Trying to balance everyday life and a demanding job is difficult. Sometimes people find a balance and lose it. Having a never-ending work day is not healthy. It is important for those who dedicate their life to their work, to remember that keeping a healthy lifestyle is the only way their work can continue. Taking care of yourself before diving into work is something that is usually overlooked.
Sitting down to figure out a way to maintain a healthy work-life balance is the best way to ensure you stay on track. Below are some helpful tips to keep your work and yourself strong, mentally and physically.
- Avoiding perfectionism
Workaholics tend to become perfectionists, which is why they become a workaholic in the first place. Perfectionism can ultimately lead to destruction. To avoid feeling burned out, let go of being a perfectionist. Strive to be outstanding at what you do, not perfect.
- Schedule your exercising and meditation
You may look at your workload and think to yourself, “There’s no way I can exercise today.” If you get to that point, that’s when you’ve lost your balance. Put on your schedule, every day, when you are going to exercise. If you don’t have the time for a 30-minute workout, schedule a 10 to 15-minute meditation to re-center yourself before diving back into work.
- Break your habits
Habits are not set in stone! Look over your life from an outside perspective and find and break the habits that don’t make your life easier. Don’t try to do it all. Focus on the habits that assist in keeping your life simple.
- Completely unplug
It’s true that technology has made our lives a bit easier in some ways. However, don’t let technology rule your life. Don’t send work emails when you’re with your family and keep your
phone in your pocket at your kids sporting event. Keep your mind on what’s in front of you.
Work and life go hand in hand. But if you want to perform your best in the workplace, it is extremely important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. Meal planning is also a huge help when you are anticipating a busy work week. Make a note and leave it where it’s visible regularly to make time for yourself. Remembering that you need to be taken care of too will help you maintain a healthy balance between work and life.