Nowadays, people are increasingly demanding a “work-life balance”, which is also seen as an indicator of mental health. A 2021 study published in the Harvard Business Review concluded: “The work-life balance is not a one-time fix, but rather, a cycle that we must engage in continuously as our circumstances and priorities evolve.” However, how can we find a comfortable lifestyle in this cycle? How can we juggle the stress of both worlds without causing ourselves additional pressure? How can we find the ideal work-life balance? There are three suggestions to help you get started:
- Understand the value of time
If you want to accomplish a work-life balance, it is necessary to think about the order of things that matter in your life and understand that time is the most precious resource. You must figure out what is the most crucial goal in life by asking yourself the following questions:
- What are your values?
- How do you set the path that will get you to your goal?
- What do you think should be the highest priority in life?
- What makes you feel truly alive?
To understand these questions, it is important to conduct a daily activity log, this will help you track how you spend time at home and at work. Once you have completed the activity log, use this information to determine how valuable these activities are to you by asking these questions:
- Am I spending my time in the right place?
- Am I investing enough time to do what I really want to do?
- Am I investing too much time at work?
- How much time do I spend with my spouse? Child? Friend? Or for myself?
Some people believe that the priority in life is to spend time with their children, some think it is to develop hobbies, and some want to have a successful career. No matter what, there is no right or wrong. The only thing that often gets neglected is that time is a non-renewable resource. Each day and each moment is essential. They represent one less day, one less moment to experience life, reach your goals, and spend time with family and friends. It is therefore important to organize your time to align with your goals and values.
Therefore, it would the best if you organized your time to align with your goals and values.
- Practice Gratitude
When people say they want more time, they often mean that they want more time to do the things that make them happy. But how can you fulfill this? Start enjoying the little things in life! For example, how long has it been since you enjoyed the scent of a lovely flower? When was the last time you stepped out in nature?
It may be difficult to have the entire day free, but you can spend 10 to 20 minutes every day doing something you love like watching the sunset, enjoying a good cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe, or taking a walk in the park. No matter how busy you are, you should learn to release stress and recharge by appreciating seemingly ordinary things in life.
Another effective way is to keep a gratitude journal Every day take 15 minutes to write up to three things for which you feel grateful. The process of writing strengthens positive thinking abilities and enforces an attitude of thankfulness.
Furthermore, it will push you to find new things to be thankful for which may you never have noticed before. If you can’t find anything specific to write, try to describe how you are grateful for yourself. For instance, thank your body, the ability to run, travel, and love, and having the possibility of achieving any dream you can imagine.
A grateful heart is a healthier heart. When you put aside the distractions in your mind and look around your life, you will find many beautiful things that might have been overlooked before. Cultivating gratitude as the norm in your life will make you enjoy better health and happiness.
- Pay attention to your health
Exercise is not just good for your body, but also good for your mind. According to the Better Health Channel, a part of the Digital Strategy and Services Unit of Australia’s Victorian Government’s Department of Health, its research demonstrates that people who exercise regularly have better mental health and emotional well-being, and lower rates of mental illness. Moreover, it states that the physical benefits of exercise improve cardiovascular health and overall physical health, which is significant for people suffering from chronic physical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and asthma.
Finding time to visit the gym regularly might be challenging if you have a packed schedule. Nevertheless, any exercise is better than none. Start with small activities, such as stretching, yoga, mini workouts, or even going for a leisurely stroll at lunchtime.
On the other hand, doing housework, such as cleaning, washing, and ironing also provides you a mild workout. Clear your home, clear your mind. When you start to organize your physical environment, it will ultimately free energy and resource to help your mind to focus on more important things.
Remember – It is all about work-life balance. You always need to keep in mind that a balanced life comes from a healthy body.
- Better Health Channel: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/exercise-and-mental-health
- Harvard Business Review:
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