Where does my job fit into my life?
Notice how I phrased that question.
If it were the other way around “Where does my life fit into my job?” it would sound a little ridiculous.
To most people in the United States though, their job becomes their life and it’s easy to get caught up in working for your future to attain the “American Dream.”
What happens though when you don’t find the time for yourself and your life is consumed by your job?
Your mental and physical wellbeing take a backseat and you find yourself 30 years down the road in a corporate blur with a Porsche you didn’t actually want.
At least you made that pension though!
Now you can finally relax, right?
The stress it took on your body to get you there will manifest itself in ways you might never imagine.
There are many scientific studies that show that the more stress you take on, the more likely you are to develop a mental health disorder.
The most common that you’ve probably heard about are anxiety and depression.
Both anxiety and depression manifest themselves in not only your mind, but your body.
You may get tension headaches constantly, feel the need to sleep all the time, or you drink alcohol until you can’t feel anything anymore.
So, how can you start now to find the work life balance your future self is craving?
Peep these tips below to start feeling better:
- Set boundaries! (If you want to learn a little more on how to set healthy boundaries, we've got a blog post coming up soon!)
- Come up with one self-care activity you can do to decompress from work when you get home.
- If you find yourself thinking about what you need to do for work the next day, breathe.
Tomorrow isn’t happening right now and today is over. So, take a deep breath and find something else to focus your energy on.
- Get some sleep! This sounds so easy, but knowing when you just need to catch up on rest is a form of self-care, in my eyes. Being aware that your body is craving sleep is a great first step in becoming more self-aware.
Your boss, your clients, and your employees can wait, and if you make yourself available all of the time, you’re fitting your life into your job.
It’s time you start fitting your job into your life, isn't it?