As a young professional who has been out of college for a year, I have noticed that my personal life has completely changed since jumping into the workforce last December. There are some weeks that I feel so overwhelmed with work that my personal life gets put on the back burner. On the other hand, some weeks are less stressful and I’m spending more time with family and focusing on myself. With 2019 around the corner, I’m striving to find a better balance and rounded up some suggestions on how to do just that.
When you’re at work:
1. Set manageable goals
Meeting deadlines and setting priorities helps people feel in control and accomplished. It’s important to be realistic goals with yourself and coworkers.
2. Learn to say “no”
Sometimes, we take on more than we can handle due to the fear of saying “no.” Learning that it’s okay to say this two-letter word will ensure that your workload does not become too overwhelming.
3. Take a break
You do not have to work every minute of the day. If you are at your wit’s end, then step away for five or ten minutes. If there’s a coffee shop nearby, go grab a latte. The walk can help you calm down.
When you’re at home:
1. Set your phone, laptop and other devices aside
If possible, step away from all of your electronics for a few hours.
2. Don’t stretch your social schedule too thin
Whether it’s dinner with your family or drinks with friends, don’t stretch your social schedule too thin as it will only increase your stress levels.
3. Stay active
Regular exercise will help reduce stress, depression and anxiety. This all ties into your well-being and ability to cope with adversity.
4. Eat healthy
What you put into your body impacts what your body puts out. Try to stick to healthier options that will give you boosted energy and clarity.