We often struggle to find the perfect balance between our work and our personal lives. Our work success often interferes with our well-being outside of the office. This can be especially true when we work remotely from a home office where it is easy to lose a sense of time.
It is really important that we take stock of work and our personal time so that we are not disproportionately giving more of ourselves to our profession than our downtime and family time to avoid burnout. It takes a little effort to remain mindful and in balance for our mental and physical health. Here are some things to think about.
Plan and Stick to a Schedule
You need to set boundaries for yourself and those you work with by sticking to a schedule. This will keep you on track and likely make you and your colleagues more efficient and productive.
Determine what time you will arrive at the office and what time you will leave each day. Make it clear that you are not available outside of business hours. This also goes for working from home. Don’t answer your home office phone or email after your work hours. This helps bosses, clients, and colleagues respect your personal space.
Tend to your Physical and Mental Well-being
Take stock of your mental and physical condition so that you know what your capabilities and limitations are.
Don’t skip annual doctor’s appointments because you are too busy at work, especially if you have health insurance that covers wellness visits. Make time for exercise at least 5 days a week, even if it is throwing on some sneakers and spending 30 minutes of your lunch break walking outside. If you aren’t feeling well, call in sick so that you recover more quickly.
Disconnect and Unplug
Don’t be tempted to bring work home with you. Once the computer is powered down, walk away. Likewise, turn off your Smartphone. You need a break from technology both mentally and physically.
Remind yourself that too much exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is not recommended and can interrupt sleep. Therefore, do not bring your laptop or phone into your bedroom.
If you travel for work, try to use the time on a plane or train to unwind by reading a book, practicing mindfulness meditation, or napping, instead of plugging into work.
Take a Break
If possible, take at least one full day off each week. Just like elite athletes need a full day of rest and recovery, you do as well from work. Take at least one weekend day to relax and spend time with family and friends.
If you have paid vacation time, don’t let it go to waste. Even if you can’t afford to go on a trip, plan a staycation and do something new and different every day in your local area. You will return to your work feeling refreshed and clear-headed.