6 Steps to Perfecting Your Work/Life Balance


It can often be difficult finding the right balance between your work and personal life these days, and it’s a common challenge that many can face at some point in their careers. Overcoming it can be confronting, confusing and downright hard to do, but it is possible. Often it can feel like if you focus on one area, such as your job, other areas of your life will suffer, like your family and friendships. But cultivating a healthy balance between all the necessary puzzle pieces to your life is not only necessary, it’s relatively easy to do – you just need to know how! So, here are 6 steps to perfecting your work/life balance.


Work out your priorities

Set aside some time to sit down and think about all the different tasks you do in every aspect of your life, from work to home and all the pieces in between. Write down all these things, then label each one as high, medium or low priority. This will help you see just how much you actually have on your plate, and having it set out clearly in front of you can help you notice where you might be spending time on things that aren’t as important as others. Prioritise the things you do that make you feel good, like catching up with friends and exercising and things that make you feel productive, while trying to cut back on things that don’t seem to add much value, like scrolling endlessly through social media and binge-watching Netflix for hours on end.


Establish your boundaries

Boundaries are so important, because without them, any priorities you’ve set will likely not last very long. So make sure you know your boundaries, and be comfortable sticking to them. Healthy boundaries include being able to mentally and emotionally check out of work once your day is done, leaving it all at your desk so you can enjoy your personal life without having your mind split between the two, avoiding personal phone calls and texts while you’re at work (emergencies aside, of course), and not checking work emails while you’re with friends.


Learn when to disconnect

Everyone is now constantly connected to one another, and whether it’s for work or relaxation it can still be hugely detrimental to your emotional and mental wellbeing. Learning how and when to disconnect completely from your smartphone can really help you feel more balanced and happier. You might not have an ‘off’ button, but technology does. So you should use it! Start putting all technology aside for at least 30 minutes each day, and use the time to hit your reset button. Do things that you used to enjoy, but can’t seem to find time to do anymore. Whether it’s meditating, reading a book, going for a walk, taking a long, relaxing shower or just sitting down and spending time with a loved one, unplugging can be the best thing to do for your health.

 

Get help if you need it

You have a support system around you, whether you know it or not. So utilise it! Recognise if and when you’re struggling, and ask for help when you need it. This is imperative to maintaining a work/life balance because without support, juggling everything can be much more difficult. Feeling so much pressure can cause you to suffer from stress, which will end up impacting all of the different aspects of your life. And sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that it’s weak to ask for help – but it’s not. Those who support you will always be happy to help you when they can. So don’t ever be afraid to ask! Get some help from a colleague at work, ask your partner or family members for assistance at home, and vent to a friend if it all just gets too much.

 

Get selfish with self-care

You are so important. Taking care of yourself should always be your first priority, so don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and put your self-care first – especially if those around you try to persuade you to push yourself beyond the point of wellbeing. There is no shame in saying ‘no’, and in order to have a better work/life balance, that is a word you should get comfortable saying. Some of the best and most effective self-care activities are gratitude journaling, meditating, exercising, cooking nutritious food, getting more sleep and anything else that essentially helps you relax and makes you happy. My top self care tip is of course taking a warm bath and scrubbing up with one of my all natural body scrubs!

Stop trying to be perfect
Sometimes we struggle finding that work/life balance because we’re trying to perfect each and every task we do. But perfection is not sustainable! Aiming to be perfect at everything we do can exhaust even the most resilient person, so learn how to accept things as they are. As long as you try your best at everything you do, it’s okay if it’s not completely perfect.

 

While it might seem difficult to imagine a well-balanced life, it is very achievable as long as you keep realistic expectations and avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. But by implementing these steps in your life, you’ll be able to achieve that perfect work/life balance and make your way to better health.

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How to beat the back to work blues

 

There’s nothing better than the Christmas break. A time spent with family, friends, sunshine, swimming, delicious food, even tastier drinks and a whole lot of fun. But when you have such a great holiday, how can you even face going back to work afterwards? This is known as the back to work blues, and it’s incredibly common. So if you’re struggling to get back down to business, here are my top five tips.

 

  1. Go Slow

It might be tempting to dive straight into work and start ploughing through all the unread emails and missed phone calls, but for the first week or so, aim to take it slow. Going from the easygoing pace of a holiday straight back to the hustle and bustle can make you feel burned out much quicker. Instead, take the opportunity to ease into your workflow by pacing yourself. Allow some time for quick five minute breaks throughout the work day, enjoy catching up with your colleagues, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get everything done straight away.

 

  1. Reset Your Rhythm

Your internal body clock can tend to take over while you’re on holidays, and resetting that circadian rhythm can be tricky. Waking up without an alarm is such a freeing feeling, but unfortunately it can alter your usual sleep patterns, making it even more difficult to get up on that first day of work. So to realign your body clock, there are several things you can do to make that first week back a bit easier. Set a regular wake and sleep time, and encourage as much natural light as possible by opening your blinds as soon as your alarm goes off. Avoid caffeine at night as that will only keep you awake, and don’t feel guilty if you want to have a quick cat-nap throughout the day!

 

  1. Set Some Goals

The new year is a great time to reflect on your progress in all aspects of life, and put some goals in place to achieve what you’re aiming for in the year ahead. Whether you want to learn a new language, start up a new business, make new friends, write a novel, change careers, move house, achieve a promotion or get fitter and healthier, setting goals is a great way to help you feel excited about getting back into the grind. There are plenty of helpful ways you can set achievable goals, so whether you write them down and pin them to your wall or post about your progress on your Instagram page, focusing on a new project is a great way to feel alive and invigorated.

 

  1. Be Healthy

After the indulgence of the silly season you might be feeling quite sluggish and unhealthy, which can be a really unmotivating way to start the new year. So focus on getting your health back on track by eating nourishing, wholesome foods and fresh produce, drinking lots of water and easing back into an exercise routine. Do a cleanse as well – for your pantry. Get rid of all the leftover junk foods and tempting holiday treats you might have lying around the house to avoid falling off the food wagon.

 

  1. Stay Positive

Remember that any blues you might be feeling after a holiday are normal, and will pass. While it might seem difficult to look on the bright side when you’re feeling so down, it’s a known fact that positivity attracts positivity. So smile as much as you can (even if you have to fake it), and do things that make you happy, like getting a massage, freshening up your hair colour or taking a nice warm bath and scrubbing up with one of my natural body scrubs. Get excited about the fact that a new year is ahead of you, and you have every opportunity to make it an amazing one!

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