According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American workers work one month longer per year now than they did back in 1976.
That’s a lot of time in a cube, on an assembly line, or driving a truck. Let’s face it, Americans are busy. And it’s difficult to ‘find’ a good work/life balance.
But there is a way to improve your work/life balance. The secret is to simply schedule your work/life balance time and be disciplined to make it happen. Yes, literally schedule relaxation times during your work days. That may be during your lunch hour, or forcing yourself to take a quick 15-minute break in the morning or afternoon.
When you do carve out that time for relaxation, here are 5 tips to de-stress and improve your work/life balance:
Take a walk. When life’s daily pressures get you down, take a walk. Smell the roses. Feel the green grass beneath your feet. Walking is not only great physical exercise, but it can help clear your mind. If you are able to walk outside and inhale some fresh air, even better.
Call an old friend. Go old school and pick up the phone, versus texting or reaching out on Social Media. Hearing the familiar voice of an old friend can lift your mood. Talk about a great memory you shared or just catch up on what’s going on today.
Get a massage. Getting a massage can certainly provide great mental and physical health benefits by relieving tense muscles and relaxing. And the best part is you just have to lie down and be still. Let someone else pamper you for 30 minutes or an hour. Or longer!
Read a book. Reading is an escape entertainment and can take your mind off of daily pressures and stress. Reading also makes you smarter, so relax while increasing your knowledge. Try going old school with a real paper book. Feeling the texture of the book and looking at paper, versus a tablet screen can help you escape the pressures of the world a little more.
Volunteer. Even if you don’t have a lot of free time, making it a priority to serve others can keep you motivated. Helping others provides a good feeling and makes your community better.
Make Work/Life Balance a Priority
In addition to these tips to feel better and rejuvenate yourself, another thing you should do is make sure you are in a career field you love. What are you passionate about? What’s important to you? What long-term goals do you have?
Life is too short to spend it in a job you don’t like. Whatever your passion, interests, and talents, explore them. Don’t be afraid to make a change. Be afraid to not make a change.
Listen to Katie Prudek, a Family Heritage Life Sales Professional, talk about her quality of life and how the right career changed her future:
Just like Katie, you can find a career you love. And, remember, schedule your work/life balance and keep it a priority.