“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
& Move with the change!!
Indeed, times are rapidly changing, not only in our day-to-day life but in our work life too, owing to the huge intervention of technology. All of us are living in a fast-paced environment, where everything needs to be done in a jiffy as if there is no tomorrow. There is a rush for every result, which is putting us under tremendous pressure, right from 8 years old to 80 years old, everyone is undergoing some kind of mental trauma owing to the changing environment.
This fact also cannot be denied “Change is the only constant.” And we humans are part of this change. But many times, we don’t easily accept this fact and stretch ourselves beyond our limits. This creates lots of imbalances in our bodies leading to all sorts of ailments. Hence, it is very important to maintain a work-life balance for a wholesome life experience.
With changing times, new terminology keeps evolving and in today’s time, “work-life balance” is the buzzword. Almost every individual is struggling to do justice to both –work & life. The working atmosphere has evolved, the scenario is cut-throat, results are instant and the rush is constant. Some are able to cope whereas some aren’t able to.
There are certain tips with which you can achieve that for a happier present and future.
What are these?
- Planning will help you when you combine work activities with leisure, social, or fitness activities.
- You should embrace the way your brain functions
- You can slot time blocks time for various tasks
- Set an achievable deadline, so that you don’t have to rush beyond the deadline.
- Enlist technology to help you unplug.
- Go out for lunch or dinner, and enjoy with colleagues and friends.
- Switch off from the world and roam in your imaginary world.
“When you have balance in your life, work becomes an entirely different experience. There is a passion that moves you to a whole new level of fulfilment and gratitude, and that’s when you can do your best, for yourself and others.” — Cara Delevingne
You still have a question…what is this “work-life balance” all about?
Work-life balance is a key part of self-care when juggling the responsibilities of your workday, home life, and relationships with your family members and other loved ones.
That’s right. But what is this balance all about?
We all know the feeling when demands are piling up on one side of the work-life scale and dominating our personal life. Besides, we may also know the feeling of unfulfilled dreams and desires on the other side of the scale. This eventually drags people into a vague feeling of discontent and disengagement.
Having said that, it is important to manage your time and energy in a way that leaves you feeling fulfilled and engaged as a whole human being. What can allow you to show up as your best self and avoid mental exhaustion?
Work-life balance is often used to describe a trade-off. You balance the time spent on work projects versus time spent with family, friends, and personal interests.
How can you achieve work-life balance at work?
It is not difficult to achieve if you follow some of these tips:
- Learn to say “no”
Learning how to say no can be one of the hardest soft skills for any dedicated professional to learn and put into practice. But it’s an important part of setting boundaries. To start, you must first assess the typical demands of your day and learn to articulate and prioritize what you have on your plate.
- Take breaks
Taking breaks is very important to break the exhaustion, even a small break can do wonders as it will improve concentration, reduce stress, enhance engagement and make your work feel more enjoyable.
- Enjoy your lunch
If you have a lunch break at your place of work, it’s your right to use it. This means you shouldn’t be expected to always eat at your desk and work through lunch. You can take this time to enjoy your meal mindfully. You can also do short meditations or breathing exercises if your stress levels are high or experience chronic stress.
- Ask for flexibility
Having open, honest conversations about your needs and those of your employer and team can lead to productive solutions. Those can include flextime, a compressed workweek schedule, job sharing, and other creative options.
- Prioritize your health
Recognizing the importance of maintaining your physical health, emotional well-being, and mental fitness is the first step to making it a priority in your life.
- Practice self-compassion
One of the most important ways to achieve a sense of work-life balance is to let go of perfectionism. The approach of perfectionism may have brought some success during school and early career. But the stress it causes accumulates over time.
Besides daily meditation, movement or exercise, social connection, gratitude and practice and committing to using your paid time off also lead to work-life balance.
Hence, this is key to happiness, so HappyHo.