5 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance Today

01 June 2018 | Supplements

1. Know that there is no 'perfect' balance.

Don't strive for the perfect schedule; strive for a realistic one. Some days, you might focus more on work, while others you might have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or relax on the couch with your loved ones. Balance is achieved over time, not each day.

It is important to remain fluid and constantly assess where you are versus your goals and priorities. At times your children may need you, and other times you may need to travel for work; but allowing yourself to remain open to redirecting and assessing your needs on any day is key in finding balance.

2. Prioritize your health.

Your overall health should be your main concern. If you've been struggling with anxiety or depression and think therapy would benefit you, fit those sessions into your schedule, even if you have to leave work early or ditch your evening spin class. If you're battling a chronic illness, don't be afraid to call in on rough days. You'll only prevent yourself from getting better, possibly causing you to take more days off in the future.

3. Make sure you like your job.

If you hate what you do, you aren't going to be happy, plain and simple. You don't need to love every aspect of your job, but it needs to be exciting enough that you don't dread getting out of bed every single morning.

4. Don't be afraid to unplug.

We live in a connected world that never sleeps. Cutting ties with the outside world from time to time allows us to recover from weekly stress and gives us space for other thoughts and

It's important to take a step back to physically and mentally recharge. If you are surrounded by good people at work, a vacation should be easy to take.

5. Make time for yourself.

Whether you take a walk in the park, get a massage or take a hot bath, it's important to always set aside an hour a week to do something for yourself. Additionally, you should focus on surrounding yourself with loved ones rather than making excuses to be alone all week. Just because work keeps you busy doesn't mean that you should neglect personal relationships.

Realize that no one at your company is going to love you or appreciate you the way your loved ones do. Also remember that everyone is replaceable at work, and no matter how important you think your job is, the company will not miss a beat tomorrow if you are gone.

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