Trying to achieve a healthy work-life can sometimes be tough. Entrepreneurs and employees are increasingly encouraged to spend more time at work and get better results. But at what cost to health, relationships and family does it all come at?
All of this can be grouped under the term ‘resilience’. Resilience can be defined as “the ability to maintain a high level of performance and positive well-being in the face of challenges”. It is an important ingredient in creating a healthy work-life balance.
Hard work is seen as a fundamental part of success these days. Some think the more one works the better. But! This can lead to an unhealthy addictive mindset of a workaholic. Workaholics tend to never have free time for things other than work, constantly check their e-mails and only think about presentations, meetings and current projects. They are often worried about taking breaks, being OOO and can be irritated by the smallest distractions.
I find it’s important to stop for a second, chill and think about what it is you want in life. Do you want to be on a never-ending marathon towards (sometimes unachievably) high goals? Or do you want to enjoy what you do and have time for hobbies, friends and yourself? Today, for National Work Life Week (7-11 October), I share some tips that may help you to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
The Importance of a Good Sleep
I can’t stress enough the importance of a good night’s sleep! Obviously, if you suffer from the issues mentioned above, it may be worthwhile to invest time and money in your sleep. Buying a high-quality mattress and pillow, opening the window at night to get some fresh air and falling asleep at around 10-11 pm will help you feel rested the next morning.
Sleep technology has evolved considerably. These days you can get a mattress that responds to your body’s temperature, weight and shape for deep and restorative sleep.
In addition to your mattress, pillows are an important tool in helping to align your posture and relax the muscles around the neck and back, as well as helping the body recharge its batteries.
Advantages of Having a Hobby
Think of a hobby as a form of entertainment. When you compare it to other options, such as watching TV, having a hobby is a much better way to spend your free time. Instead of sitting idle, a hobby will keep your mind active and bring you joy from doing something you like. Hobbies help me to switch my focus away from work and relax the mind. It is also a nice way of meeting other like-minded people and sharing your passion with them.
There could be many different clubs in your area that might be of interest to you: yoga, gym, cross-stitching, knitting, dancing, drawing, boxing etc. For example, I have a few friends who also love cross-stitching. We like getting together and enjoying spending time chatting, drinking herbal tea and, of course, cross-stitch. You may also want to use the Internet to find people in your area, organise a meeting by yourself, or start writing a blog – the options are endless.
A hobby can occupy your brain with thoughts that are different from your usual routine. A hobby is a very positive way to sort some of your problems. Try it out, if something bothers you, go to a gym class or for a run and see what happens. Try to notice how you feel afterwards.
Benefits of Yoga
Generally, when we talk about yoga, we get a mental image of a bearded guru sitting cross-legged on top of a mountain, singing endless mantras. That’s an incredible thing to do, but don’t worry if you are just like me and want to learn some asanas, become stronger and succeed at weight training. I always do what I feel like, this helps me to realise my feelings and emotions, stay connected with my soul!
I find yoga is great for strengthening your muscles and improving the posture. Practice it regularly and you will improve your balance, your ability to focus and relax your mind. Feeling better already? Thank yoga and yourself for it!
Many studies have found that exercise releases endorphins in the brain which creates a feeling of happiness and consequently reduces stress and anxiety. This really helps me to maintain a work-life balance!
Benefits of Planning your Week
Creating a weekly or monthly plan can be beneficial. It also helps to manage your stress levels and brings order to your life. We are all busy people and often have millions of things to do during the week, not to mention planned parties and catch-ups with friends and family.
So, I found that using a planner or calendar on my phone is very helpful. Firstly, by noting everything down you make sure not to miss an important meeting or forget to fill out the forms/make a call/register for a conference, etc. Secondly, it simply helps you to unload your brain and not to have to think about it all the time. Thirdly, you’ll have a clear picture of your daily agenda and be able to figure out if you can squeeze anything else into the day/week. By looking at your calendar you may suddenly realise that you are already stretched to the limit and understand that sometimes you need to slow down, say ‘no’ to someone and have a nice rest.
This post is in conjunction with TEMPUR® but all thoughts are my own.