Balancing work-life demands is important for managing stress and building resilience.
Having effective go-to strategies and trying new actions help us be proactive in cultivating balance and building self-efficacy. The resource workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com has some practical ideas to help support work-life balance; here are a few highlights:
Let go of perfectionism
While perfection is not a realistic goal, we all want to do a good job. Identify what is good enough in all areas of your life. Be gentle and kind to yourself when things do not go as planned.
Choose healthy break activities
Make the most of your breaks by choosing activities that replenish you. Take a break from the screen, move your body, and get some fresh air. This might mean practicing a relaxation technique, preparing a nutritious and tantalizing lunch ahead of time, or planning a walk with a co-worker and catching up over a phone chat. Being mindful about how we spend our breaks can help restore some balance to stressful days.
Providing help and support to others can build resilience and asking for help when we need it is just as important. Asking for help creates a space to process challenges and provides others with a chance to help us, which can build meaningful human connection. Consider whom you can reach out to for help in the different areas of your life.
Balance is something we need to assess and put the effort into. If you are seeking to have more balance in your life, start small and keep it simple. Get support by telling someone about your plans.
- Healthy UBC