In the current times, especially with the prevalence of COVID – 19, many of us have been required to work from home. With this in mind, you may find that the majority of people struggle to find a balance between their work and personal life. It is very crucial to realize that a work – life balance does not entail a see – saw image where there is equality on both sides. You might manage and prioritize your time perfectly but still be unable to have a work – life balance.
In short, the brain is only able to effectively do something when it understands the underlying reasons. Please also note that work life balance not only applies to women but also men. Both genders have priorities although they may speak in completely different languages when it comes to this.
Reason 1: Less Stress and Anxiety
Everything is a choice in life especially when it comes to taking up more roles at work. Most people believe that they have no choice and will accept every task handed to them.
Remember: You need to say no to things that are not priorities
If you are provided with timelines that cannot be met, be clear and indicate that you need more time. On the same note, delegate tasks when you feel that there is a lot on your shoulder. You cannot do everything alone.
Always Prioritize your well-being. Anytime you feel burnout, rest and take time to do things you love. It may be taking a walk or listening to soft music to calm your nerves. Whatever works for you, do it!
Reason 2: Improve Your Mental Health
We are aware of the impact of burnout and stressful work environments to the brain. Cases of depression and suicide have sky rocked, especially in developing countries. Find someone to talk to when you feel overwhelmed.
It could be an anonymous helpline provided at work, country hotline or a psychiatrist. A problem shared is half solved. If the issue is internal and can be addressed with Human Resource or your manager, be bold enough to discuss what you are going through.
Exercise is also great in reducing stress as it improves sleep that is usually disrupted by anxiety, stress and depression. If you can, get a pet. It may sound hilarious, however, pets are known to reduce anxiety as they offer soothing presence and offer unconditional love and acceptance.
Reason 3: Work Life Balance Increases Creativity & Boost Productivity
Your Brain Needs Downtime. Most of us keep our brains active all the time. If we are not working, we are on social media following celebrity life stories. Our brains need rest so that they can reboot and work at their maximum capacity. Ever notice when you are constantly on your phone you do not generate creative energy?
I recommend a must watch movie on Netflix known as The Social Dilemma, which uncovers the reality of social media. More sleep helps us reduce stress, however, most people who are attached/ addicted to social media have reduced periods of sleep.
Having your phone in bed has the following psychological impacts:
- Keeps your mind psychologically Engaged
We keep our minds constantly engaged during the day so when in bed it is important for us to give it rest
“Checking your phone stimulates the brain so we are more active and awake,” says Dr. Walia. “Even just a quick check can engage your brain and delay sleep.”
Engaging with your phone before sleep can greatly impact your mood and feelings
- The Blue Light Suppresses Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone responsible for controlling your sleep-wake cycle. Therefore, when you are constantly on your phone in bed, that is when you will realize you begin to have issues of insomnia, tiredness and day to day irritability. Whatever you see before bed sticks and delays rest.
Social media has its positives of course. We rely on it for PR, advertising and with the rise of influencer jobs, some of us earn a living through it. The point is to strike a balance and let your brain rest when it needs to. Adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep to stay in good physical and mental health.