A Balanced Life: Tips for Juggling Work and Home

 A Balanced Life: Tips for Juggling Work and Home

Is work life balance a myth? In today’s fast paced world, it might appear so, especially as we have numerous demands competing for our attention, time, and resources.

Finding balance can be a real challenge, and I often see in practice the frustration people experience trying to ‘successfully’ juggle multiple roles.  The strain of striving to meet high expectations, and feeling the pressure to excel in both our professional and personal lives can lead to stress, burnout, and overwhelming fatigue.

It goes without saying that technology also contributes to the blurred boundaries between work and personal time. The reality of being online and constant connectivity means the line separating work from home life has become increasingly thin. Many of us find ourselves checking emails late into the night or taking work calls during family dinners. It is this constant blending of roles leaves little time for genuine relaxation and recovery.

However, moving towards a healthier balance is possible and here are some strategies to help:

  • Find your balance. Balance is unique and it is important to establish a rhythm that is reflective of your life, multiple roles, and values.  This means, acknowledging that life is dynamic and as such you may need to adjust and readjust as your circumstances or priorities change. 

 

  • Integrate self-care and micro-moments of relaxation. Self-care and relaxation don’t have to be separate activities. It’s often more feasible to take small steps by incorporating brief, intentional moments of relaxation and rejuvenation into your daily routine. For instance, schedule short breaks during your workday to move around or practice deep-breathing exercises to stay grounded.

 

  • Time blocking and themed days.  Allocate specific hours of the day for work tasks, family time, personal hobbies, and self-care. Consider dedicating certain days of the week to specific roles. This kind of separation and focused time can help manage work, personal and family responsibilities. 

 

  • No work zones.  Designate certain evenings as “no work” zones where you can focus on family, hobbies, or simply unwinding without the intrusion of work-related tasks.

 

  • Be comfortable with saying ‘No!’ and delegate. Ask yourself if you truly need to take on every task. It’s common to feel like we must do it all, or it won’t be done right – this mindset can lead to exhaustion. Sometimes, balance means saying no and passing tasks to others. This helps conserve your energy and resources for other important responsibilities.

 

  • Leverage technology.  Technology can be a gamechanger in streamlining tasks, online calendars and habit tracking apps can help you stay organised and provide an efficient way to get things done. 

 

  • Consistent yet flexible routines.  This may sound paradoxical, but life is unpredictable, and it’s important to be accepting of that. A routine isn’t about rigidly planning every minute; it’s about reducing the mental energy spent deciding what to do next. Knowing what to expect from your day can provide a sense of security and help balance the demands of work and home.

Do not underestimate the power of small steps; even minor changes can have a lasting impact and make a big difference. By understanding that perfection is not the aim, we can debunk the work-life balance myth. Instead, achieving balance is about creating a fulfilling and sustainable way of living that recognizes and nurtures both your professional ambitions and personal happiness.

If you struggle with achieving balance, working with a therapist can help you to navigate your unique work-life challenges. For more personalized support, visit Sage Clinics. Your mental health is our priority.

 

Written by: Dr Bisi Laniyan

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