How to Foster Good Work-Life Balance

    Everyone wants work-life balance and it seems like everyone is looking for ways to achieve work-life balance. It’s quite a tricky thing trying to manage work, family, relationships, your personal interests, your physical health and your emotional well being all the while having little work/life balance. Here are some tips on how to foster good work-life balance:

    • First, avoid work related activities outside work hours; don’t work over the weekend or work late into the night. If you need to work at home, set boundaries and let your family know what those boundaries are so they won’t distract you from working.
    • Exercise, exercise, exercise! It’s good for your body, and it’s a way to blow off steam after a long day of work. Not only will exercising help you have more work-life balance, but it will also improve your health which is of utmost importance. Even if you’re a mother, you’ll need more of this to be your best for the family. So get a workout mom buddy, join a women-only gym and go for walks.
    • Practice mindfulness/meditation techniques to reduce stress levels that may contribute to work-life imbalance.
    • Give yourself a work break every hour or two and work on something outside of work. For instance, make a grocery list which can be done while watching TV or going for a walk. Don’t multitask work work tasks with other work but if you need to make a quick phone call or send an email, take care of business quickly and then go back to what you were doing before you were interrupted.
    • Foster work-life balance through a financial wellness program. Financial stress is very real and can eat away at work-life balance if you let it happen. A financial wellness program allows employees to work towards their long term financial goals without worrying about what they spend right now because work pays for things like retirement plans, investing accounts, college savings accounts, etc; employees pay no premiums or deductibles; most plans are 100% employer paid.
    • Get enough sleep because that’s when the body recovers from all those distractions during the day such as work and exercising. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep will help recharge your batteries so that you’re not exhausted the next day and help reduce stress levels as well!
    • Take time off work, work fewer hours or work part time. Working less means you need to work smarter not harder and that can help make work-life balance easier.
    • Lastly, be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to work-life balance problems. For example, take vacation days instead of calling in sick if you aren’t feeling well; don’t go out partying the night before work; plan nights out with family members during non-work hours; eat dinner earlier so that you’re not too tired to enjoy the meal after a long work day. When there’s something bothering you at work, talk about it with your supervisor/coworkers/ friends rather than waiting until things escalate into work-life conflict.

    In conclusion, work-life balance is all about finding ways to work smarter not harder, taking care of yourself physically and emotionally, practicing mindfulness/meditation techniques for stress reduction and being proactive instead of reactive when work-life problems arise. Hopefully these work-life tips will help you find work-life balance.