Work-life balance has become a buzzword in the last few years and alongside “wellbeing” and “mental health” there’s been a shift in attitudes towards the concept. These words were once associated with weakness, but society is evolving, and hustle culture is being crushed under the weight of tales of burnout, sleepless nights and immense pressure.
The importance of work-life balance has never been more evident. It ensures our physical and mental well-being is in check, improves our quality of life and increases motivation at work. However, if you’ve grown used to the grind, it can be difficult to know where to begin when changing your habits.
In this article, we explore how to create a healthy work-life balance for yourself.
Find Work You Enjoy
You’ve probably heard the saying “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” and although that’s not always the dream it sounds like, there is some truth to the statement. If you choose a career you enjoy, it’s likely you’ll feel happier at work and will find it easier to switch off when the working day is done.
Make Time For Yourself
Your employer gives you breaks for a reason, so take advantage of them and use the time to unwind and step back from what’s going on at work. Lunchtime walking has plenty of health benefits and will give you some fresh air to recharge your batteries.
Taking a break will help you think more clearly when you’re back at your desk and it’s likely you’ll be more productive too. As important as it is to take your lunch breaks, finishing work on time should be just as highly prioritised. Working late will mean you get home later and have less time to relax or socialise in the evening.
Make Your Commute Easier
Making your commute easier will save you time and help you achieve a better work-life balance. Speak to your manager about the possibility of hybrid working or consider moving house or finding a new job closer to home.
If you’re moving to a new job and looking for somewhere to live, it’s worth taking a look at new build homes as these are often located near transport links, which will make it easy to get to the office.
Make The Most Of Your Downtime
It’s easy to feel so exhausted or stressed out by work that you spend the weekend catching up on rest or binging Netflix shows. But by the time Sunday evening rolls around, you’ll probably feel frustrated and regretful about having done very little with your time off.
Make the most of your time out of work by making plans in advance and organising things to do that will make you feel happy.