The term work/life balance is often referred to when describing a healthy approach to living. When we consider the definition of balance, according to Oxford Definitions: ('a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions'), it is easy to understand how the term, when used to describe a lifestyle goal, might seem unattainable. Perhaps instead try using the term 'work life wellness. Work life wellness implies that even though most of us have to work, we still need to consider our health and wellbeing at the same time. Creating more space in your day to exercise, taking time for eating better, managing your work hours, and getting to bed on time can increase the chances of living a healthier and more balanced life.
We all live busy lives, so creating space in our day for self care can be a real struggle. In addition to busy lives, working from home has become the new norm for many. Although there are several benefits to working from home, many have experienced added stress since they've begun to work from home. It can be difficult to implement the boundaries necessary to shut down the workday when your workspace is five steps from your home space. A lack of clear boundaries between work and life can lead to longer hours and a loss of time for self care and time with family and loved ones. Practicing healthy work boundaries can help to create more time to dedicate to you.
Boundaries require intentional, disciplined choices and they communicate that you're going to make yourself a priority.
So if you are looking for more balance in your life, start by creating some healthy work life boundaries as per above and then set yourself a reasonable bedtime and practice following through or set aside 30 minutes a day for a walk or designate one day per week for meal planning, shopping and cooking healthy meals. Regardless of what you choose to do, achieving good work/life balance will only happen when we change our approach to living with health and wellness in mind and make ourselves a priority.
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