Balancing Work Time and Personal Time
Blog / Individual Counseling
One of the most stressful aspects of the modern world is learning how to balance work time and family time. Most of us lead busy lives. We work long hours at the office, and we come home to long nights with family and friends. How can you enjoy both without feeling overstretched? Check out this guide to learn how to balance your work life and personal life.
Leave Work at Work
When you get done at the office, leave the work there. Don’t take it home, and don’t answer work-related communications at home. This is not possible in all professions, but it is possible for most. It’s important for you to create a separation between both aspects of your life. Otherwise, the stress from work will encroach on your positive time with friends and family.
Take a Mental Health Day When You Need It
Don’t be afraid to take a mental health day. A lot of employers now provide mental health days in addition to sick days. These are days you’re allowed to take off to rest, relax, accomplish personal tasks, and refresh yourself for work. If you feel overwhelmed by stress and pressure, take a day off. Give yourself a chance to reboot, and you’ll feel much more productive when the work day starts.
Don’t Say Yes to Everything – Know Your Limits
You don’t have to say yes to every project that comes your way. This is true in your personal life and in your work life. If you know you’re already doing too much at work, tell your boss that. Explain that you need help in order to maintain your productivity and deliver the performance the company wants. At home, don’t commit to more obligations than you can handle. You may not be able to attend every party, every dinner, and every special occasion, but that ensures that you truly enjoy the ones you are able to make. You know your own limits. Stay within them, and you’ll see a big improvement in your life.
Make Sleep a Part of Your Schedule
Don’t sacrifice sleep to have a good time. While you sleep, your brain processes all your emotions from the day. If you don’t get enough sleep, you wake up with the pressure of yesterday’s memories weighing down on you. That’s why sleep is an important part of depression treatment, because it allows you to sort through your feelings and feel better about yourself. When planning your days, don’t forget to incorporate enough time for sleep.
Make the Most of Your Personal Time
Making the most of your personal time doesn’t mean cramming as much as possible into it. Get a good night of sleep. Prepare meals for the rest of the week. Go to your child’s sports game. Take your spouse out for a date. As long as you are getting as much joy as possible, it doesn’t matter what you actually do during your personal time. Find happiness in the moment, and you’ll feel refreshed for the next work day.