Find Balance between Work and Home in a Healthy Way

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

There are a lot of individuals who seem to have a hard time balancing work and their personal lives. The present economic state is pushing more and more people to work longer and harder than ever before. Oftentimes, many people get caught up between juggling plenty of workload, managing personal relationships, handling family responsibilities and keeping outside interests in place. It is to no surprise then that 1 in every 4 American citizens describe themselves ‘stressed out’. And this is definitely not a healthy lifestyle.

People often rush at home and even at the office just to get things done and polished. It is definitely easy to forget the fact that as a person’s stress levels increase, his or her productivity also plummets. Stress can take away people’s concentration making them more depressed, irritable and worn out. This can pose a threat to an individual’s professional and personal relationships.

Stress also weakens the body’s immune defense systems over time and will make the person more prone to illnesses from the simple colds to headaches and even heart diseases. A recent study revealed that chronic or prolonged stress may actually double a person’s risk for developing heart attack. This frightening statistic is indeed something that shouldn’t be taken for granted at all.

Human beings may need a little of stress sometimes to stir them and let them perform their very best. But the ultimate key in managing stress lies in one word- balance. Achieving a state of work & life equilibrium is something that every individual is capable of doing. When employees are enjoying a balanced work-home lifestyle, they also tend to be more productive, physically healthier and are likely to remain in their respective jobs. Here are a few tips for you to loosen your grip and win back that balance in your life.

When at home…

  • Try to take some time off from your organizer or PDA. This same technology that makes most employees lives more organized may eventually burn them out if used 24/7. Try to make yourself available. Remember, you need to have ‘me time’ too!
  • Don’t overdo yourself. If you have a calendar filled already, then you might have to stop over scheduling your week.  Learn the art of saying ‘NO’. Stop that ‘superman’ urge.
  • Stay active! Regular exercise does not only benefit you physically but also minimizes stress, anxiety and depression. Being active also makes you cope with adversity better. Spend a fraction of your time walking or hit the gym several times each week.
  • Get help. Don’t let your stressful life get away with your health. If you think you are indeed stressed out, seek professional mental help. This is not a sign of being weak and vulnerability. Taking good care of yourself is showing strength.
  • Keep your body systems active and healthy. Being physically healthy enhances your stress tolerance and also minimizes your ‘sick days’. Stay active, eat well and make sure you get enough rest. You don’t need alcohol, nicotine and drugs in fighting off stressful days.

When at work…

  • Be efficient with time when at work. Every time you procrastinate, these tasks seem to grow and in the end will feel overwhelming. If you have a huge project at work, start by dividing the load into smaller tasks. Slowly accomplish each task and then reward yourself for every completion. Feel free to take a 5-minute break or treat yourself with a macchiato.
  • Set realistic work goals daily. Meeting goals and objectives gives people that sense of control and accomplishment at work. Make sure you get realistic with your tasks and deadlines. Don’t try to push yourself too much. Create a ‘to do’ list when starting the day and prioritize important task first.
  • Take a short and relaxing breather. Taking a small break at work is not just an acceptable behavior at work but is also highly encouraged by many employers. Small breaks will give you time to clear off your mind, help you come up with efficient work solutions and aids in decision making as well.
  • Learn to communicate with your office colleagues in a more effective way. Be honest when dealing with your bosses and colleagues. Try to suggest efficient or practical alternatives. Listen to other people’s opinions and learn from what they say. It is also important to comprise at times.

Find your balance at home and in the workplace for a stress free lifestyle!

 

 

 

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  1. This is a nice write up! I am looking forward reading your future posts Charm.

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