As the country begins to open up again and life slowly goes back to normal, many people are going to see some form of return to pre-pandemic levels of professional activity. On top of going back to work, the weather is getting warmer, and many people are also more than ready to have some much-needed fun outside. It is important to establish an intentional work-to-play ratio to properly balance your fun with productivity. If you are like many people, you may benefit from planning your life ahead of these upcoming changes. Take this opportunity to make a plan for success as you navigate away from over a year of working from home or restricted activities and into a more open world.
Work is a major time consumer for most people. It can be tempting to put your personal life on the back burner for the sake of climbing the ladder of success; remember that balance is just as important to your career as it is to your mental health. Overworking yourself to the point of imbalance can lead to a decline in your productivity, satisfaction at work, and overall performance – not to mention adversely affecting your mind.
Being able to separate your life from your work can benefit your life in many ways, from reducing stress and chances of burnout to increasing your overall sense of happiness and fulfillment. Learning to compartmentalize your time will allow you to devote your complete attention and energy to the task at hand, whether it’s work-related or for your enjoyment.
When considering what sort of schedule works best for you, think about how you can achieve your goals both personally and professionally. Instead of trying to divide your daily hours evenly between work and your personal life, try to establish flexibility in meeting your short-term goals each day. There will be days when you work longer hours than usual and then enjoy yourself more later in the week. Instead of beating yourself up for working too much early on, accept the natural flow of your schedule and make sure to then balance it out with plenty of relaxation time.
When you think of the perfect work-life balance, you might imagine having an extremely productive day at work and then spending the rest of the evening having lots of fun. Ideal though it may sound, this idea might not be the most realistic basis for a healthy schedule. Strive to set achievable standards over the course of your week instead of trying to eke out the same amount of free time each day. Think of balance as something to achieve over time. While it’s normal to invest a serious percentage of your time into your career, your job shouldn’t come at the cost of the rest of your life. If you are unhappy with your job, you’re probably not going to be satisfied with your other endeavors. Even if you don’t love everything about your work, it can make a big difference to pick a career that you enjoy enough to get out of bed for every morning.
If you don’t particularly love your job, it is important to at least protect your emotional and mental health. The overwhelming majority of people can benefit from attending therapy sessions, and there’s little to lose by trying. Prioritizing your health doesn’t have to be extreme. Leaving work early to attend a therapy session or calling out of work for a mental health day can be necessary to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
Even simply choosing to take a complete break from the outside world every once in a while can give you time to recover from the built-up stress of work. You will refresh your thoughts and emotions and return to your regularly scheduled programming with a healthy mind. Refreshing your mind is one of the clearest benefits of going on a vacation. What better way to release tension than on the beach? It doesn’t have to be for a week – just one day of relaxation can work wonders.
Remember that your mental health is just as important as your career, and perhaps even more so. Whichever is more important to you, the best way to achieve your goals and resist burnout is to strike a work-life balance that allows you to thrive in every area of your life.
Although it isn’t always easy, learning to balance your work and personal life is crucial to enjoying your life to the fullest. No matter your profession, it’s important to unwind and spend time with the people you love. Compartmentalizing your work and personal life can also make you an even better employee or a business owner. You need breaks, or you will become burnt out. Make sure you give time to the people and things that you love outside of your career; in the long run, you may come to appreciate the many aspects of life that have nothing to do with money or your career. Overworking yourself can result in disorders like anxiety, depression, or stress, adding up to more serious conditions like an addiction. If you or your loved one have reached that point or are just looking for someone to talk to about making healthier priorities, contact Kimberly Center at (855)-452-3683.