Tips for Fostering a Healthier Work-Life Balance

Finding the ideal work-life balance can be a tricky thing for many people. Money demands, personality traits, fear of failure and other issues could push you to work too hard. This can result in a lack of productivity and creativity, sicknesses such as colds, flus and headaches (or worse), and friction at home or on the job. Succumbing to excessive work demands, whatever the reason, is a bad situation that should be stopped. Here are a few tips to avoid, identify or rectify this situation.

 

Get Away From the Screen

 

Most people can only spend so much time staring at a screen, whether it is your computer, tablet or smart phone. Yes, they are fascinating devices, with all kinds of information on them—emails, news, entertainment, work projects—but at some point you should escape to the real world. Eye strain is a real thing, and too much time looking at the jittery lights of screens can affect sleep patterns. Make a promise to yourself that you will shut off the computer at a certain time each day. Then spend some time with friends or family to improve your work-life balance.

 

Relax and Meditate

 

A frequent practice of meditation and relaxation techniques, such as mindful breathing exercises, can be beneficial. Engaging in these activities infrequently is better than nothing, but a daily program will yield more dramatic results. Research has shown that meditation can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress, increase a sense of well-being and improve sleep. Once you establish a routine, and improve at relaxing, it will be easier to do so during times of stress. Going to your happy place has real, measurable benefits.

 

Confide in a Mentor

 

Young workers might by tech savvy and whip smart, but they often lack wisdom gained by experience. If you can find a friend, an older co-worker, a parent or a relative that you can confide in, you might learn how to juggle the work-life balance. You might not realize your mind and body are under extreme stress until you get sick or start having personal problems. A mentor can tell you what to look for so you won’t recognize difficulties too late.

 

Appreciate Flexibility

 

Just because you have always earned more money each year of your working life, this doesn’t mean you have to earn more this year, and the year after that. Be open to change. You might enjoy more time reading or seeing more movies. A better work-life balance could result in a rush of new creativity for you.

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