Working from home can seem like your life has turned into one big bubble. Going from an office to working with your significant other six feet apart, it can feel like every facet of your life is bleeding together.
While there are some benefits to working from home, it can also be challenging if you prefer more of a high-paced work environment and external motivation from your team members.
And without fail, the intensity of work productivity and pressure can feel heightened when there’s a lack of healthy boundaries between your work, love, and social lifestyle all under one roof.
With the workdays turning into longer hours due to the easy access to technology, the stress can impact your mental wellness, relationships, and overall lifestyle happiness.
Here are Five Tips To Achieve Better Work-Life Balance:
1. Set Healthy Boundaries
Having healthy boundaries is crucial to sustain overall happiness and maintain integrity with yourself. If you allow the workday to control your mood, the number of hours you spend on a project, and whether or not you stop working when “office hours” end, then you are letting your professional life take higher priority than your personal life. This can easily happen because you are spending eight to fourteen hours a day working to complete tasks and reach your professional goals.
As much as you wholeheartedly love your career and are very passionate about professional success; at the same time, this can create an imbalance when your personal life takes a back seat week after week. When your love or social life becomes neglected, you begin to feel the added stress from work because it’s the only thing on your mind day and night.
Setting healthy personal and professional boundaries is important so each entity of your lifestyle receives attention from you. And, if you are working too many hours at a high intensity, burnout is likely to impact your relationships with a loved one and your clients.
Examples of Boundaries:
Establishing suitable work hours
Planning a weekly date night with significant other
Finding a hobby you enjoy alone or with friends
Implementing daily self-care: working out, nutritious meals, hygiene
Taking a lunch break or quick 15 minute breaks throughout the day to refocus
Embracing self-love: journaling, mediation, deep breathing exercises
2. Honor The Relationship With Yourself
Nurturing a relationship with yourself can give your inner peace during a stressful workday, as it’s your best asset to success. This can help you establish alignment with yourself so when push comes to shove, you speak up and maintain appropriate boundaries. Even though you may not be surrounded by your colleagues and team members, they may impact how you feel with the instant messages on repeat with ongoing demands. The constant notifications can become a nuisance to productivity because you are being overstimulated by noise and trying to multitask all hours of the day.