1. Find Hobbies and Passions Outside of Work
Yes, you are a person outside of work. If you don’t know what your interests are, start by creating a notes page on what you think could be fun to try. Then, go out and try it.
2. Take Walks Outside
Get away from your computer and put down the screen. Prioritize these breaks to be a no technology zone. Yes, it is always fun to scroll through social media, but allowing your brain to simply step away from all of technological distractions will help you feel more refreshed. Technology Effects on Circadian Rhythm
3. Start a Daily Notes Page on What Makes You Happy
Instead of looking at the negative of situations, start to find the positive. This will help train your brain to look for the positive in life rather than the negative. For example, did your morning coffee make you happy? Did someone hold the door for you? Did your co-worker crack a funny joke during the morning meeting? Did you find an extra piece of gum when you thought you were out? These small moments add up to a more positive outlook on life.
4. Work For a Company That Can Provide Flexibility
Knowing where and when you are productive can help you work efficiently and effectively. If you are spending too much time at the office and need a change of scenery to be productive, find a flexible work environment.
5. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle / Prioritize Personal Well-Being
Staying active outside of work can help you maintain a healthy mindset and promote happiness and well-being. You don’t have to go to the gym and get a sweat session every day. You can take walks. You can do yoga. You can stretch. You can cook a new meal every week. There are other ways to be “healthy” without dieting and working out everyday. Moving your body in a way that brings you joy and eating nutritious food is healthy and leads to a more positive mindset. Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle
6. Create a Strict Work-Only Space for Yourself
Designate a space that is only used for work. It can be very tempting to work from bed or on your couch, but making these areas of relaxation a place where you also work will make it harder for you to relax there. Even if you work from your room, designate a space that is a work-only zone that is not your bed. If you work at the office, try your best to not take work home with you.
7. Set Boundaries / Priorities
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Know what kind of tasks and jobs you can take on and handle. Overworking yourself will cause burnout and create an unhealthy balance between work and everyday life. Learn the power of saying “no”. If you need help on a particular task, ask for it. People aren’t mind readers, so they won’t know what you need unless you say something.
8. Invest in Relationships
Investing in relationships provides more social support and helps increase your health and longevity. Reach out to friends, relatives or your significant other on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. At the end of the day, your loved ones will be there to support you through all of life’s trials and tribulations. Strong Relationships, Stronger Health
9. Start Small
For some this can be a lot to take in. Changing small habits in your everyday life one step at a time can help point you in the direction of a healthier work-life balance.