Whether your work hours are 9-5 or night shifts, or even part time, work is essentially a notable aspect of our lives. Since we are living in a digital age, where our personal and work life are merged thanks to technically, it is becoming more increasingly difficult to separate the two. Rather than enjoying some family time while watching a television show, our faces are in our phones trying to read work emails to be prepared for the follow work day. It is so normalized in our daily lives that we don't take the time to think about how much work has infiltrated our personal lives.
It is understandable that people spend more time working since as the decades have passed, work has become more mentally and physically demanding. People have been spending more hours locked up in their office with stacks of paper than curling up on the couch with a nice fuzzy blanket and reading a book. So if we are constantly working tirelessly, when do we have time for ourselves? When did we have time to go meet with friends or go out for dinner or spend quality time with our families? All of these model situations are crucial to one’s self care and living one’s life to the fullest. However, people are finding it increasingly harder to find the perfect balance between work and personal life. It is important to note that your professional and personal life are both heavily important, especially since working tirelessly has negative implication on one’s overall physical and emotional well-being. Without work life balance, many people are left feeling stressed and show signs of 'burn out', such as feeling exhausted at all times and lacking motivation. Moreover, stress can cause a variety of negative psychological implications. Nonetheless, it is imperative to distinguish the two and refrain from mixing them. But how does one create this work life balance? For one, it is essential that each individual find time in which they unplugged. What this means is an individual has to find a time where they put away their work cell phone or piles of work and put it in on the back burner and what they do instead is focus on the moment we sent you with where they are. Unplugging doesn’t mean going to a family event but still constantly checking your work phone for notifications. It means switching off your notifications, shutting off and putting away your phone to enjoy the moment with your family members. But at the end of the day, do something that will make you feel happy whether it be reading a few book or watching a new series on Netflix. Find something that makes you feel joy and engage in it throughout the day to give yourself a break. Your body is a temple, which needs to be taken care of. A few hours break from work for the sake of your mental health may seem like a hard task to complete, but in the long wrong it will have tremendous positive effects on your emotional, physical and mental health. If you are finding it difficult to come out with different ways in which you can improve your work life balance? Do not hesitate to book a discovery call with Karen Natasha to change your situation by improve it for the better through create, effective strategies.