Tips For A Better Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance is impossible to achieve for most professionals. Especially for young professionals who are just starting to prove what they are capable of at work to get promoted, earn more, and live the lifestyle that they want. Although it sounds like a myth to have the ideal work-life balance, the truth is, it is possible. Here are 3 simple tips you can start today to help you improve your well-being and be on top of your career.
1. Leave work at your office.
When we carry our work with us after office hours, we become not fully present and engaged on times that should matter the most—that is, with our family and loved ones. It is hard to leave work at work these days, especially now that we have the technology in our hands. You can just open you work email and other electronic files, anytime, anywhere, with just a press and swipe of your finger.
You need to detach your mind and body from the work stress and restore your body pre-stressor level. Don’t think of work and worry about it after your shift. When you continually think about your work even if you are already out of the office, the issues that comes with your job keeps you mentally at work. It will make you drain mentally, emotionally, and sometimes physically. Plus, you are not getting paid for it since you’re thinking about your work and sometimes, doing your job outside of office hours.
2. It is okay to say “No.”
Saying “no” on a request to perform a task at your work is sometimes necessary. You should know your limitations and the amount of your work you are capable to deliver in good quality. You need to balance your current workload against the request your boss or your colleagues who are asking favors from you. You should not be ashamed saying “no”.
Say “no” if…
- you think you are not the right person to perform the task.
- it is against your integrity and values.
- it slows you down and makes you counterproductive on the current tasks that you are doing.
- when you have a lot of work on your plate.
- when the request is not in line with your goals.
3. Exercise and meditate.
Exercising helps you have a better work-life balance. It reduces stress, it helps you excrete endorphins— the feel-good chemical that lifts your mood and makes you feel happy, it also increases your endurance and self-efficiency—you will have more confidence that you can get things done.
Stop making excuses because there is no perfect time to exercise. You can do it at any time of the day if you just make time for it. Even a 30-minute jog has a huge impact to your health. If you hate fitness, you can ask a friend or a family member to be your workout buddy so that you will feel motivated to exercise. You can even enroll in workout classes and get a fitness instructor to help you with your fitness journey.
Meditation is also important, because if we are calm and composed, we make wiser decisions. There is no wrong way and right way to meditate. You just need to commit 5 to 30 minutes of your day, find a quiet place without any distractions, get into a comfortable position and relax, breath slowly and deeply, and focus your mind in your breathing. The result of this is remarkable. You will feel more calm, peaceful, and happy.
No matter how much we want to succeed in our career, we should not neglect our own well-being. Remember that we only have one life, so might as well enjoy it!