Work can be stressful. Trying to get ahead can feel like we need to be “on” all the time. This feeling can be exacerbated if you are the breadwinner in the family or if you are single.
This is self-inflicted stress and there are better ways to live. Here are some great reasons to make some changes to your current work-life balance.
Even though it can feel like you can’t take a break to get ahead, not doing so will actual derail your efforts. If you are non-stop all the time, you will hit a breaking point.
It may not be this week, this month, or even this year but trust me you will get there!
Making your job your top and only priority will lead to resentment about what you are missing out on.
Instead of being able to push through your next difficult time, you may just want to give up.
Enjoy Your Job
Imagine not being incredibly stressed out every night? It is possible with some changes. You can’t be everything to everyone. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you will be more at peace.
To get this balance, you will need to prioritize your life at work. You will need to start saying no to certain projects and be more strategic in what you spend your time on.
Think More Clearly
Time away from work makes you better at your job. Studies have proven that working more hours does not correlate to getting more done after a certain timeframe. According to a study in Australia, reported by USA Today the magic number is 39 hours per week.
Find other ways to spend your time to allow your brain to recharge. You will find that you have better ideas and are able to get more accomplished.
Spending less time at the office frees up time for other activities. That means you don’t have an excuse not to exercise!
Take time to exercise both your brain and your body. This doesn’t mean that you need to sign up for P90x, but try walking a few times a night. Slowly increase the time and frequency and you will notice an increase in energy and brainpower.
If stress is a factor, consider adding meditation and yoga to your daily routine.
I added in yoga about a year ago and meditation earlier this year. My stress and anxiety level has plummeted! I honestly can’t believe the difference.
I recently spoke in front of new hire orientation with my new company and literally had the thought beforehand “I can’t believe I am not freaking out right now!”. It works, give it a try.
Perhaps the biggest reason to get your work-life balance on track is your relationships. Spending time with friends and family is important to your overall wellbeing.
According to Northwestern Medicine, healthy relationship benefits include less stress, better healing, healthier behaviors, greater sense of purpose, and a longer life.
Remember that famous quote “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same result”.
Take the necessary steps to evaluate your current environment to get a sense of where you are. Then identify where you can make some changes. It doesn’t have to be huge to start.
Make a small change, then another, and another and soon you will find that happy medium.
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