As a large portion of the population is learning the in’s and out’s of working from home, it’s important to find a work-life balance. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the stress of your everyday work life and bring that into your personal life. According to recent findings, 70% of the population is describing the COVID-19 Pandemic as the most stressful time in their career to date. This is why it’s important to find something to get the pressure off in your downtime.
Here are some tips to help you create a work-life balance that fits your lifestyle.
Tip 1- Set Work Hours
First and foremost, it is incredibly important to set work hours. It can be easy when working from home to put in the extra hours since your home is no longer associated with downtime, it’s transformed into a workspace too. In cases like this, the lines between work and home can get very blurred. Set work hours and stick to them, it’s more important than ever to know when to unplug for the day. If you don’t set specific work hours, the constant over time can leave you burnt out, exhausted, and – in some cases – resenting your job entirely. Setting these boundaries can help you stay productive and feel well-rested and satisfied.
Tip 2- Take Breaks Throughout Your Workday
Not only is it important to know when to unplug, but it’s also important to take breaks throughout the day. Sometimes that 15-minute refresh here and there can do you wonders, and lead to you coming back to your desk more focussed and ready to jump back in. Mental aspects aside, taking these quick breaks throughout the workday can also help you avoid unwanted problems in the future associated with long periods of desk-work such as; lower back pain, wrist strain, neck and shoulder pain, even eye strain. Be sure to walk away from your desk during these breaks, even if that means going into the next room. Your workspace is designated in your mind as a place of just that; work. If you stay in this atmosphere during your breaks it can be hard to truly let your mind relax and get the break you need. Get up for a few minutes every hour or two and shake it out! Shake off the stress and let your mind and body reset.
Tip 3- Get Moving
Exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels due to the body’s release of endorphins and serotonin when performing physical activity. These are neurotransmitters in your body that help regulate mood and relieve the feeling of stress and anxiety in the brain. Often people shy away from exercise because they associate it with a form of physical activity that they’ve tried and didn’t like. For example, someone who has tried weightlifting and didn’t enjoy it may find themselves discouraged and then associate all exercise with this feeling they don’t like. In reality, there are countless things you can do to get your body moving and those endorphins flowing. If you don’t like Cardio, try Yoga. If you don’t like Yoga, try Zumba. If Zumba wasn’t or you, try going for a leisurely walk. Whatever you do to get your body moving, and keep your mind at ease. Long days at work can be draining on your spirit and cause you not to feel like yourself. Finding even just a few minutes to get moving throughout or at the end of the day can be so beneficial to your stress levels and overall mental health during a heavy work week.