Is Work Taking Over Your Time? Use These Tips to Create Work-Life Balance!

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So many working adults are scrambling around to get everything they need done in a day, yet there is never enough time. The job comes first because we all know bills need to be paid. The problem is how you can create the balance between your job with everything else in life. You need to make sure your relationships, health, fitness, sleeping schedule and everything else gets taken care of as well. There is a solution – work-life balance. As suggested by the George Washington University’s Guide to Healthy Habits for a Work Life Balance, it is important to balance out the various aspects of your life, along with your work, instead of letting your self-care decline. Seems simple enough, but for most time slips away far too fast. Don’t worry, you are not alone. You can learn today how to make small changes to improve the balance between work and different areas of your life.

Daily or Weekly Downtime

Before you can balance out your work with everything else happening in your life, you must take care of yourself. Everyone deserves to have some downtime. If you work, it can be tough to schedule in downtime. However, it is essential to helping you feel calmer and more at ease. Your downtime could consist of sipping tea for 5 minutes alone in the morning or taking a nap once a week on a Saturday afternoon. Figure out where you can squeeze in some downtime, so you can keep your mental, emotional and physical health intact.

Creating Healthier Habits

Everyone deserves to be healthy and happy. If you are overworking yourself, you might become stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. Working too much can create physical health issues too. If you want to have a better work-life balance, creating healthier habits in the various areas of your life would be a great start. When you are healthier, you feel better and that increases motivation to keep up with and enjoy the daily grind in life.

Working on Your Nutritional Health Habits

You can start by focusing on your nutritional health. If you had to list the healthy foods you eat daily, how many could you list? If you are like many working adults, this would be tough. So many miss breakfast, go out to eat on their lunch hour and may even stop at fast food on the way home from work. You aren’t alone, but you do have the power to make healthier changes. It can begin with adding one or two healthy foods into each day. For example, you could have a banana for breakfast and a whole grain piece of toast for a snack.

Making Changes to Physical Health Habits

You can also work on your physical health. The nutritional health plays some role in this. However, in this aspect, you may want to implement a fitness plan. Like many other working adults, your only exercise you get now may be walking to and from your car to go to work. You can change this. Remember, you only need to start small. Go for a quick walk around your house for 5 to 10 minutes in the morning. Do some push-ups or sit-ups in your office on lunch break.

Getting Enough ZZZ’s

Creating a work-life balance can be tough. This is even more true if you are trying to save money, work overtime or even when aiming for a promotion. It may seem you have no choice but to give into the demands of your job and let everything else slide. However, this means you aren’t taking care of yourself. One thing you might dismiss is your sleeping schedule. One sleep study shows the average adult gets only 6.8 hours of sleep each night, with some getting less than 5 hours per night. Research has shown a lack of sleep increases the risk of health problems, which would make it even more difficult to take care of yourself. Get the sleep you need sooner rather than later. Research also shows productivity and focus improve when getting proper sleep, so keep that in mind. Your work will benefit by this self-care and work-life balance tip. You can start by going to bed 10 minutes earlier and easing it up from there.

Creating a work-life balance doesn’t need to be difficult. It may seem overwhelming, especially if you are working a lot. Remember, you only need to make one small change at a time and you can see improvements start to happen. Pick one change to implement today.

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About Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA. Heather has obtained a master's degree in clinical social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology with a youth services minor. Heather is also a Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Additionally, Heather is a dedicated and passionate freelance writer. Heather takes interest in topics related to parenting, children, families, personal development, health and wellness, mental health, happiness, and life coaching.
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