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How to Successfully Balance Work and Life

By Sandy Schroeder

For some of us, balancing work and life can be an ongoing challenge. Sometimes work takes a big bite out of time and energy. Other times life speaks up and claims a needed portion of the time. If you can relate, you know we all need ways to achieve a balance.

If we don’t balance things, too many hours at work can cause burnout, or life at home can go into a spin when it is left untended.

Forbes suggests five ways to keep everything balanced.

Draw work lines to avoid 24/7 efforts - Sometimes we really do have to work extra hours and be available, but making that a regular situation can cause burnout and change life. Take a close look at what is needed and what is possible and talk with your boss about what you can do. Then stick to the lines you have drawn. You may find you are more productive when you do have enough time away from work to relax.

Don’t try to do everything - If you are used to doing a lot it may be tempting to try to do everything. Learn how to say no when it really is a stretch to say yes. Give work your best shot and then take a break. You may be amazed at how much better you feel.

Decide how you use your time - When you draw lines and say no, you may find yourself looking more closely at the use of your time. If some parts of your day simply don’t work, rethink them and cut out the non-productive time-takers.

Take time to refuel - In an effort to cover all of the bases it’s easy to skip workouts and work a little longer. When you pace yourself, and make room for 30 minutes of daily walking or a gym workout, your energy may go up and your work may improve. Daily meditation can help you start out on the right foot, calm and centered. Spending time with your kids after work or on the weekends can lighten the load. Do whatever it takes to stay centered.

Stay connected - Reach out to friends and co-workers when demands build. Vent with a friend or get some help when you need it. Later you may be able to return the favor and help someone else who feels overwhelmed.

The secret to balance seems to be doing something about it before it leads to a fall. Keep looking for the best ways to balance work and life. Creating a smooth path can make a difference.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Zionsville, Ind.

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