With increasing economic struggles, there is a push towards working long hours, taking a second job or even starting a side hustle for some extra income. You might soon find yourself working more than 55 hours a week just to cope with your financial demands.

While work will provide you a sense of life purpose, a daily routine as well as financial independence, it shouldn’t come at the expense of your health and most importantly, on your ‘me time’

There will be many obvious signs that your work-life balance needs a reset. Your mental health will deteriorate with signs of anxiety, depression and mood swings. You may also stop taking care of your body and have trouble sleeping. You may feel incompetent and worry constantly about your job performance. To top it off, you will feel lonely and no longer have time or energy for meaningful interactions with family or friends.

Work related stress can be physically and mentally draining, leading to burnout. You will be emotionally and physically exhausted after a stressful work routine. The only safe haven will be in your social relationships and work-habit readjustments as you ease off the steam. The rest of the article will provide some tips that may help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.

  1. Enjoy your work. While all work is stressful and draining, it gets worse when you hate your job. Do what you love or love what you do.
  2. Know your values. Have your priorities drawn right. Recognize your interests and make time for things that make you feel alive.
  3. Set boundaries. Set limits to your work time and set aside time for other activities. You can switch off your phone, limit access to work emails or go internet free for a few hours.
  4. Nurture relationships. Maintain positive relationships and a social support circle to help build resilience. Prioritize time with your friends, neighbors or loved ones.
  5. Practice time management. Make use of calendars, apps, to-do lists as well as alarms to better utilize your time. Review your work time and cut down on time wastage.
  6. Above all, focus on your health. Regular exercises, getting good quality sleep and eating healthy foods. Do not resort to drugs and alcohol to manage your stresses. These only make the situation worse.
  7. Take a vacation, even if it’s a staycation. If you have a bank of vacation days, don’t let them build up or roll over from month to month. Take your time off, even if it’s a mental health day where you sleep in and watch movies all day, or a Friday afternoon where you skip out early and go meet friends for dinner. We all need to take breaks every once in a while.

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