In today's world, the struggle — or should we say, the hustle — is real. It's all too easy to let work take precedence over everything else in our lives. The desire for professional success (and financial stability!) can make us push aside our own well-being, so creating a harmonious work/life balance is a must for preserving physical, mental, and spiritual health.
The Importance of Finding a Work/Life Balance
So, exactly what is a work/life balance? It's a state of equilibrium where you can equally prioritize the demands of your career with those of your personal life. When you take on more responsibilities at work or work longer hours, or on the flip side, when you take on increased responsibilities on the home front, you risk tilting out of that equilibrium.
Finding that "sweet spot" translates to numerous benefits, though. A good work/life balance often means:
- Less stress and anxiety.
- Greater sense of well-being.
- Lower risk of burnout.
In other words, achieving that balance is also important for career success in the long run. But how can you get there? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Take Mental Health Days — Unapologetically
Your health should always be your top priority, and that goes beyond just your physical state. If you're not in good shape physically or spiritually, your work life and personal life will both suffer. In addition to eating healthy meals, fitting exercise into your schedule, and making sure you get enough sleep, don't be afraid or ashamed to take that mental health day when you need it. Do it without feeling the guilt society has ingrained in us. After all, you wouldn't feel the need to apologize for skipping out on work if you had the flu, would you? Your mental health is just as important.
Speak to a Psychic
If you're feeling overwhelmed, reach out for help. Untenable work situations usually have a way of getting resolved with some assertiveness. If you're not sure which workplace issues you can bring to your co-workers or how to deal with office politics, speak to a Psychic for guidance. An intuitive Psychic reading can help you come up with personalized strategies for figuring out the work/life balance that's eluding you.
Set realistic limits about things you will and won't do at home and at work, making sure you clearly communicate your boundaries with your supervisor and co-workers - as well as your family and partner. This might look like setting aside blocks of time at home where you won't even look at work emails, no matter how insistent the notification tone!
Define Goals and Priorities
Set aside some time to seriously reflect on what's important to you. Make a list of top priorities, both at home and at work, and then audit your time to figure out what you need to do more or less (or none) of to make those priorities a reality. Use your list of priorities to create concrete, measurable goals, blocking time into your schedule for things you value just as you would for a big meeting or appointment.
Looking for personalized tips for creating your own work/life balance? Chat with a PathForward Psychic Advisor today.