Sunday, 15 July 2012

Finding that work/Life balance

Today I want to share with you some information that I picked up from a brochure at work.  It is about helping to create that work/life balance and coping with pressure at work.  I found it especially useful considering I have to work 9-5:30pm every day.  Something has to pay the bills.  No, I never intended on sitting at a desk all day every day - but this is what I have to do right now and I can only make the most that I can out of it, until I manage to move on to something else.

Spotting the signs of pressure
It is now all too common for people to struggle with the demands of work, whether this be deadlines, meetings, projects, commuting etc., which we all know can significantly impact on health and well being.

Unfortunately, if we combine the time spent at work and the time spent with our families/partners/children/parents etc., it becomes very difficult to concentrate on ourselves.

Signs of high pressure
Feeling pressured is something that a lot of people suffer from at one time or another, and sometimes levels affect our day to day functioning.  Below are some common things that prolonged pressure can cause;

Lack of appetite
Craving for food when under pressure
Poor sleeping pattern
Difficulty in making decisions
Loss of sense of humour
Suppressed anger
Feeling unable to cope
Lack of interest in doing things after returning home from work
Difficulty concentrating
Constant irritability with people

Do any of them apply to you?  I know I have suffered from more than a few of the above at times.  There are a number of ways that you can help yourself improve this balance and possibly help reduce pressure levels. 
  • Do not eat lunch at your desk.  I always try and at least go for a walk around my office, walk to the corner store or eat somewhere with some kind of view other than a computer monitor.
  • Try to keep your coffee or energy drinks to less than four per day.  There is nothing worse than feeling like you want to bounce off the walls..... while you are trying to finish a pivot table for your FD or something similar.  I drink loads of water now which aside from being incredibly healthy for you;  it forces me to get up from my desk and walk to the ladies room at least once per hour.
  • When you are home - cut back on your computer time.  Exercise, listen to music, read a book or newspaper and cut back on TV.  I find it really hard to relax and check all the social medial websites these days.  Being sat at a computer or even on my iPhone, makes me feel like I should be working and it is not relaxing for me.  Take a break.  Seriously.  You will LOVE it once you are used to it.
  • If you have a bath, USE IT!  I have a bath at least once per month.  I don't know why I crave it these days, but I really enjoy just relaxing in the water and that feeling of washing away the day.  I know now all of you have that luxury, so maybe make the most of it and occasionally, give yourself a "spa" night.  Paint your nails, shave your legs, put on a face mask.  A bit of pampering goes a long way!
  • Make time for YOU.  Literally, write it in your diary.... ME TIME.  If you schedule it in, you are more than likely going to hold yourself accountable for it.  Whatever you want to do in that time, enjoy it.  It could be your workout time, house work time or whatever.  Just make sure you get things done for you.
Anyways, there are just a few tips above that might help point you in the right direction for finding your balance.

Do you have any special tricks of habits that help you with your balance?

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