How To Balance Your Work And Life
One of the most unanswered prayers in the world is related to work-life balancing. If only your job couldn’t be so suffocating and you had enough time for yourself!
Since the recent trends of work from home, working hours seem to stretch way beyond the 9-5 schedule. You’re replying to business emails over dinner and spending the rest of the day on your laptop. When do you get off?!
Achieving the perfect work-life balance is essential for your mental health as it is for your career. However, you have to accept that there is no “perfect” work-life balance. You can never divide your days into equal halves to dedicate to work or personal life.
There will be days when you have to travel because of work and other days when you have to catch up on your child’s game. So, it can be said that the only perfect work-life balance is achieved over time and not daily.
With that settled, let’s move on to what you can do to strike a balance between your professional and personal life.
Settle For What You Can Do
More often than not, the sleepless nights from overwhelming work at the office is not because of a short deadline but our own perfectionism. The drive to get everything done perfectly by yourself makes you compromise a lot of hours.
Although perfectionism is a great trait, there is always a lot of work that you can task other people with. If you have a team for a particular project, involve everyone equally and trust others to play their part as enthusiastically as you. You’ll be surprised at how well things turn out to be without you stressing out as well.
Develop An Interest In Your Job
As easy it is to say, “do what you love,” it isn’t that realistic. Not all of us have the luxury of choosing the type of job we do. We only get to settle for what pays the bills and keeps bread on the table.
However, that doesn’t mean your current job must be tedious. If you develop an interest in your line of work, you will soon see new opportunities to cross your path. And that leads you towards a happier day at work.
Whether you are a painter, an accountant, a banker, or even a bartender, there is always a place for growth if you look for it!
By developing an interest in your job, you make it less of a stress. Getting out of bed in the morning won’t be so difficult after all. And you’ll be at a much lesser risk of burnout or stress from work.
Plan Your Days Off
As I mentioned, achieving the perfect balance between work and life isn’t a daily judgment. Similarly, your breaks and off-time shouldn’t be left out of the daily routine either.
Suppose you have an important social or family commitment coming up. In that case, it is best to inform your employer at least a week in advance. You can offer to work extra before the day off or after to make up for the day off. But that would still give you a great chance to catch up on the affairs with friends and family.
A common misconception about achieving the perfect work-life balance is that we expect everything to magically fall within its designated time, which is never the case. Just like you sometimes have to push your sleep a little farther to work late, you need to make room for your personal and social commitments from work as well.
The most common symptom of a poor work-life balance is deteriorating mental health. You swing in and out of depression, anxiety, and stress. And these obstacles keep you from performing your best at work, which eventually affects your personal life.
To maintain good mental health, you can include several herbs in your meals or tea. Herbs like cinnamon, rosemary, red jongkong kratom powder, and curcumin are not only spices to add a distinct flavor to your meals but also have strong anti-anxiety and pain-numbing properties.
Brewing kratom seeds with tea adding a little more cinnamon to your meal will reduce the chances of burnout.
Rest is one of the most important factors of achieving an ideal work-life balance. The duration, quality, and timing of your rest/sleep have a lot to say about your work-life balance.
If you are not meeting a minimum of seven hours of sleep each day, and that two in multiple go’s, then you’re at a higher risk of burnout from work. To make sure you’re productive at work and make time for your personal life, you need to rest your mind and body.
For the healthiest lifestyle, sleeping at night and waking up early in the morning is an ideal habit to build. It allows you to fall into a deep slumber and give your mind and body ample time for recovery. And as a result, you’re completely charged, mentally, and physically, the next day and are ready to take on any stress or problems that come your way.