Feel unsatisfied with your work life and personal life? Does the stress of the two overwhelm you throughout the day? Do you feel like you’re missing out on important moments with your family? These are common frustrations in the modern world, especially for people with busy schedules or inconsistent hours. Here we will look at some simple ways to improve your work-life balance, courtesy of In-Home Counseling.
Leave Work at Work
This is the most important piece of advice we can give you. Once you’re finished working for the day, be finished. Turn off your work phone, avoid your work emails, and leave all of your work at the office. This may not be an option for all professions, so do as much as you can. For instance, if you’re on call at the hospital, tell the other staff members to only call you during an emergency. You deserve some time off with your family.
Know When to Say No (to Both)
The word “yes” can get you in a lot of trouble. You need to know how to say no to avoid overcommitting your time. You don’t always have to be the one to pick up the extra shifts at work. You also don’t have to be the person to volunteer for every school event. Prioritize your time and energy to the tasks that matter most in your life. This will clear time for your work, your family and most importantly, yourself.
Spend Time with People Other Than Coworkers
There is nothing wrong with being friends with your coworkers, but you should also aim to spend time with others. This could be family members, friends from your hobby groups, friends from the past, neighbors, etc. If you spend most of your spare time with coworkers, you will constantly be immersed in work. Your mind needs a break from that every once and a while.
Enjoy Time Doing Absolutely Nothing
That’s right. We want you to have a few days of total laziness. No plans, no commitments and no schedules. If you decide to run an errand or see a movie on that day, great. If you decide to sleep for 12 hours and then take a nap after lunch, that’s great too. The point is that you don’t need to plan every hour of every day. Having no commitments for a moment will feel like an instant stress relief.
Make the Most of Your Family Time
If your work keeps you away from the house most days, it’s important to maximize your family time. You don’t have to do big activities every weekend, but you should make sure the time you spend with family is high-quality. Watch a movie together at the house, eat meals together at the table, turn your phone off..just enjoy yourself. It only takes a second to create a memory.
Get Personalized Advice from a Counselor
If you feel like you just can’t balance it all, it may be time for a new perspective. By working with a counselor, you can find personalized solutions for your work/life balance. The fact that you’re reading this indicates that you have a busy or unpredictable schedule, and that does not always lend itself to traditional counseling setups. Thankfully, you can take advantage of in-home counseling services, so your schedule is never an issue.
Contact In-Home Counseling at (847) 903-5604 to learn more about our therapy programs. All of our therapists are state-licensed and highly experienced. We will match you with a counselor near you who can help you navigate your personal and professional life.