At times you might feel like all you’re doing is clocking in and out, traveling to and from work, and that’s that. And it’s exhausting! It’s very important for your mental and physical well-being to make sure you get some much-needed you-time. In the case it’s impossible for you to abandon work when you’re at home then here are a couple of tips on drawing the line.
Include some downtime to your schedule
It’s important you are able to fully recharge and enjoy time with family and friends. If you have a tendency to get overwhelmed with work then plan some family-activities for the weekend. You will have something to look forward to and it’s an additional incentive to manage your time well. A good tip is to plan recurring social activities, such as a monthly book club or a once a week dinner. If you schedule regular activities like these, it will allow you to plan around them instead of planning your social life around work.
After a long and busy day at work, sometimes the only thing you want to do is to lay on the sofa and binge-watch some shows on television. However, when you use this time to exercise it will be a lot more beneficial. When you get your blood pumping it will boost your energy and improve your ability to concentrate. Results of a survey show that there is a correlation between exercise habits and the experience of resolving work and home demands. Those who exercise gradually develop good self-efficacy. The term refers to the ability to take things on and get things done. Those who exercise in their free time are more ready to take on more challenges at work and improve their home life at the same time.
There are evenings after work when your head does not stop reeling. Either going over what was talked about during a meeting or preparing a to-do list for all the things you need to do the following day. But when it comes down to creating a good and healthy work/life balance the word that will do the trick is closure. The Mental Health Foundation mentions that in case you take work home with you, you have to try and confine it to a certain room – and then to close the door on it. It’s important as well to set some boundaries to your availability to avoid burnout. If, for example, colleagues need to get in touch with you out of work set a time-frame where you’re available for their calls. Anything after then has to wait.
Create a daily routine
When you implement a routine it will keep you on track for achieving a balance. Keeping habits, like sleeping eight hours, taking a daily walk and eating healthy, will make you healthier and happier in the long run. Create a set of goals every day and work to achieve them. To be able to meet priorities will give you that wonderful sense of control and accomplishment, which is essential for a healthy mindset. When you stick to a deadline it will reflect in your mental clarity, creativity, emotional capacity and in your relationships
After sitting behind a computer screen all day while being bombarded with e-mails, it’s very important to schedule some time to just be. It can be drawing, coloring in or meditating, dump the screens and practice some mindfulness. Scientists say each one of us has a “set point” of happiness that stays relatively stable. Research shows that meditation can increase our set point of happiness. To help you make it easier, you can use one of the many apps out there that will guide you in meditation. Headspace is one of the popular ones. It just takes 10 minutes of your time and it will leave you feeling calm and relaxed, and ready to start the day fresh.