Obtaining a better work/life balance

Obtaining a better work/life balanceIn the fast-paced office life, companies sometimes overlook a positive work/life balance for their employees. But they do this at their own peril.

You might love your job or you might hate it, in either case you shouldn’t be over-dedicating your time to work. You need to spend time relaxing and pursuing other interests and hobbies that help you switch off once in a while.

In some cases over-dedication to work can cause increased amounts of stress, weight gain and resentment towards your job or employers.

So in the daily rush of office life, try these three tips to start reaping the benefits of having a positive work/life balance.

Take time for yourself, both inside and outside of work

Do the things you enjoy to relax, be it reading, exercise, video games… anything to take your mind off the job. Taking a five-minute break inside work to talk about the latest film you saw or book you’re reading can give you that bit of motivation you need to push on for the rest of the day.

Don’t focus on the parts of your job you don’t enjoy

If you gain extra responsibilities that you don’t particularly enjoy, try not to only focus on them. Think about the other parts of your job that made you happy in the first place – these small ad hoc responsibilities need to be done, so just do them! The quicker you do them, the more time you have to do other things both inside and outside of work.

Keeping your company happy

A positive work/life balance needs to permeate throughout all levels of the company to truly be beneficial. So if you believe you company could benefit from extra facilities such as a staff room or simply an extra sofa to unwind at lunch times, suggest it! These small things can help boost productivity for both you and your colleagues and help maintain a positive work/life balance.

If you would like more advice on how you can maintain a positive work/life balance, a life coach may be able to help. To find a life coach in your area, please use our advanced search tool.

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