As much as we all love summer, for one reason or another, finding that work and life balance during this season can prove itself to be an impossible feat. While slaving away during an 40 hour or more (yikes) week, we’re more prone to day dream about that Tahitian getaway or calling out on Friday and JetBlue-ing to Miami for the weekend. Or, we can find ourselves in the mental sunken place of FOMO after a binge session of perusing instagram travel accounts. Point is, we all need some downtime but not finding that balance between work and life can, not only damage your relationships with friends, family and partners, but can also have a damaging effect on your mental.
Work-life balance means something different to every individual, but I’m sharing four tips on how to help you find the balance that’s right for you tested and tried from my own personal experiences.
In today’s age, everything is driven by technology and truth be told, it has made our lives so much easier and faster. In the same token, it has become a hindrance. How often have you been at a restaurant and before you eat your meal, you’re taking a picture of it or asking the waiter for the wifi password? We need to unplug at times-not be so accessible. So on the weekends or on your day off, truly be off. Don’t read those emails, nor spend hours on instagram. Engage in an activity that you’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t had the time to
2. PRIORITIZE AND DELEGATE
I am a self proclaimed multi-tasking juggler. I tend to add so much on my plate and truly be in awe when there’s spillage. The key to balancing working fulltime, being a part-time student, blogging and being there for my family is prioritizing and delegating out tasks. For example, if you’re the cook in the family, delegate nights where it’s someone else’s turn to be chef (whether that’s via a stove or seamless). If you find yourself constantly cleaning your home, enlist help from your spouse, children or a cleaning service. Removing one, two or more of these tasks allows you to engage in more downtime.
3. MOVE YOUR BODY
I dont have to tell you, or myself, the benefits of working out. Like eating and washing ourselves, working out is a necessity in not just losing weight, but in keeping our joints and bones in healthy. Honestly, I can move my own body a little more, but I have added more walking to my daily regimen. For those of you who drive everywhere, take a walk after dinner or the treadmill while streaming your favorite show.
There’s a reason why this has been around for centuries. Short, meditative exercises like deep breathing or grounding your senses in your present setting activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which calms you down. The more you do it, you’ll begin to see how it ultimately begins to trump your nervous system which means not being easily susceptible to nervous breakdowns or anxiety attacks.
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You’d be surprise how little life hacks like these would make you feel better and ultimately look better too. What are some things you do to unwind and find life and work balance?