Time is Precious, Spend it Wisely

Time is Precious, Spend it Wisely

Successfully achieving a healthy work-life balance can support greater achievement in the workplace, as well as improved wellbeing and happiness. In contrast, not achieving a healthy work-life balance can result in increased stress levels, exhaustion, illness and burnout.

Finding the right balance will vary depending on circumstances such as having children, starting a new career or business, or simply going through a busy period. Achieving work-life balance doesn’t mean you have to stop working hard, as many professions require us to do so. It is however, about getting the balance right and knowing how and when to switch off from work.

It’s essential to maintain a healthy balance between work, rest/relaxation and having fun, in order to perform at your best both at home and in work. Ensure you aren’t sacrificing your free time to work overtime daily, especially at the expense of your personal wellbeing or health.

Five ways to improve work-life balance:

Cut out activities that drain your time and energy

When time feels restricted it’s important that we are mindful of how time and energy are being spent. At times we can be drawn into tasks or habits that make us less efficient and can drain our energy without even realising.  An example could be clicking on push notifications whilst trying to complete an assignment or spending hours scrolling through Instagram when you could have spent quality time with a loved one. If you are easily drawn into activities that are not serving you as you wish, learn how to say no. This can be difficult however, when you do give your time you will be more positive and productive.

Set boundaries

For a healthy work-life balance, it’s important to set clear boundaries. This could be turning off push notifications and refraining from checking emails outside of working hours. In addition, minimising the amount you talk about work at home could help you switch off from the day.

Make time for the things you most enjoy

Once you’ve cut out activities that are no longer a good use of your time, you may find that there are still a number of tasks that you don’t enjoy but are required. Examples could be cleaning your home, managing your books or preparing healthy meals. If this isn’t something you enjoy or feel is time well spent, then outsourcing could be a great option. Your time could then be spent on tasks that you are good at and most enjoy.

Find time for self-care

Self-care is an important task that we should perform regularly in order to help maintain good health and wellbeing. Imagine having time to yourself to relax with no other demands. How would you spend this time? Read book, go for a massage, meditate, exercise, catch up with friends or go for a walk. All of which are a great way to help switch off from work, relax and recharge.

Ask for help

It is essential that we have a strong support network around. Surround yourself with like-minded, positive and supportive people that you can reach out to. Sometimes a chat with good friend is all you need to offload and feel more positive.

Implementing Self-Care into your Routine

Implementing Self-Care into your Routine

Self-care is an important task that we should perform regularly in order to help maintain good health and wellbeing. Yet leading a busy lifestyle can often mean that implementing an effective wellbeing routine can often become last priority. In addition, spending time to do the things that serve our wellbeing requirements may feel self-indulgent. However, by making time to participate in activities that nurture your health and wellbeing will be far more beneficial than neglecting this area of your life. For example you will be able to manage daily tasks more effectively both at home and at work. Furthermore, participating in self-care can help manage symptoms of stress and mental ill-health, as well as helping to prevent problems from getting worse.

Here are a few ways that you can implement self-care into your routine:

Treat yourself to a massage

Introducing massage into your routine can help relaxation and improve overall health. Studies have shown that massage can help boost circulation in the body, alongside reducing blood pressure and boosting the immune system.

Listen to music

Through music we experience a range of emotions, such as feeling joy, calmness or even sadness. . Listening to your favourite music can help your body to relax. Try creating a playlist that you can use specifically for winding down after a busy day.

Meditate

Meditation can help relax the body and the mind for a harmonised state of calm. Our brains can often become over-worked in our daily routines, so the use of mediation techniques are a great way of calming down after a busy day. You can access techniques through the many meditation apps that are available to help you improve your mediation levels.

Meet new people

Being sociable can help improve confidence levels and self esteem, whilst also encouraging communicational skills that are important in both the workplace and at home. Why not attend a class or activity that you otherwise might not have considered, or speak to someone new in the office this week.

Go for a walk

It is well known that participating in exercise is good for us! It supports improved sleep quality, increased fitness levels, reduced stress, protects against anxiety, and can improve self-esteem. Walking is one form of exercise that most of us can fit into our daily routine. Joining walking a group is a good way to stay motivated, while also making great social connections. Consider going for a walk on your next lunch break, perhaps ask a colleague or friends to join too, and start reaping the benefits.