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Work-Life balance during the pandemic

  • July 19, 2021
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The new normal, work-from-home culture, has introduced a completely new set of pressures on all of us. Everyone is trying to balance work deadlines, family, friends, and social media. The lines between work and life have never been more blurred. It's even more difficult to maintain social connections.

Work-life balance refers to how you prioritize time and effort between professional and personal responsibilities. A healthy work-life balance will give you enough time to focus on your personal life, such as spending good time with family, doing things you enjoy, and so on.

Let's look at how you can maintain a work-life balance while also reducing the strain on your already stressed-out minds.

Create a dedicated workspace.

You probably prefer to sit on your bed with a cup of coffee in your hand. In fact, working from your bed is not the best idea if you want to successfully balance work and life. It is advised to avoid working in a location that you strongly associate with relaxation. Even if you don't have a spare room, make sure you have a dedicated space or corner.

Prioritize your work.

You may have multiple tasks on your to-do list. Prioritize those tasks into three categories:

  • Urgent and important
  • Important but not urgent
  • Urgent but not important

You'll be able to set goals and plan your days once you know what you need to work on. But always set achievable goals in order to increase your chances of success.

Set boundaries with technology.

Unwind after work because you do not have that travel time from the office to home. Furthermore, don't be afraid to unplug for a few minutes to an hour in day. Put your phone away, disconnect from the internet and allow yourself to relax and decompress. Because your well-being is of the utmost importance. If you are healthy and happy, then only you can be a better employee, friend, partner, parent, and so on.

Stay active.

Being physically fit increases your tolerance to stress. Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and get plenty of rest. Don't use any kind of substance abuse like alcohol, or cigarettes to deal with stress; they'll only make things worse. Exercise, yoga, and meditation on a regular basis help to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. It will also strengthen your immune system and keep you away from the doctor's office.

Get help if you need it.

Lastly, don't let stress interfere with your health and happiness. If you find yourself feeling overstressed on a regular basis, seek the assistance of a health professional. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is a sign of strength to take care of yourself.

No doubt, things have changed dramatically in recent times, but you now have far more freedom to live 'balanced' lives. Just figure out better ways to complete tasks or discuss workload with your coworkers and boss. Remember, you are in the driver's seat and in complete control.