Having a healthy work-life balance is more important than ever with the new increase in home working. Rather than keeping the two separate many now have both sides completely merged, people are working in their beds. This can make it hard for people to separate work from rest and this can create an unhealthy work-life balance.
Maintaining a work-life balance is one of the most important factors in a healthy workplace. Having a healthy work-life balance has been shown to reduce stress and therefore reduce burnout in the workplace. Chronic stress is one of the most common health issues within those who work and not only does stress effect mental health, but it can also affect physical health. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance will led to fewer health issues and higher productivity.
So here are a few tips on how you can create and maintain a work-life balance.
Learn how to say no
Saying no can feel embarrassing or wrong but it is a crucial skill to learn. By saying no to the small things allows you to say yes to the more important tasks. This works for both home life and work life. Stretching yourself out to try and do everything that is asked will lead to increased stress and low quality in what you are doing.
Set professional and personal goals
Whether it’s just to hug your significant other goodbye before you leave every day or if it’s getting that big project out on time. Having set goals makes it easier to manage your time and navigate all the things you need to do. Setting personal goals allows you to take time to yourself away from work and will help maintain a healthy balance.
It has been proven that after 90 minutes productivity and attention fall massively. So, taking regular breaks will help keep you focused on the task and allow you to relax for a little bit before going back to work. Taking breaks reduces psychological fatigue and will allow for a healthier mindset.
Stop looking for perfection
Aiming for perfection in everything you do can be exhausting. For many letting go of the idea that they need to be perfect is extremely hard however maintaining it can become destructive to your own health. ‘There are studies that show the higher the perfectionism, the more psychological disorders you will suffer’ – Sarah Egan. Sometimes just being is good is the right thing.
Ask for help
Many seem to never want to ask for help, they don’t want to bother people or seem as though they aren’t good enough. However, asking for help can only improve whatever situation it is. Regardless of if it is for work or for personal reasons, having someone else’s experiences and point of view will help.
Keeping a healthy work-life balance will increase productivity and lead to a healthier lifestyle. If you are a workaholic who doesn’t take the time out for yourself then maybe you should try and see how it can improve your life.