3 Keys to a Healthy Work Life Balance

One of the most difficult things for people to do is develop a healthy work-life balance. It is not uncommon for people to go through a stage where they are overworked or burnt out. Because we are often passionate about our jobs, and they provide us with income, we become very motivated to work. It can be easy for people to define themselves by their professions, dedicating most of their time and energy toward work while neglecting other important aspects of life. In order to be truly happy we need to be as well rounded as possible. We need to focus on our physical and mental health as well as our relationships with the people around us.

Here are a few steps you can take to improve work life balance

Look After Your Physical Health

Exercise: Whether it is at lunch, early in the morning, or in the evening, carve out some time in your schedule to get some exercise. It doesn’t have to be long, and you don’t need to pay for an expensive gym membership. Just 20–30 minutes of yoga is enough to get some endorphins running. You might be surprised what this will do for your level of focus and energy throughout the day!

Eat healthy: It can be difficult for people to watch what they eat when they become busy with pressing deadlines and targets on the horizon. Take the time in the evening to prepare a healthy lunch that can sustain you throughout the day.

Look After Your Mental Health

Tune out: A useful practice that you can get in the habit of is turning off your phone and unplugging from technology every once in a while. This can be a useful practice to clear your mind, refocus and reenergize.

Block off your calendar: Sometimes we get over booked. If you build downtime into your schedule, you can prevent burnout. Leaving a small buffer of downtime between meetings to gather your thoughts is a useful way to stay on top of tasks. It is always better to perform with quality rather than quantity.

Have Some Fun

Go out with family and friends. Have a board game night, go camping, play your favorite sport, spend some time working away on a personal project or hobby. Don’t forget to do what you love and invest time in strengthening relationships. You don’t have to wait for the weekend to do something fun either- planning a mid week activity or outing is a great way to breakup the workweek and catch up with friends. Going out with coworkers and meeting in a non-formal setting is also an excellent way to build stronger working relationships.