your daily stresses and for your mind and body to reset.
Leave work at work:
When you are overloaded or under pressure you can become pre-occupied and stressed. To ensure that work doesn’t cross over into after hours and tasks can slip through the net, then it may be worth writing a daily work ‘To do’ task or keep a diary. Write the daily things you need to do in order of priority and at the end of the day write a new one for the next day then shut the diary turn off your computer and leave it!
Get the sleep your body needs:
Stress can affect sleep quality. Many people lie awake worrying and feeling anxious, which hinders their ability to get to sleep. Individuals who are subjected to chronic stress have poorer sleep quality, sleep less, and have difficulty functioning well. Ensure you get the amount of hours of sleep your body needs not the bare minimum for your body to run off of.