Managing a work-life balance can be exhausting and demoralizing if it becomes just another box to check on your weekly to-do list. Our micro-managed modern business culture with its rogue business responsibilities often replaces time set aside for self-care. While true balance will look different for everyone, here are a few universal tips to help make it a reality:
Figure out when you are at your most productive. Are you the sort of person who plugs in the moment they wake up or do you prefer the quiet at the end of the day? What works for you has a lot to do with the way your energy is nurtured by the environment around it, so experiment with that space to better understand the nature of your productivity. Consider the amount of lighting, kind of furniture, and access to facilities that help you remain focused. And don’t be afraid to mix it up when your needs change to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time.
It may be time to get extra help. Whether it’s a cleaning service or grocery shopping, there may be tasks and chores that you can affordably outsource. Getting your laundry cleaned by a professional service may be the difference between you having an extra 30 to 90 minutes both before and after work for family time. These come with actual costs but if you can afford it, consider it an investment in your family’s health.
Get some exercise. Your endurance at the office and at home is directly related to your overall health, and the body has a built-in way to deal with stress and anxiety called endorphins, which are released during exercise, and help counteract the effects of the stress hormone, cortisol.
And the good you do by strengthening muscles and bones is enhanced by working toward a physical goal that has results you can also feel. Find a workout buddy to keep you honest and don’t sweat it if you miss a class or session – this is about finding a balance to your life after all.