By Julie Morris
When you’re constantly on the move, it’s easy to put your personal needs on the back burner. Learning ways to maintain a work-life balance, however—in spite of a fast-paced lifestyle – can preserve your mind and body. This will make you more efficient in moments where productivity is needed.
Here are some strategies to incorporate work-life balance into your daily routine:
Maintain your physical health
Ignoring your physical needs can be detrimental to your mental health. It’s easier to feel better and more in control of your life when your body feels good.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. You can always build up your home gym, but exercising can also mean gardening, walking your dog, dancing, or vacuuming around the house; it doesn’t always have to be intense.
Regulate your sleep. That means developing a routine for sleep, such as going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, designating your bed as a sleep-only zone and avoiding the use of electronic devices around bedtime.
Keep a healthy diet. Eat plenty of colorful fruits and leafy green veggies. Avoid processed foods that supply empty calories, quick bursts of energy and a major crash later on.
Get a massage to loosen up tight muscles. Taking a yoga class, spending five minutes in the morning to stretch and breathe and learning meditation techniques are other ways to relax and eliminate tension.
Release anger and let go of grudges
Sometimes you don’t realize how mentally draining it is to hold onto your frustrations and anger at other people. Confide in a close friend, shake it off or take a walk; but do get it out of your system.
Sustain brain activity
Learn something challenging and new whenever you can. Stimulate your senses by listening to inspiring music, taking time to go on an adventure or contacting an old friend or acquaintance with whom you’ve lost touch.
Give back to your community
Volunteer for a cause or an issue that you care about. Help out a neighbor, join a nonprofit or do something nice for a friend. This is a good way to be productive, involve your family and develop your hobbies at the same time. Talk about efficiency! Investing in others will make you feel good about yourself, as well as helping others. And you just might meet some new, like-minded people along the way.
Stay in the moment
It’s easy to get distracted by the worries each new day brings. Instead of running through your mental checklist over and over, focus on the task at hand. If you’re at a spin class, expend all your attention and energy on pushing those pedals and releasing built-up anxiety and nervous energy. If you’re driving, roll down the window and let the sunshine hit your face. Breathe in some fresh air. Living in the moment is much easier said than done, but being intentional about the here and now can help you connect your inner and outer world awareness.
Build up your support system
Everyone needs help at some point. Deepen and strengthen your relationships with family members and a few close friends. They’re great sources of feedback, constructive criticism, a shoulder to lean on or a different perspective on your issues. Plus, being there for someone else gives you a sense of purpose, and can shed some light on how you can approach your own situation – whether business or personal.
About the Author
Julie Morris is a life and career coach who thrives on helping others live their best life. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison.
Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals (like her past self) get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book.