Work Life Balance
Five ways to take care of yourself during the work day
Whether you’re just joining the professional world or have been around the block, you have probably heard the term “work life balance.” But what does this term really mean, and how does one achieve it? That’s what we’re going to be sharing in this article!
Work life balance can be defined as the intersection of work and personal life, and how well these two things balance each other out. If a person’s whole world is absorbed with their work, you might say that they have poor work life balance. When a person can shut their laptop at the end of their day and enjoy their night without thinking about work then you might say they have good work life balance. The “right” mix or balance might be different from person to person, but it’s part of the job to find out what that balance is for you!
When looking for a career you may prioritize opportunities that offer work life balance. We encourage all of our candidate’s to do their due diligence to research the companies they are interested in potentially working with and to consider their desired work life balance. In order to reach your fullest potential balance is vital!
1.) Keep a healthy snack/drink at your desk
Make sure to keep a bottle of water on your desk to sip on while working and during meetings. Maybe you want to have some fruit slices or crackers, too, that are easy to eat during the day, but hopefully nothing too messy by your computer!
2.) Get some movement
If you work from home, you may be able to take a few 10–15 minute breaks throughout your day. Consider using this time to go outside and take a short walk. In addition, you could utilize YouTube for a short yoga video, there are even many videos you can find that have desk yoga! It is important not to spend too many hours in a row sitting during the day. If you work in person maybe you could take a lap or two around the office and spend part of your lunch break outside. If you really want to take things to the next level you could even invest in a desk treadmill!
3.) Stretching at your desk
If pulling up YouTube feels likes a lot during your day, consider doing a few easy stretches while working! You could stretch your neck while typing or touch your toes in between emails. Even a few minutes of stretching a day can make a huge impact in how you feel!
4.) Have a before work routine
Work takes up most of our day, that’s just the way it is. Because of this, it is a great idea to prepare yourself for the workday. If possible, create a before work routine that prioritizes you! For example, maybe a skin care routine gets you in the right mood or spending some time reading your new book gets you ready for the day!
5.) Create an after work routine
It can be difficult to transition from work to home at the end of the day. Somethings that can help you shut off your work mind are: changing into something comfortable, taking a quick shower, or decompressing with some music or a show. It can be super helpful to create a habit that helps transition out of working mode that you can complete every day.
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