For the second installment of the ThrivePass 9-5 series we discuss the nitty-gritty truth behind work-life balance. For tips on how you can leave work and work, and get back to living take a look below:
A Healthy End and a Healthy Start:
Often it’s the repetition that makes work such a slog. If you’re finding the day-after-day-after-day cadence of work to be wearing on you, it’s time to recalibrate. A healthy end and a healthy start, means giving yourself time before and after work to take a breath and recharge. After work, ensure that you’re giving yourself time to actually disconnect and clear you mind. This means no checking work-emails late at night, or finishing up last minute tasks after dinner. For a healthy morning, give yourself enough time to wake up and enjoy the day. Set a morning ritual that is easy to maintain and doesn’t cause additional stress. That means no rushing around, and taking time to eat breakfast and have a cup of coffee.
Cut Down on Commuter Strain:
Commuting is an irritant. In fact, studies have shown that commuting is one of the least satisfying activities of all daily activities. It can also lead to increased levels of anxiety, hostility, blood pressure, and musculoskeletal problems. If you have to wind your way through bumper-to-bumper traffic when going to or leaving work, your work-life balance may be at stake. To fix this, Psychology Today suggests integrating as much active commuting as you can, like walking or riding from a park-and-ride stop, or taking advantage of public transportation. In a 2014 study, participants who switched from driving to active travel resulted in improved well-being. On a bus you’re able to concentrate on other activities, fill the time with something productive, or simply unwind from the day. This can help jump-start your transition from work to life at the end of a business day.
Make Your Work, Work For You:
You spend a majority of time at work, so it’s worth the added effort to make your space as comfortable as possible. If you’re interested in Feng Shui our sister company, Wishlist, wrote an entire post on how to Feng Shui your desk and cubicle for improved productivity and happiness. Otherwise, small changes can go a long way. Instead of snacking on chips and candy, bring healthy alternatives to increase your energy and keep you healthy while you toil away. Take the time to be the healthiest version of yourself even at work, so that when you get home you’ll have had a productive day both with work and life.
Work-life balance is something of a misnomer it implies there should be clear distinctions between work and life, when in reality the transition is more fluid. Understand that some days are more balanced than others, and take advantage of light workdays. Find what’s important to you, be it hiking, walking your dog, getting drinks or food with friends, and prioritize. If you know you have an upcoming light workday, plan ahead and be uncompromising when it comes to sticking to plans.
Finally, when it comes to leaving work at work, your best friend is unplugging. Turn your cell phone off, log out of email accounts, and be active in the physical world. Aside from the added stress that staying constantly connected causes, the actual physical damage of peering at a screen ranges from eye damage, to worse. Your mind needs time to process the information it receives in a day, and the best way to let it do that is by sleeping and disconnecting. When you get home, instead of plopping down in front of the TV, take the time to give your eyes and mind a rest with a walk around the block, or a good book, or dinner with friends or family.
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