Do you ever feel like your struggling with work-life balance? You don’t have to be. I have 5 tips to help you balance your personal and work life. If your a working mom like me, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial for your mental health and physical health. It helps prevent stress and burn out so you can connect with what matters the most to you, your family.
As a working mom, I have big goals and aspirations. I guess you can say I am one of those passion driven moms who can’t sit still and some days it’s rough trying to have a full time job, raise kids, have a social life, work out and manage to get enough sleep.
I understand when you are your own boss or in leadership the lines often blur. I know first hand how you can get wrapped up in starting your business that it takes over your life. It becomes all you can think about or want to talk about because your excited and how when your trying to rise in the corporate world you are determined to raise the bar and get noticed. Sometimes that means outworking your coworkers. Then there’s that pressure you put on yourself that starts to pour into your real life. Take it from me don’t let work take over your life.
I hope that you use my tips and are able to achieve work-life balance!
1. Leave work at work. As soon as you clock out don’t think or talk about work. I know people who’ve been so consumed by work they’ve even had dreams about work. I can’t stress to you how that is not ok. That’s not healthy. You need to be able to turn on work mode and turn it off too. You need to separate the two so that you can enjoy real life. All work and no play will suck the life out of you.
2. Vent up. Don’t vent out. I know sometimes things build up and when ish finally hits the fan you can’t help but unload and get it ALL off your chest. I get it. You definitely want to vent about work but please do not vent to your coworkers. I’m not saying you can’t develop genuine relationships with your coworkers but you still should think twice about anything you say about anything or anyone because you never know when it can be used against you. That’s why I just pray about whatever work situation that’s bothering my spirit and give it to God. I learned the consequences of oversharing the hard way but with experience come expertise.
4. Unplug. Turn off or silence your technology for an allotted time. Unplugging regularly allows you disconnect from work, recover and recharge from the stress demands we face daily. Research shows that when you stay busy running around doing this or that so much, you don’t leave time for you to reflect and evaluate. This is crucial to success. Unplugging allows you to take a break and clear your mind so that you can perform better in your business, life and various tasks. It also improves your focus.
3. Get a hobby or engage in activities that you enjoy. Whether it’s a creative outlet or just something other than work to look forward to, having a hobby that’s fun can be good for you. If you have a full plate or busy schedule you need a hobby more than the average person. You need to fill your downtime with things that make you forget about the stresses and worries of the day. If you find something your passionate doing and can have fun with it; that’s a winning combination.
5. Make your family a priority. Plan a vacation or family outing. After all, the reason why your working so hard is so that you can provide your children with an upbringing you hope will produce incredible adults. Use the PTO and don’t feel guilty.
“Never get so busy making a living you forget to live your life.”
Trying not to complain is the ultimate daily goal for me since I’ve come to terms that this is the life I chose. Although, at times I feel like I’ve stretched myself thin, juggling motherhood and work. It is a labor of love that is rewarding, but I’m not going to lie to you it can be exhausting. You just have to find a balance.
What do you do to prevent work-life exhaustion?