How to Strike the Perfect Work-Life Balance
Every job holds its own risks but, believe it or not, one of the most common work-related illnesses is caused by one thing: stress.
Last year, 39% of work-related illnesses were attributed to stress, depression or anxiety, illustrating just how important it is for both organisations and employees to prioritise mental health.
We’ve put together some top tips to help people achieve a better work-life balance:
Work on your time-management
Instead of working harder or for longer hours, there might be something you can do to better improve you time-management skills. Is there a small admin task that’s consistently getting in the way of bigger projects? Do you tend to work on ad hoc tasks as they come in, instead of sticking to a prioritised list? Perhaps you’re not delegating the right tasks? Learning how to better-manage your time can go a long way in cutting down hours spent at work.
Remember to factor in some ‘me time’
If you’re overrun with work and family commitments, it’s likely that you aren’t leaving much time for yourself. Try and leave one night a week free to read a book, or catch up on your favourite TV show. Failing that, run a bath, light some candles and put a good CD on – there’s nothing like a hot bath to help you unwind and focus on yourself for a moment.
Exercise isn’t just good for the body, it can make a world of difference to your mental health, too. It can be all too easy to get into the habit of putting in an extra hour at work instead of going to the gym, because it seems more pressing. However, starting an exercise class is a good way to give yourself a sense of commitment. With exercise reducing your risk of getting a major illness by 50%, you can appreciate the importance.
Make a date
Whether it’s scheduling in a few hours to go for a walk in the countryside or having a weekly date night with your partner, putting things in the calendar will help you acknowledge their importance, making it more likely you’ll fit them into your schedule. This is particularly true when it comes to making dates with a partner, not to mention the benefits of spending quality time together.
Take up a hobby
As well as giving you non-work-related goals to focus on, some hobbies can truly enrich your life. Why not look into mastering a new language or learning to salsa? This can be tied into the pervious suggestion too; having a regular activity to do with a loved one is a great way to ensure you’re making time for each other.
Putting some of the above advice into practise will help you keep some perspective, and make sure that you’re working hard and playing hard in equal measure!
This article was first published on 4th November 2015.
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