Recent research has shown that the balance between work and life has been deteriorating for many Australians as a result of working long hours. Long working hours of course reduce the amount of time that you have to spend with your family and friends, reconnect with yourself and do leisure activities.
If you work long hours you may also be more likely to feel exhausted and irritable when you get home. This in turn will also impact your ability to be productive at work and have good working relationships. If you have your own business it may be even more difficult to separate work and home life, especially if you work from home and the boundary between the two can be blurred.
However, it is not only a matter of how much time you spend at work but whether you are actually able to transition from work to home life in such a way that you can be present and fully-engaged with your family and friends and truly switch off from work. If you keep worrying about work in your home life or social activities or bring work-related stress into the home, this will impact negatively on your family life, relationships and your overall wellbeing.
At the same time, it will likely also impact negatively on your ability to be fully present while you are at work. In the long-term, a life that is dominated by work at the expense of home and social life is likely to cause stress that may in the long term lead to physical or mental health issues. This is why having a balance between work and home life is so important to your overall health and well-being, your relationships and your ability to be productive at work.
Below are 5 steps that will truly help you make the transition between work and family life:
- At the end of the working day, reflect on what you achieved at work that day, what went well.
- Make a list of what you need to do the following day at work.
- Take a few minutes to connect with your breath and acknowledge that you are leaving or finishing work and notice how you are feeling without judgment.
- After leaving work, take some time out for yourself by doing an activity where you can be fully present in the moment, for instance you could go for a walk or do some exercise and take in fully what you see , hear, smell and touch. If you meditate, doing 10 to 15 minutes meditation or mindful movements like yoga or pilates after work will help you be fully present and make a smoother transition between work and home life.
- The previous step will also help you being fully present and engaged with your family or friends. Make sure you set some time aside to interact with the people in your life without being distracted by technology so you can be fully engaged with them. If you live alone, you can do something that makes you feel nurtured whether it is taking a bath, listening to music or reading a good book.
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