Growing up, people always ask what you want to be when you grow up. As a student, people always ask what you’re going to do after you graduate. But what people never ask is how you’re going to be able to balance that with your life.
From the moment we are old enough to look to the future, we wonder and dream about what we are going to do in the ‘real’ world. Often, we don’t realise the downside until we get there. These days, it’s harder than ever to maintain a healthy distinction between our work lives and our personal lives.
So here’s some dos and don’ts for upholding a healthy work/life balance:
· Set goals: acknowledging what you want to achieve will allow you to act on it accordingly and give you a purpose. Goals can be short term or long term-from breaking down the hours in your day to long term career objectives.
· Prioritise: make sure you’re spending your time and energy on the right things. Optimising your time will give you a sense of accomplishment and make it easier to switch off when you’re at home.
· Make time for hobbies and passions: the things you enjoy and are passionate about make you who you are. You should always try and keep up with the things that make you happy, whether it’s baking or sport on the weekend.
· Take care of yourself: don’t compromise your health for the sake of work-try and get as much sleep as you can, implement good hygiene and eat well. You won’t be able to function at an optimal level if you don’t!
· Engage a strong support network: sometimes it can be hard to switch off and refocus your mind, especially if you work in a high stress environment. Having a strong network at home who understand and can support you will do a world of good.
· Forget to exercise: it’s easy to get caught up in day to day activities, or to want to relax and sit on the couch in your spare time. But making a bit of time for a run or walk, or a quick gym session is not only great for your body but helps you unwind.
· Be lazy at work: it’s tempting to slack off or spend considerable time gossiping to your colleagues about reality TV (guilty…), but making the most of your time means that you’ll feel less stressed at the completion of your day and won’t feel the need to catch up in your down time.
· Be glued to your devices: these days technology gives us access to anyone and anything at our fingertips, and it can be hard to ignore incessant calls and emails. If it can wait, than it should!
· Neglect your family and friends: spending quality time with the people you love is the best way to bring up your mood and help you feel relaxed. Plus, they can make you food and get the remote off the bench after you’ve sat down. Win.
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