Work-Life Balance: Fact or Fiction?
There are only 24 hours in a day. It doesn’t matter if you are Beyonce or Brene Brown. I heard this while listening to a podcast called “Wisdom and Wanderings” by Tanya Wheeless, and it really struck me because, of course, it’s true. So the question becomes, what is the best way to fill those 24 hours? Answering this question for yourself is an opportunity to take charge of your life!
We all are searching for more time to do the tasks we need to like laundry and dishes, but we all also need time for ourselves to recharge. This is going to vary from person to person. For example, I am a wife, mother of 18-month-old twins, and a full-time physical therapist. This does not leave room for a lot of down time! So, I started getting up earlier than I needed to.
This was a huge mental shift for me! Prior to having kids, I had always been a night owl, but by taking a step back and looking at my daily patterns with an objective versus judgmental eye, I realized that I was not able to focus or be effective after 9:00 p.m. anymore. Now, I go to sleep and get up earlier. This works for me, but it might not work for you. The important thing to think about is what habits are working for you and what are not, and then you try to make the needed changes to be happier in your day.
The first thing I do in the morning is write in my gratitude journal. There are many out there, but I like The Five-Minute Journal. I focus on what I am grateful for and I set my intentions for the day. I then drink water or herbal tea and stretch or meditate. However, my routine often depends on the day and what I need. I do all this before my kids have woken up so I can carve out some time for myself, and this time has become super helpful. I am grateful for Tanya Wheeless and her “Wisdom and Wanderings” Podcast where she discussed the importance of this time in her life, and it spurred me on to try it too!
If you cannot get up earlier in the morning, then maybe you can crave out time in other ways. What about going outside or taking a short walk during your lunch break? Can you take five minutes when you get into your car at the end of the day prior to driving home to do some deep breathing? Some people enjoy staying up a little later in the evenings to wind down. Try different options and decide what works best for you!
When it comes to work-life balance, what we all need to remember is that it is fluid. There will be weeks where work demands more out of you and weeks where life does. It’s not always going to be a constant balance. Work-Life Balance is about re-evaluating your strategies at home and at work to allow you to be your best self.
Self-care is building a life for yourself that brings you joy!
June is Employee Wellbeing Month. It’s about focusing on ways to make your workdays healthier for your mind body and spirit. This month would be a great time to find some strategies for creating time for yourself in your day.
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