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November 17, 2020

How To Achieve A Work-Life Balance

You may have heard the phrase ‘work-life balance’ before. Some people will take the idea to heart and ensure they have a good mix of work and fun – they will balance out their lives in the right way. Others might have a harder time doing this, and that can lead to many problems. For example, it can increase stress levels, destroy relationships, give you a life of regret, and even cause physical problems due to overwork and not exercising enough.

As you can see, the work-life balance is crucial for your health and happiness, but since it can be hard to achieve, what can be done? Here are some of the ways you can get started; once you have mastered these, the work-life balance will become a much clearer path to follow.  

Get Some ‘Me Time’

No matter whether your ‘me time’ is measured in minutes, hours, days, or weeks, you need to make sure it is part of your life. Me time is essentially time spent doing something just for you. It’s your chance to be that little bit more selfish than usual, and although this might feel strange at first, once you see how much it relaxes you and how great you feel afterward, you’ll want to incorporate it into your life even more.

This ‘me time’ is the perfect time to pamper yourself with a long, bubbly bath, for example. It’s a great time to go out for a walk to ‘brush away the cobwebs.’ You could meditate, go to an exercise class, have a spa day, visit live online casinos to play the games, read a book, nap, or anything else that springs to mind. This is your chance to do what you want to do, not what you think others want you to do, and that makes all the difference.

Learn To Say No

The art of saying no is something that we all need to learn in order to have a great work-life balance. It’s a small word, but it has a huge impact, and it can change everything. Most of us want to please other people, which is why we tend to say yes when asked to do something, even if we don’t really have the time, skill, or desire to do whatever it is we’ve been asked to do. This can lead to stress, and it will certainly eat into any me time or family time you might have planned.

Learning to say no is a definite life skill and a crucial one to know about. No one wants to say no to something that will lead to an argument or a falling out with a colleague, or even friends and family. Yet maintaining the work-life balance is all-important. If you need to say no, you must be tactful and diplomatic, but you must also be firm.

Create Boundaries

Having boundaries between your work life and your home life will help you maintain a better work-life balance. You might say that once you leave the office for the day, or once a certain time arrives, you’ll stop working altogether and concentrate on family events or you’ll start taking your ‘me time’ to relax at home.

Working from home can blur these boundaries, but having a separate office in the house makes things easier. You can shut the door on your work and leave it until the morning. If you find it hard to stop checking your work emails, try having two phones – one for business and one for personal use – or switching off the phone entirely, so you’re not tempted by work.

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