Finding a Better Balance
Juggling your work and personal life is a challenge for most of us. But how do you know when your work-life balance is getting “out-of-whack” and that it’s time to make a change? According to Yarvell Gardner, a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist: “Whenever you find your work causes distress in the rest of your life, that’s when you need to rebalance!” Below are three expert tips from Yarvell that you can act on now to help manage your stress levels—and, ultimately, your health.
Simplify What You Can
Before you can say “yes” to all you want to accomplish in your life, get comfortable with saying “no.” Take notice when things start to pile up. Say “no” to things that aren’t priorities until you feel you have a good grasp on everyday to-dos. Maybe it’s saying “no” to volunteering for an event, club, or committee. Finding ways to lighten your load can make a big difference!
Set Your Schedule
You already set aside time for meetings and work-related activities, so why not do the same for your personal life? Take a good look at your day and create the well-balanced schedule of your dreams by blocking off chunks of time dedicated to waking up, eating, exercise or relaxation—just as you would any other appointment. Now, you can have that midday walk or afternoon break without the stress or guilt.
Make Time for Joy
While finding time for the things that make you happy may seem out of reach with mounting work and home responsibilities, fun and relaxation is important to living the well-balanced life we all need to be healthy. Whether it’s hiking, yoga, knitting, or gardening, Yarvell recommends investing in activities that you enjoy. “When your personal time is truly yours, you’ll feel the most fulfilled.”
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.