Gaining a work/life balance can be tough but with a little change here and there, you’ll start to form your own balance.
Throughout our busy days we often forget one thing; to care for ourselves. I am guilty of this every day. I’m always focused on making sure my family are happy and healthy and that I went above and beyond with my work. Too often I will forget that I need time for myself otherwise, I wouldn’t feel like myself anymore. My balance becomes lost and my focus becomes everything and everyone else – which is ok sometimes but not permanently.
Water isn’t just for our physical ability, it helps in so many ways for our mental ability too.
Staying hydrated combats fatigue and tiredness. It’ll help with many skin problems too; including acne. Our bodies are mostly made up of water and every activity, seated or on foot, uses it. Your body also will give you signs that you need more water such ass feeling irritated or flushed skin.
A good way I was taught to test to see if I had enough water was to press my finger and thumb together for a moment and if the thumb stays indented, it means I haven’t drunk enough water.
Also remember that even if you drink the amount we’ve been told we should, currently about 2 litres a day, you may still need more or even less depending on how much you have done in the day.
Create a Good Routine
Sometimes looking after ourselves means making our lives a bit easier by keeping a good routine for simple things such as a morning wake up routine or a bedtime routine.
Forming a structure in your day will take some stress away; it is good to be spontaneous every now and again though to keep things fresh. By having a routine, you’ll be leaving yourself some “me” time which is really important for caring for yourself. A structured day will help you see where your own work/life balance sits.
Creating a routine will also help organise your days and will make it easier to know what you should be doing and when without having to overthink things. Just remember, it takes some time to get the right fit for you and your family but it really is worth it in the long run.
Remember to Rest
Resting doesn’t just mean sleeping or napping; although a good nap can do wonders to the soul. Resting also means taking a bit of time to sit down in a quiet place to recharge.
If you take the time to rest it’ll help clear your mind of all those unwanted thoughts and help solve problems you might be having. Taking a break can also help improve memory. Everyone forgets things sometimes.
If you’re feeling stressed, resting will help reduce it allowing you to enjoy life more.
Meditation is also a good way to rest and destress.
A clear mind will make better decisions which will lead to a better work/life balance.
Have you ever seen something you really, really want and thought ‘I’ll get that some other time’ and that ‘some other time’ never comes? If you do this all the time, you will most likely never reward yourself. It doesn’t matter if you feel like you deserve the reward or not, the act of rewarding yourself every now and again will help you to enjoy life; which is something you should be doing anyway.
Go brighten your day and get those chocolates or buy that jacket. You deserve it.
Take Time for Yourself
If you only look after others, who will look after you? Don’t forget to take time for yourself. Be that watching your favourite movie or hanging out with friends. If you don’t take time for yourself you with burnout and this is the moment you might not feel like yourself and your ‘spark’ might not be there anymore. It’s avoidable, so take time for yourself.
In order to have a work/life balance, you have to have some ‘life’ time. In an ideal world, it would be great to work around life rather than live around work which unfortunately most of us do the latter. In order to gain a work/life balance in my own life, I have been building a work-from-home business that fits perfectly around my children. Make sure you find your balance – you deserve to be happy.
What have you done for yourself today?
Have a lovely day!