How To Restore Your Work/Life Balance

Work can really wear you out and whether your job requires you to do physical work or not, the daily demands of your job can leave you both physically and mentally tired. If you’re feeling the strain at work, then other factors which may be happening in your personal life, such as relationship stresses, financial worries and health concerns can all pile on the pressure. If you’re having to physically go into work, then you’re likely to be feeling the extra stress of worrying about Coronavirus, whereas if you’re working from home or are a remote worker, your work/life balance is likely to be taking a pretty big hit. 

Briefly put, it’s very common to be feeling stressed and tired from work, especially during these tough times. It’s very important to ensure that you are having a good work/life balance, so if that is in a sorry state at the moment, here are some ways that you can restore your work/life balance. 

Leave Work At Work

Many people feel that if they leave their work phones on or check their emails during the evening, then they’re more prepared for the next day. But, if coworkers, clients or customers know that they can always reach you, it can become almost impossible to leave work at work, especially if you’re working from home. If you’re always on the go, you’ll never find the time to properly recharge. Sometimes working late is part and parcel of the job, but if you feel like you’re becoming increasingly more relied on outside of work hours, have a discussion with your manager or supervisor. 

Ask For Help

A lot of people worry that asking for help suggests that they are incapable of doing their job, but remember that your employer is mostly interested in you getting the job done as best you can and, if that means asking a coworker for help, then so be it! If you have too much work to do on your own, getting assistance from a manager or colleague will help you switch off once work is finished for the day and you’re not worrying about it when you get home or before work in the morning. Asking for help isn’t anything to worry about and gives you one less thing to have to deal with alone. 

Spend Your Free Time Doing Something Rewarding

After a long day at work, many people lack the drive or energy to do something productive. If you’re guilty of just binging Netflix once you’ve finished work, why not challenge yourself to do something a little different? Look at pursuing things such as crafts or home improvement projects, or even spending more time outdoors. Brain-focused activities might sound like the furthest thing from what you want to do after a day at work, but learning a new language or reading a good book is a good way to keep your brain switched on. Whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with watching TV or playing video games when you’ve finished work, you’ll be left with a deeper sense of satisfaction if you try something new. 

Look At Your Self-Care Regime

Prioritising your emotional and physical needs is an especially important part of creating a balance between your personal life and work life. By taking care of yourself, you can improve your strength and resilience, as well as your mental health, which then makes it easier to address and manage challenges as they appear. Whilst getting enough sleep, eating well and exercise all have an impact on your self-care regime, self-care tends to go beyond these basic needs. Your version of self-care might be a quiet night at home, watching a feel-good movie or show, a gentle yoga workout or even just a nice, hot bath. 

Get Outside

If you’re working from home, it can be all to easy to find yourself spending days at home without realising. It is so important for your mental health that you spend time outdoors, especially after a long or stressful day. Try to make a habit of going out for a walk at least once a day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. Not only will this help you break the work/home cycle, but you’re getting some fresh air, stretching your legs and most importantly, giving your body some vitamin D. 

Vitamin D is important for the body to function properly and naturally, we would get this through sunlight. As more of us are spending more time indoors, many people don’t realise that they may actually be deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D supplements can help with this, but you can also try and make sure that you are outside in the mornings or early afternoon when the sun is at its brightest.