Ideally, you’d like a healthy balance between your personal and professional life. Of course, that can be easier said than done. Many of us struggle with work-life balance – you’re not alone if you’re feeling overwhelmed by work, or like you don’t have enough time for yourself or your family. The question is, how can you start to turn things around and get that balance back?
Here are three tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance:
#1: Take a break.
Overwork is a leading cause of a poor work-life balance. Sometimes, you just need a break – and that’s okay. Whether it’s taking a day off or putting in for a week of vacation, allow yourself to step away from your job and decompress away from the workplace. Remember: There is no nobility in never taking a break from work. Your job will still be there when you get back. Your vacation days are there for a reason, and it’s important you don’t stop yourself from using them by worrying that your absence will overload your coworkers or result in a big backlog of work when you return.
#2: Set boundaries.
Part of maintaining a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life is setting boundaries. That can mean different things for different people. Perhaps you need to commit to not checking your email after work hours, avoid taking that overtime shift, or learning to say “no” when you’re asked to take on additional responsibilities. Setting these boundaries with your supervisors, coworkers, and yourself goes a long way toward maintaining a better balance.
#3: Make time for things you love.
When you’re burnt out from work, you start to lose interest in the things you once liked doing. It’s important to prioritize things you love when you’re not at work. Make time to spend with family, or simply take a few hours to do something you enjoy – go shopping, visit the spa, take a walk in the great outdoors, or hit the gym. You’ll be surprised how rejuvenating it can be to get away from work and focus on something you love for a few hours; it puts things into perspective and helps you remember that work is only a part of your life, not your whole life.
Find Your Balance With a Better Job
Sometimes, the best way to improve your work-life balance is by finding a job that values your wellness and free time. If you’re ready to find a new position in the Greater Toronto Area or Southwestern Ontario, turn to the recruiting experts at HCR Personnel Solutions. Contact us today to start your job search.