Tips to Achieve a Healthy Work-Life Balance

By on 06/06/2016

work-life-balanceThe great thing about modern technology is that it is accessible in many different ways at any time you need it. A wealth of knowledge, information and social networking is at your fingertips any time you need it.

The hard thing about modern technology is that YOU are accessible in may different ways at any time your boss/job needs you.

How many times have you checked your email and calendar in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep?

How often do you check work emails when you are at home or on personal time?

How often do you take the time to respond to those emails?

An alarming trend of any-time working has taken over our workforce. Survey after survey after study have all revealed the same problem: employees are never actually clocking out.

Going home for the day no longer means checking out of work for the day. Many companies and bosses now expect their employees to be reachable by email or phone during all waking hours. Even worse, society has gotten so used to this trend that even employees of companies that don’t expect after-hours response still work after they are technically done for the day.

Here is the catch though:

Studies show this is not making companies or employees any more productive. It IS, however, burning employees out by causing undue stress, pressure, anxiety and exhaustion.

Employees are being given tougher and more demanding jobs, and yet no one is teaching them proper stress management skills. work-life balance

Here are the top 10 best tips from top psychologist on how to properly manage a healthy work life balance

  1. Set a schedule and stick to it. Respond to emails and phone calls only when your schedule allows for it. Also schedule personal time, alone time and “out-of-pocket” time and stick to it.
  2. Have an honest conversation with your boss about expectations on you when you are out of the office. Never work more than expected or agreed to.
  3. NEVER take work to bed with you. That means either leave your phone and laptop out of your bedroom at night, or if you need your phone near you, put it on silent and disable your work email until the morning.
  4. Exercise. Most jobs create stress and worry, you are not alone in this struggle. One of the best ways to blow off work-steam is to exercise after your day is done. This helps you unplug, unwind and release much-needed endorphins.
  5. Keep your personal life and work life separate. This means don’t add everyone from your company to your various social networks. This can come back to haunt you later, so just leave it separate to reduce stress. work email at home
  6. Set small break reminders for yourself at work. The 9-5 work week is long gone, so if you are going to be working throughout the day intermittently, its important to remember to take mental breaks. Download a quick at-work mediation app to help you calm your mind, or get away from your desk for a moment to take a walk or talk to a friend (not about work!). The goal is to give your mind time to rest, and to remove your eyes from electronic devices for a moment as well.
  7. Streamline your errands and obligations as much as possible. If you are stressed for time, rethink how you handle things like grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking. Can you cook in bulk and freeze meals for later? Can you plan meals for the week so you only have to go to the store once? Are you able to hire out cleaning, even if its just a once-a-month deep cleaning service? These little changes can make a large difference.
  8. Get away from negative time-sucking co-workers. The ones who only complain and bring your mood down. Not only are they wasting your valuable time, but they are just dumping negativity all over you which can also affect your own mood and outlook.
  9. Find a hobby. Find something you can work on, be productive with, and learn about that ISN’T WORK RELATED. A way to engage your mind, meet new people and have fun that isn’t related to work and doesn’t involve checking out in front of the TV or computer after a hard day at work – which does not recharge you at all.
  10. Remember that your mental health is more valuable than any job or salary. What good is having an important title or huge pay if you are depressed, exhausted, miserable and unable to live life the way its meant to be lived? If you can’t find a healthy balance with your current role, maybe it’s time to put YOU first and start looking for something that offers a better work-life balance.

 

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Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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