Let’s face it. We spend more time at work than with our families. As much as we try to separate our career from our personal life, it is not always easy to find balance. The new normal in the workforce is busyness. We may not have time for everything but we do have time for what we choose to make it for. I urge you to make time to manage your stress in a healthy way. You deserve to spend your time wisely which is why the aspects of your work do not belong in your personal life. Many of us are not even aware of the impact of being consumed by the everyday stress.
Working full-time and trying to have a personal life seems impossible. Balancing your professional life with your personal life can become exhausting. Eventually the lines blur due to the demands of everyday life. The free time you get following work must be planned, prioritized, and flexible. This method allows you to refresh your mind and reset for the next day. Work stress can disrupt that process over time. If you are not giving you mind the proper time to rejuvenate you will start to feel more stress thus lowering productivity. Per Relevant Magazine, “Millennial’s are a stressed-out generation.” Our work environment has many factors that can cause stress. However, over times stress can have a negative impact on many aspects of our lives.
The top 3 being:
- Negative performance reviews at work.
- Less engagement with family, co-workers and friends.
- Increased anxiety and risk of depression.
If you find yourself struggling to manage the stress that has started to affect your work performance or life here are 3 simple ways to cready work/life balance.
#1 Prioritize by keeping a daily or weekly schedule.
Break down tasks and give each task it’s on designated time slot in your schedule. Even plan to do things you enjoy. If your favorite show comes on from 8-9 p.m. don’t schedule anything during that time slot unless necessary. Planning ensures your time is allocated properly. Try to plan your week on Sunday or every night before you go to bed. However, always be flexible with your plan.
#2 Go out and do something fun with friends or family.
If money is tight you can find an affordable way to have an evening out or a bit of fun. It’s not all doom and gloom. You can find the good in anything! It’s okay to give yourself a night off from sulking and thinking about all the what-ifs. Give yourself a chance to refuel. Going out and having fun will reduce your stress level tremendously. Multiple research studies have shown the benefit of laughter. Use it to your advantage.
#3 Plan for change.
Make one change in your life that could lead to reducing stress even if it will make you uncomfortable.