Achieve Life Balance With These Simple Tips
Posted byDiane Hoffmaster
Achieving the perfect balance in your life can be incredibly difficult. Between your career, family, household obligations and that really long to-do list, life balance can seem like an impossible dream. If you’re always tired, suffering from a short fuse, or constantly arguing with your spouse and children, it may be time to rethink your priorities. Here are a few tips to help you find balance on a day-to-day basis so you can be calm, cool and collected.
Rethink Your Work Life
While careers are definitely important (They do pay the bills!), there are several changes you can make to your work life that will help you achieve a better life balance. Here are a few ideas to consider that might make your life less stressful.
- Let go of perfectionism. Perfectionism may sound like a wonderful trait; however, it’s hard to maintain. If you’re spending all your time and energy worrying about minute details, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Nobody’s perfect, so chill to avoid burnout.
- Unplug. Unless you’re a doctor on call, you probably don’t need to be connected to your work phone or email 24 hours a day. When the workday never ends, your family never gets your undivided attention, which may create a stressful home environment. While you’re hanging out with loved ones, turn off your phone. The emails will still be there waiting for you on Monday morning.
- Plan downtime into your week. While you plan your work week, look for a day that’s a bit lighter than usual. Make a lunch date with a friend. Or plan an afternoon date with your significant other. You’ll return to work relaxed and with a more positive outlook on your day. Think your boss won’t go for your new schedule? Discuss the benefits of improved life balance on employee performance with your boss. According to Inc.com, employees who are happy with the balance they have achieved between work and family life are more productive, engaged, healthy and happy.1
Rethink Your Schedule
Life is busy. Some tasks on your mile-long to-do list should be reconsidered if you want to truly achieve whole life balance.
- Reprioritize. It’s easy to say yes when you’re asked to bake yet another batch of cookies for the bake sale, even if you’re already over-scheduled. Learn to say no occasionally.
- Make time for a new hobby. Once you cross off a few items on your to-do list, take up a hobby that you’ve always wanted to explore. Making time for yourself should be a key factor in planning your weekly schedule!
Make Health a Priority
Making health a priority is key to achieving balance. When you thrive physically, emotional hurdles are often easier to handle. Here are a few easy ways to make your health a priority as you strive for balance this year.
- Make time for dinner. Sitting down to a family dinner may seem like a decades-old concept; however, gathering around the table is a great way to end a long day. Enlist help from your spouse and children to prepare a healthy meal. This gives you more time together and makes getting healthy food on the table significantly easier.
- Don’t skip the exercise. Exercise relieves stress and improves your emotional well-being. Make sure to find time to exercise regularly during the week. Even if you only have time for a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood, it’s a great way to relax and improve your mood.
- Don’t neglect your emotional well-being. Life can be stressful and your emotional well-being is just as important as your physical well-being. Consider working a short meditation session into your day, even if it means getting up a few minutes earlier in the morning.
Achieving the perfect balance between work, family and your own needs is definitely not an easy task, but the end result is well worth it. Make some of these changes to become the happiest, healthiest and best version of yourself!
1Inc.com, How Work Life Balance Can Keep Your Employees Happy and Your Business Healthy, Accessed 12/20/2016. http://www.inc.com/john-rampton/how-work-life-balance-can-keep-your-employees-happy-and-your-business-healthy.html.
- Posted by Diane Hoffmaster
- On February 24, 2017