We often find ourselves clinging to expectations in this busy world, without the ability to find a work-life balance. Whether created by us or someone else, we know that meeting expectations requires effort. While expectations can motivate us to explore our true potential, expectations can also affect our mental health. Our lives are comprised of different areas. If we put all our effort into one, we can lose touch with the rest.
For the majority of the people, the work environment is the most demanding area. It is where they make money, use their skills, and experience their successes and failures. The work environment builds our character, but it has the potential to absorb it too. Focusing all our energy on one aspect can affect other areas in our life such as relationships, leisure time, and our well-being. To enjoy life inside and outside of work, it is important to find a healthy work-life balance.
How can we find a work-life balance?
Sleeping is vital
One of the things you can neglect if you work too much is sleep. You can miss good quality sleep if you are stressed from work. Sleep deprivation can affect your emotional and physical health, so it is important not to let work impact your sleep. If you’re working late at night and begin to feel tired, take a break, go to sleep, and you will wake up with a fresh mind.
Make a schedule
Plan your day so you have time to work but also to relax. The plan can include goals, meetings, breaks, and more. Planning leads to balance, and if it ends up improving your life, make a new schedule every day. Once you create a schedule, you must follow it.
Invest some time in making the schedule look good. It can be fun and relaxing to plan your day in a creative way.
Rethink time management
Learning to work smarter instead of harder saves time. For example, if you have to write an article, think about how you want to write it before writing it. If you decide to sit down and write without planning, you may scribble nonsense. Plan it and outline it first. Discuss ideas with co-workers. Set up breaks to allow your mind to relax. Thinking about the way you work will allow you to use time more efficiently and increase the quality of your work.
Stay present in what you are doing
When you’re at work, focus on the job. Don’t take it home with you after a long day at the office. If you had a bad day, treat yourself! If you had a good day, celebrate it! Use the time away from work to focus on your relationships and hobbies. Explore your passions. Try something new, or just go to bed and sleep. No matter what you decide to do outside work, dedicate your time to it so you can experience it to the fullest.
Working hard is an important value to sustain but make sure it doesn’t take over other aspects of your life, remember to find the work-life balance. Be more pragmatic with time and analyze where you put your efforts. Balance is the key to a healthier life, not a magical solution. If you want to receive specialized help to accomplish this balance, consider speaking to a psychologist.
Support for companies
Companies are not alone in their goal to achieve a work-life balance. Ifeel has created an emotional well-being program for companies, designed by its team of professional psychologists, which aims to help companies find the better way to promote the psychological well-being of their employees.
Thanks to this partnership, HR managers can receive personalized, data-driven advice on how to detect problems at work that may appear in your company and prevent them from becoming an obstacle to balance the different aspects of employees’ life.
Additionally, ifeel‘s emotional well-being program for companies offers employees a mental health care service structured at different levels according to their needs. They can access different mental health care tools with ifeel‘s app. They can also receive emotional support through a chat with one of the licensed psychologists on our platform. If additional help is needed, they can access the third level of the program: online psychological therapy with a psychologist who specializes in cases such as theirs.
Read more about how ifeel can support your team and lead it to better results.