Blog 8/15/2017

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: 5 Work-Life Balance Tips That Will Make You a Happier and More Successful Person

 

So how do you find a simple work life balance that allows you to take charge, but also helps you to maintain your sanity? In this post, we’ll share some ideas on how to do just that.

First How do you Identify Burnout 

Burnout is defined as a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, feelings of ineffectiveness, cynicism and detachment.

Ever been there?

It’s not a very nice place to be.

When we reach a point of burnout, the effects seep out into employee relationships, business decisions–and often home life, too.

Here are 5 simple work life balance tips that will help you reduce your risk of burnout

1.Turn off push notifications

If you feel shackled to your computer or smartphone and are incessantly checking your email, your brain never truly has time to rest and recover.

Plus, ever seen someone at a restaurant who’s totally ignoring his or her significant other and is tapping away on the phone instead? It’s more than a little rude.

During nonworking hours, turn off notifications from:

  • Email
  • Social media accounts
  • Apps

Taking this small step lets you be more in control of your time (and a better participant in your relationships.)

2.Schedule vacations

Yes, you read that correctly. You need to schedule your vacations.

Think of it like any other work task: At least once a year, you need to schedule a time slot of two or more days when you can get away from the daily grind and decompress with your loved ones.

If you don’t literally put it on your calendar (even if you don’t have the details yet), your schedule is constantly at the mercy of external events and deadlines.

3.Exercise regularly

Regular exercise is not only good for you physically, but the American Psychological Association found that it also has ties to helping the human brain cope with stress, depression and anxiety.

Research showed that exercise causes a release of norepinephrine, which is a neuromodulator that helps the brain handle stress.

4.Cut the caffeine

Many managers lean heavily on a hot pot of coffee each morning that’s jam-packed with caffeine. They’re not alone, either.Over 83 percent of Americans reach for coffee to jump-start their days.

But caffeine is a drug that can cause anxiety, shakiness and general unpleasantness. Scientists recommend no more than 400 mg per day, which is about three eight ounce cups of coffee.

5.Start a consistent wake up time
Without a regular wake, up time, the body never has a chance to establish a natural circadian rhythm–which is a fancy name for patterns of our internal clocks.

And hitting the snooze button can have worse effects than you think. Waking up abruptly (say, after realizing it’s 15 minutes later than you thought it was) is hard on both mind and body, as researchers noted it throws both into overdrive to compensate for lost time.

If you want to gradually work on waking up earlier, try setting your alarm for just five minutes earlier each day until you reach the desired time.

Finding a simple work life balance takes time and effort, but can dramatically impact your happiness and overall success.

Have a  question? Contact us at AskANurse@DirectPathHealth.com

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