Americans are stressed about work. So much so that the workplace has become the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S, and in a study by the American Psychological Association, people credited work as their number one source of stress. Luckily conversations about work-life balance are becoming more commonplace and the millennial generation is leading the charge toward more fulfilling, flexible work that allows us to live happy, healthy, and balanced lives.
There are lots of opinions about whether or not work-life balance is achievable. Many believe that the only way to earn a liveable income is to take on a work-first attitude. But even for those who prioritize work, there are ways to better manage time and keep your health in check.
Here are some steps you can take to bring more balance to your day-to-day.
Manage Your Time
Planning and working efficiently can make you more productive and keep your job responsibilities from overflowing into your personal time.
Take Breaks to Recharge Your Mind
Resting throughout the day can help prevent burnout and allow your mind to focus on things outside of work.
Set Boundaries to Unplug
Setting boundaries for yourself, as well as for your employer, coworkers and clients, is an important element of work-life balance. Turn off notifications after hours and try our hardest to leave work at work.
Practice Mindfulness to Improve Focus
Make sure you are physically and mentally in the same place by practicing mindfulness. When you’re at work, be at work. When you’re at home, be present there, too.