Work Life Balance

How To Improve Your Work-Life Balance

It can be challenging to effectively manage professional and personal life, which makes work-life balance an essential topic of discussion. According to several statistical reports, over 60 percent of employees in the United States have an unhealthy work-life balance. 

Also, the increase in remote work due to the covid-19 appears to increase the imbalance between work and personal life for most adults worldwide. 

So the question becomes, “how can people improve their work-life balance when they have so much in their lives?” This blog post will enlighten you on all you should know about balancing professional and personal life and why you should. 

What is work-life balance, and why is it significant?

Work-life balance refers to the state of equilibrium between professional and personal life. It is the state of balance where we reasonably meet the demands of our jobs and still enjoy some private time outside work. 

As cliche as it sounds, “too much of everything is bad”. Although most people struggle with accepting it, too much work can have some debilitating effects on our quality of life. Therefore, when work dominates all aspects of living, a healthy work-life balance becomes an effective way to deal with stress

Balancing professional and personal life is vital for maintaining excellent physical and emotional well-being and improving mental health. So, such balance is akin to consuming a balanced diet to maintain optimal bodily functions. 

What causes poor work-life balance?

Generally, the need to succeed professionally pushes most people into a workaholic lifestyle. However, most people with an unhealthy work-life balance are oblivious that a healthy work-life balance improves professional performance. Essentially, balancing work and personal life is critical for career success. 

Here are some of the reasons disrupting the balance between work and life for most people:

  • Additional responsibilities at work, like a promotion
  • Other domestic duties like childcare
  • Working extra hours due to financial constrains
  • Remote working.

What happens when you have a disrupted work-life balance?

A disrupted work-life balance is more physically and emotionally damaging than missing out on regular exercise. Additionally, such individuals are prone to higher stress levels and professional inadequacy due to burnout. 

Here are some negative effects on your life when there is an imbalance between professional and personal life:

  • A weak immune system due to higher levels of stress
  • Increased fatigue and exhaustion
  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Excessive weight loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of concentration
  • Decreased sex drive, etc. 

Here is how you know that you could be dealing with a whack work-life balance:

  • Chronic work obsession and working overtime
  • Chronic backache and body pains
  • Irritability and social anxiety in extreme conditions
  • Dysfunctional relationships
  • Disorganized personal and professional space

Benefits of an improved work-life balance

Here are a few benefits you enjoy when you begin to balance work and personal life:

  • Increased productivity at work
  • Increased concentration and mindfulness
  • Better physical, emotional and mental wellness
  • Higher self-esteem and motivation
  • Lower stress levels
  • Higher energy 

What are some effective wayds to improve your work-life balance?

Balancing professional and personal life has no ultimate formula as everyone and every work is unique. However, a little attention to detail, creativity, and commitment to striking this balance will do the magic. Additionally, you might require some introspection to enable you critically examine your situation and discover what works better for you. 

Here is a list of methods you can employ to restore the balance between professional and personal life:

  • Master the art of saying “no” without being rude.
  • Reduce perfectionism
  • Utilize your lunch break at work
  • Create adequate time for exercise and leisure
  • Spend time with family and loved ones
  • Ask your boss for some flexibility with your work schedule
  • Embrace remote working with caution.

Final Thoughts

Balancing professional and personal life is no easy feat, especially when so much is happening. However, it is best not to stress over it. Instead, you should take baby steps to restore the balance you desire. If you find it difficult to establish this balance, you can contact us for a session to balance things out.

 

 

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Best Ways to Deal with Stress 

Best Ways to Deal with Stress 

Healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way in helping people to deal with stress. Stress is an enemy of one’s health. It can lower immunity and lead to or worsen illnesses and other medical conditions. Stress is basically the body’s response to certain events, whether they be good or bad events. Stress levels vary from person to person, and what might not cause any stress for one person could be highly stressful for another. The effects of too much stress include changing one’s behavior, being unhappy or depressed, not sleeping well at night, and many other behaviors that do more harm than good. Below are well-explained ways of coping with stress:

(a) Regular exercise

Exercising is an excellent way of relieving stress and promoting a good physical condition as well. A recent study showed that people who exercise for just 30 minutes per week are less likely to be stressed than those people who do not workout at all. Working out regularly can help relieve stress because it makes the individual physically tired . This form of relaxation helps individuals sleep better at night, which also reduces the effects of stress on their bodies. All workout should be done with consent from a doctor if the individual has certain pre-existing medical conditions. Some of stress relieving exercises include dancing, walking, yoga, running, and others.

(b) Listening to music

Individuals who listen to their favorite type of music or songs while trying to relax will get rid of stress in no time. There is something about enjoying music that helps people feel better instantly because they associate great memories and happy emotions with their favorite songs. 

(c) Creating art

Most artists can get away from their problems and worries by creating something new, whether writing with words, painting a picture, or making up a beat on an instrument. Art can help people express themselves in ways they cannot do in real life when they are stressed. If individuals create something because they feel like it, this will reduce their stress levels and make them happier overall in life.

(d) Getting enough sleep

It is no secret that getting 8 hours of sleep everyday as encouraged by specialists can help individuals stay healthy and stress-free. Without enough sleep, the body cannot function properly, leading to bigger problems like fatigue, weight gain, or even heart disease. Having trouble sleeping is a common cause of stress for many people because they are trying to do too much during the day. 

(e) Eating right

Eating healthy foods is one way of living a longer and better life without worrying about future illnesses like diabetes, obesity, or cancer. It is also important not to skip certain meals throughout the day because this only adds more stress to an individual.

 

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