How to balance life and work? This is a question many people ask nowadays. With the development of technology, human life is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Technology has made workers accessible around the clock, 24×7. Technology was supposed to make human life easier, but is it really making life easier all the time?
Given heavy workload at the office and all the burdens of duties and responsibilities, work-life balance may seem almost impossible. Organizations now rely less on brick and mortar companies with large staffs, instead, a limited staff is assigned with multiple tasks so as to seek improved organizational efficiency. Ultimately what it has brought is increased pressure on individual employees.
Let’s discuss in this article how to balance work and life despite a plethora of work and life responsibilities.
Stress Reduction and Work-Life Balance
Stress is imminent whenever you are assigned to a task. It is completely natural to develop stress in such situations. Reducing stress at work can help a lot to complete your task before a deadline and still feel healthy and energetic.
Did you know that you could easily reduce work stress by taking a little more care of yourself?
Here are five suggestions:
- Get enough sleep
Get rid of your mechanized everyday-work-mindset and give your body and mind some hours to rest. Where there is no sleep, there is stress. 8 hours of sleep a night is highly recommended.
- Be careful with what you eat
What you eat is what you are. Heavy meals will only make you even more lethargic. Eat small but frequent meals to maintain a healthy level of blood sugar and remain energetic. It will also help you stay focused and avoid mood swings.
- Choose right companions
Stress is contagious. People with constant negative thoughts can easily make others feel stressed. Choose co-workers who can cheer you up and support you in your problems. Peers you choose to associate closely can largely influence you. Make time for your friends.
- Give a rest to your Smart Phone
Staying connected 24×7 is not going to help you relieve stress. Give some time to yourself to enjoy life. When there is a moment to enjoy, simply shut your phone down and enjoy it.
- Time management
Looking at the clock arms constantly wondering why they do not move will not make them move faster. Start to think the other way around; remind yourself how long you have got to complete your task. Staying time bound will save you enough time to enjoy life while balancing work. Use ‘To do lists” and sticky notes to prioritize your work. Execute most important tasks first and spend less time on non-priorities.