When you have a packed work schedule, finding time for your personal life can be tricky. In the age of the internet and constant communication, it has become difficult to unplug from work and find time to simply relax and enjoy life. If you spent 2016 feeling overworked, here are a few tips for maintaining a healthy balance in 2017.
Create A Clear Line Between Work & Home
Far too many people struggle to separate their work from their home life, which can lead to mental and physical health issues.
The best way to prevent these problems is to create a clear division between work life and home life. Of course, this gets tricky when you work from your home. So, be sure to set clear work hours. If you want to design a new website for your small business, that’s great, but when your designated workday stop-time rolls around, don’t push yourself to keep going just because you can. The same goes for answering emails and taking client calls. Sure, you may have to break this rule from time to time, but try not to let excessive work hours become habit. Even the most dedicated employee or business owner needs a break.
Exercise Your Way To Less Stress
Aside from the fact that regular exercise is an important part of overall health, it’s also a great stress-buster. Find something you enjoy doing and stick with it. Take dancing lessons. Learn to rock climb. Or simply go for a walk in a local park. It doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you find activities that you’ll be motivated to keep doing.
Make Stress Reduction A Priority
When you spend most of your time working, relaxation can feel wasteful. Playing a fun video game loses its appeal when there’s a deadline looming in the back of your mind. Unfortunately, this mindset is all too common. An evening spent reading a book is just as valuable to your well-being as putting in a full, productive day at the office. If you find that worry and anxiety about your business or career are preventing you from enjoying your downtime, consider talking with a mental health counsellor who can help you develop coping strategies, or try a mental health app.
Keeping a balance between your work and personal life is critical. It is impossible to enjoy the good times if your work consumes every aspect of your life. So, even when you feel guilty for taking a break, remember that a few moments of genuine relaxation can make you more productive when it’s time to focus on work.
Guest Author: Julie Morris is a life and career coach who strives to help others live the best lives that they can. She believes she can relate to clients who feel run over by life because of her own experiences. She spent years in an unfulfilling career in finance before deciding to help people in other ways.