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How to Maintain a Healthy Work/Life Balance

We work longer hours with more complicated daily tasks than ever before. With the advent of technology and phones that fit into our pockets, some are finding no relief from work even when they are at home. You do not have to respond to emails when you are off the clock. Some experts even say that you are owed overtime hours for doing so, but in practice, you won’t likely get anything extra for taking time out of your personal life to respond to work queries.

This all amounts to stress that you cannot escape from, which, in turn, can develop into depression, anxiety, and, depending on how you handle it, can result in a variety of complications with your health.

Improve Your Work/Life Boundaries

46% of workers are stressed to their workloads, but what you might find more shocking is that 20% are stressed trying to juggle a healthy work/life balance. Even trying to find the energy to commit to your own things after work can be a challenge, so it’s no wonder that the stress rates are so high in our modern society. It is time to take back your work/life balance, and you can start today by following these tips:

Improve Your Health

The more you have to juggle, the less you are going to care about your health. This is especially true if you are trying to have a successful career and also have a huge at-home responsibility like raising children. It’s no wonder then that working moms are reportedly 40% more stressed than their non-parent counterparts.

Ask for help so that you can improve these three key areas of your health:

  • Diet
  • Sleep
  • Exercise

Acknowledging Your Mental Health

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and acknowledging it is the first step. The second is to take steps to improve your wellbeing and mental health. For anxiety, this can be done with:

  1. CBT
  2. CBD
  3. Applied Relaxation

Depending on where you are located your options might differ. You might be able to enroll on an online cognitive behavioral therapy, or you might need to attend in person. Similarly you might be able to buy cannabidiol, or CBD, on your own, or you might need a prescription depending on your state. The effectiveness of CBD for anxiety is well noted, especially for those who suffer from social anxiety, as it worked as a mood booster.

Ask for Help

If things get stressful and there is no end in sight then you cannot do it alone. You also don’t need to do it alone. Get in touch with friends or family and express your concerns. Make plans with friends to go to that exercise class, or to come over to help you make lunches for the week. If you have kids, ask others to babysit once every week, or plan group outings with others so that there are more than one or two pairs of eyes watching them.

Try New Things

Sometimes stress comes from monotony, so try to spruce things up and learn something new. Challenge yourself in healthy, stress-free environments for the best results.

Put Your Wellbeing First

If you find that the stress is still affecting your life, despite making changes, then you need to take one final step and remove yourself from that situation. If your workplace runs you to the ground, it’s time to find an employer that will care for your wellbeing.





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