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5 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

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

  1. Establishing suitable work hours

  2. Planning a weekly date night with significant other

  3. Finding a hobby you enjoy alone or with friends 

  4. Implementing daily self-care: working out, nutritious meals, hygiene 

  5. Taking a lunch break or quick 15 minute breaks throughout the day to refocus

  6. 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. 

Whether you love exercising at the gym, working out at home, or playing a sport for physical endurance, moving your body when you feel anxious is the best way to restore your inner peace. The minute you notice your cortisol levels increasing in your body and tension starts to rise, that’s your cue to take care of you! Simply getting out of your desk chair after a workday and committing to your self-care goals can help end the day on a high note. 

Besides moving your body, taking care of your mental and emotional health is just as important if not more important than physical exercise. Your mindset is the ultimate determining factor in regards to how you feel every day. Whether it's deep breathing, meditating, journaling, listening to music, or reciting positive affirmations and gratitudes, these can all provide a mental release to lower your stress throughout the workday. Each mental exercise only takes five minutes of your time but can benefit you all day long. Setting a positive intention for the day is proven to keep your mental stamina on par. 

3. Create A Work-Life Balance Structure

Creating a work-life structure at home can help establish long-term mental stability to maintain grit and life balance. Holding yourself accountable can give you a sense of security knowing you are accomplishing things that are important to you each day without trying to do it all.

Establishing healthy habits based on the things you value can lower stress levels especially when you have a demanding career. Whether it’s ending the workday at 5 o’clock in the evening or meal prepping on the weekends to eat healthy during your lunch break, every habit will impact your emotional well-being and mental stamina. 

A work-life structure can look different for every person, but setting personal reminders in your calendar is one of the easiest ways to maintain it. If you set professional reminders for meetings, then setting personal reminders should be equally as important even if that means adding deep breathing or hobbies to your calendar. The less you have to remember, the more space you can create in your brain for clarity and focus during the workday.

4. Limit Distracting Activities and People During Work Hours

Work performance may decrease when multitasking around the house or picking up the phone for friends and family during the workday