Tip 1 – Stay Social
After a long day of work, it can be hard to get your mind to turn off work-mode. A great way to get your mind off of your ever-changing to-do list of work things is to get social. Invite a friend over for a glass of wine, go for a date night with your loved one, spend some quality time with your kids. Any of these things can really help you create a break from your work-mentality and learn to create some things to look forward to after your hard work is wrapped up for the day. You will not only get the opportunity to create memories and stronger bonds with loved ones, but you will also be given a chance to escape from the pent up stresses.
Tip 2- Carve Out Some Me-Time.
We spend so much of our lives worrying about our responsibilities, that we often forget to put some time aside to take care of ourselves. When you expend so much of your energy on everything/everyone in your life, you can often be left feeling unsatisfied and stressed. Self-care can be as simple as taking a bath at the end of a long week, reading a book, watching a movie. Do something for you, be selfish with your time at least once a week. Learning to make time for yourself and put yourself first can seem hard when you are juggling a busy schedule, but it can actually lead to better performance at work and in your everyday life when you’re going into it feeling satisfied and cared for.
Tip 3- Take a Class; Develop a Hobby
This tip ties into what we just talked about above; making time for yourself. Discovering a hobby, or skill and learning more about the things that interest you can really help you feel more fulfilled in your day to day life. Setting aside an hour, once a week, dedicated to diving deeper into something you love is a great way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Have you always loved music, but never made the time? Sign up for guitar lessons, and finally, get the opportunity to do what you love in your downtime.
Now more than ever before- we are finding it harder and harder to create a work-life schedule that works for us. Figuring out ways that you can incorporate these tips into your life can make a world of a difference to your stress levels, overall job satisfaction and work performance.