Our lives are busy, career. school. kids. parents. partners. friends. The list goes on. Somewhere on that list, hopefully, we will also find health and well-being. If you’re reading this article, then our guess is that this bullet point is further down the list than you want it to be.
Admittedly, it’s not always easy to squeeze it into the top section of the list. But, there are a few tricks.
Take a look at our top tips for balancing work and well-being and you will be on your way to leading a happy and healthy lifestyle.
When you wake up in the morning, and the sunlight hurts your eyes, the last thing you should be doing in planning your day. By that stage, you may have already hit snooze on your alarm clock 3 times. And why wouldn’t you? After all, your schedule is wide open.
By taking a few moments the night before to plan your day, you will know precisely how to begin your day. No more feeling guilty because you don’t have time to exercise, or wondering where the day has gone at 8 pm. If you plan, you’ll know exactly where it is going before it runs away from you.
As tempting as it may be, don’t plan out every minute of the day; we both know it’s not going to happen. Unless you have the stamina and willpower of Elon Musk, break your day up into big chunks with achievable tasks.
Take a good, hard look at your list: are you over prioritizing work, and is your only break at 10 pm when you plan to turn the lights off? That’s not balancing and is a perfect way to set yourself up for failure.
See if you can shift some of your tasks to the following day, or schedule shorter ‘wellness’ breaks throughout the day, instead of a 2-hour yoga session each morning.
Waking up early in the morning is one of the best ways to create a healthy work and well-being balance. If you can manage to rise before the sun, you will give yourself the gift of absolute silence. Everyone is asleep, your phone is not ringing, and you aren’t expected to answer that email just yet.
This is what we call ‘me o’clock.’ Whatever happens in the rest of the day, if you use your morning effectively, you are sure to have already crossed off many wellbeing to-do’s. Meditation, yoga, light exercise, journaling, even prepping a healthy meal, can all be done before the first sleepy head calls your name.
Bonus tip: if you want to wake up early, going to sleep early will be the key to success.
Scheduled breaks are an excellent way to remind yourself that your wellbeing is important enough to make it onto your to-do list. Take this time seriously. You may use it to eat quietly, do a few stretches, or even take a nap: this is your time to take care of your wellbeing.
If you see that day after day, your work is seeping into your break times, then take a moment to reevaluate your priorities. Does everything on your list REALLY need to be done today and by YOU?
A perfect day
Everyone’s perfect day is different. The following is a suggestion to help you design a balanced day that’s right for you:
This is not a realistic day for most people, especially if you have a job and a family to take care of. However, don’t think that each step needs to take hours out of your day. Perhaps your daily meditation is 5-minutes, and your sunset walk is 15. A long yoga practice could be 45-minutes, compared to the 20-minute one that you do in the morning.
Once you make a list of what health and well-being really mean to you, you’ll see that there’s always room for it in your day, no matter how busy your schedule may be.