Is your work-life balance tipping in the wrong direction?

Is your work-life balance tipping in the wrong directionHave you been working too hard? Do you constantly find yourself tired, irritable and frustrated about the lack of time you spend with your family?

It’s a new year and therefore an ideal time to adopt a new strategy to improve your work-life balance. Research about the detrimental effects of an unhealthy work-life balance are irrefutable – making better choices about how you distinguish between your work and personal life can not only help you feel better about yourself, but also protect you from burning out.

A decent balance between your work and home life makes all the difference in achieving a range of mental health benefits. Lower levels of stress, better energy levels and a greater satisfaction with life are just a few of the improvements you will begin to notice once you make this change. Here are a few tips on how to achieve better work-life harmony.

Learn to say no!

Before you commit to a new assignment, or promise to help out a friend or family member, carefully evaluate your current schedule. If you have too much on your plate as it is, don’t feel compelled to say ‘yes’ to anything else. It’s alright to put your own needs first every once in a while, especially if you have several other tasks demanding your attention.

So the next time someone asks you for a favour and you genuinely don’t have the time, go ahead and say no! You’re not a lesser person for it and you’re better off being honest from the start, rather than taking on more than you can handle.

Make time for your family

Research covering 2,000 adults in the UK reported the average family currently manages to squeeze in just 36 minutes of quality time each day. This paints a bleak picture and suggests that other responsibilities are getting in the way of quality family-time.  A number of people report that their work-life balance is skewed in favour of their jobs.

To enjoy a healthy and happier life, spending time with your loved ones is key.  It’s easy to get caught up with work and daily chores and overlook the importance of some fun-time with the family. While this advice might sound clichéd, don’t underestimate the benefits of simple activities – such as reading a bedtime story, having a meal at the dining table with everyone present or arranging a weekend trip with your loved ones.

All work and no play…

Whether at work or at home, if you are overburdened by a sea of tasks, asking other people to help you could bring back some balance to your life. By trying to take on everything yourself, you’re likely to burn out very quickly and end up with medical or emotional health issues.

Also, remember to take some time to relax and unwind – especially when you are having a particularly stressful week. Spend some time on a hobby or activity that you enjoy and simply makes you feel less burdened.

Is your work-life balance tipping in the wrong direction? Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • You’re regularly working more than 10 hours a day
  • You increasingly resort to unhealthy snacks or skip meals
  • You regularly feel physically and emotionally drained during and after work
  • You get a reputation for letting down friends at the last minute