How can I achieve a healthy work-life balance?

Whether you’re employed or looking for a job, it’s always important to set time aside to look after yourself. This will mean different things for different people, but generally speaking, it’ll involve things like making time to exercise, eat well, socialise, and/or explore your passions.

When you’ve got a lot on at work or you’re desperate to find a job, it can be easy to become so focused on the task ahead that you let other areas of your life slide. This happens to most of us at some point, but it’s important to be able to spot when you aren’t taking enough personal time, so you can readjust the balance.

You’ll usually know when you aren’t taking enough personal time, as you may find yourself feeling excessively tired, missing friends and family, or just generally not feeling like the best version of yourself. If you’re feeling especially run-down, then you might be experiencing burnout – which you can read about here.

Scheduling personal time isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve got a lot to do. But it’s okay to start small; for example, by setting aside an hour a day to do something that you enjoy. This could be anything at all – a gym session, cooking your favourite meal, meeting a friend for coffee, or taking your grandchildren to the park.

The key to setting aside personal time is to schedule it in, like you would a work appointment, otherwise it’s usually the first thing to be sacrificed when things get busy. Often, if we’re looking after ourselves well – both mentally and physically – we’ll feel more content and perform better at work. So don’t be afraid to make yourself a priority!

Author: wpadmin

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